The Ninja Sword - Shinobi Katana

Published: 05th February 2010
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Shinobi Katana - Ninja Sword

Generally ninjas were not recognized to be accomplished swordsmen. There were a little who may possibly manage a sword well during combat, but for nearly all ninja, getting into a sword contest was not popular since they preferred the more "elusive" way to eliminate a target. If they were to utilize a sword during combat, you might guess that they would contain a small handful of "dirty" tricks up their sleeves (or sheaths) that would allot them a critical benefit in a sword fight. Samurai detested ninjas for their lack of honor and since they rarely fought fair. Ninjas were recognized to carry out "sneaky" tactics and would often work their expertise of chemistry to create blinding powder (hidden within their sheaths) or gun powder bombs to disable otherwise disorient their enemies inside close combat. An additional barely known detail is that the normal ninja would often make use of a flintlock gun initially prior to drawing a sword if a option presented itself.

Here are a a small number of distinctions concerning the ninja sword that ought to be mentioned. The edge of the ninja sword blade was not like that of the samurai sword. A samurai sword was double-bladed and designed with the strict goal that it would exist used to slay an opponent taking part in combat. Unlike the ninja sword, which was used like a tool more often than for combat, the samurai sword was not designed for chopping wood, making holes, or scraping lumber. The authentic ninja sword was comparable to a scythe in that it was single-edged, instead of double-edged. Occasionally, this sword was called the Mountain sword [Yamagatana] since it was designed for multiple uses like cutting firewood (which was often done by ninja while dressed in disguise the same as commoners). The ninja sword's blade was straight, unlike the curved samurai sword, which made it durable enough so the ninja may well utilize it like a step intended for climbing tall places such as castle walls. They additionally used their sword to carve wooden objects, rope, and cloth. The knotted rope [Sageo] which connected the covering to the sword was nine feet in length, which was much longer than the rope used meant for other kinds of swords. The long connecting rope was thrown up on top of the wall until it wedged securely on the top of the wall and used like an anchor to next pull themselves up. The sword guard, called the Tsuba, was much stronger and wider than the samurai sword so it too may perhaps be used in the role of a step for climbing. After they got up to the top of the wall, the lengthy rope attached was drawn in the casing.

Since ninja blended into their surroundings like commoners, merchants, monks, and farmers, they concealed their weapons while roaming. Moving a long curved samurai sword around which was made on behalf of combat would not have been unproblematic to explain if they were posing like a priest or farmer. The shorter and straighter ninja sword was much easier to conceal within a bundle of lumber or looked like a regular "tool" a tradesmen would make use of for occupation.

The information presented within this short article is just a small amount of the historical ninja secrets known. You can learn other amazing ninja details and secrets at: www.realninjabook.com.

Chris has had the privilege of interviewing and learning about ninjas from author/historian, Dr. Hirohisa Oda. You can find more information about Dr. Oda and his first hand knowledge about ninjas and their role in Japan's history at www.realninjabook.com.

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