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Naruto devotees may have already noticed various ninja weapons and tools appeared in anime & managa, such as kunai, katana, shuriken, kusarigama, etc. The story in Naruto is fictional,but those weapons are absolutely true. Ninja culture has a long history in Japan, in which ninja tools take a rather important part. Now, let’s talk about the history of ninja tools in this article.
Materials used to make ninja weapons and tools are not luxurious, yet rather practical. As ninjas can not draw any attention, tools for them are also rather convenient and easy to be carried, which won’t make a sound while being used.
Ninja tools are divided into climbing equipments, opening equipments, water equipments and fire equipments.
Climbing equipments refer to tools for scrambling. Opening equipments are used to open a door or force a lock. Water equipments are used in water. Fire equipments refer to props that are often made from gunpowder, like smoke signals. Now, let’s take a closer appreciation on them slowly.
First, focus on climbing equipments. As the name implies, climbing equipments are used while scrambling. Below picture shows us the record about ladder in Bansenshukai. Five different ladders are shown there. But categories on ladders in Bansenshukai are much more than these. Take the far left one as an example here. It’s made of two bamboos. To avoid making a sound while climbing, both ends of the ladder are covered by supple items. Clue ropes, which are said to be strings stuck among toes on Japanese getas, are used to bind the whiffletrees. But methods on how to bind those ropes are passed on by word of mouth. Thus, it’s difficult to know.
It’s composed of four ferric hooks that are fixed together by a ferric circle. In most cases, the string is about 4.5 meters long. But the accurate length should be decided according to the place where it will be used. Kaginawa is definitely one of the must-have implements ninjas will carry.
Kunai belongs to the climbing equipment collection. It’s rather thin and can be inserted into narrow crevices. Being used as a small trowel at ordinary times, it can fend against the rival’s sword or Shuriken (or it can be directly used as a Shuriken). Various shapes are available.
Below is the structure chart for Mizugumo, which imitates water spider’s construction and gets the name from this insect. Ninjas walk on water by it. Ninjutsu pays close importance to secret. The action will be affected if ninjas make their bodies wet. And water drops will also expose their whereabouts. If touching water, fire equipments will cease to be effective. Thus, even though Mizugumo is difficult to be used, it’s still a crucial ninja tool. (Actually, it will be impossible to walk on water with it.)
4.Fire Equipment – Fireworks
For ninjas, it’s of great importance to use gunpowder, which is not only a devastating weapon, but also can be used to deliver information. Methods to make these fire equipments are rather secret. Below picture is firework – a kind of fire equipment, which looks so similar with usual fireworks. It can draw away enemies’ attention in an emergency and can be used as a weapon.
Katana is usually around 60 CM long. The blade is wide and heavy. With straight blade, square tan and a long sageo, katana can be used as climbing equipment while executing a task. Besides, the scabbard can help you breathe and eavesdrop in water.
Being thrown on the back to prevent enemies’ chasing, Makibishi is rhombic. While going into ancient Japanese buildings that are built by boards and tatami, people will need to take off their shoes. It will be so painful if stepping on a Makibishi. Thus, it’s an excellent ninja tool.
Needlelike flying spur is much more difficult to be used than Shuriken. It’s a concealed weapon that is used in close combats. Hidden in hand guard usually, it also strengthens the protectiveness of the hand guard to withstand the rivals’ chop.
Shuriken is the most typical concealed weapon in ancient times. Ninjas use shuriken in order to suppress enemies’ attack, instead of killing foes in many cases. Although there is no record about it in Bansenshukai, it’s absolutely a useful weapon. Shuriken is made to be various categories, such as triangular shuriken, cross-shaped shuriken, 卍-shaped shuriken, hexagonal shuriken, eight-corner shuriken, etc. Twenty-five patterns are shown in above.
Tekkoukagis are available in kinds of styles. Some of them are carried on fingernails. But some of them are fixed on the back of the hand. It depends on which skill the cosplayer is good at.
Composed by a solid & hollow wood and a chain on the end, chigiriki is a mace-like weapon. The stick can be as long as the ninja’s forearm or a little longer. Then the chain can be made to be different lengths. In spite of the simple style, a chigiriki is rather aggressive. It can strike or entangle the rivals. Parrying blows from enemies easily and capturing or incapacitating another weapon, it’s one of the favorite weapons for ninjas.
- Kunai knife-a knife used by all ninjas. all ninjas
- Cross shaped shuriken-a shuriken shaped like a star all ninjas
- Crystal ball-used to look into the future the thrid hokage
- Demon wind shuriken-a huge shuriken that spins like a windmill sasuke
- Guillotine sword-one of the 7 legendary swords of the mist zabuza
- Windmill-an ornament put on a sword to increase speed all ninjas
- Ninja info cards-cards that contain information about ninjas Kabuto
- Makibishi spykes-spykes thrown on the floor to stop enemys all ninjas
- Ninja string-very long and sturdy sting used to swing from trees sasuke
- Giant shuriken-a very big shuriken mizuki
- Paper bombs-papers that explode within a given amount of time all ninjas
- Senbon-needles that can be poisoned and thrown at enemys haku,kin
- smoke pellets-pellets that are thrown to create smoke all ninjas
- food pills-restores energy and makes you be able to fight for 3 days all ninjas
- carrier kite-a leaf village crow that carries messages to other people leaf village
- senbon with bells-regular senbon with bells attached to them kin
- sound reflecting speaker-reflects most nin and taijutsu dosu
- heroes water-water that increases your chakra by 10 fold waterfall village leader
- puppets-puppets used by people to do their bidding sasori,kankuro
- grass longsword-the greatest sword created by the grass village orochimaru
- snake sword-the grass longsword with a snake attached to it orochimaru
- ninja fist sword-brass knuckle with a sword attached to it asuma
- tasteless and odorless drug-used in drinks to paralysis drinker tsunade
- unstoppable laughter elixir-makes people laugh to death smoke ninjas
- unstoppable hiccuping elixir-makes people hiccup to death smoke ninjas
- unstoppable weeping elixir-makes you weep to death smoke ninjas
- plasma pills-restores blood used medical ninja.
- metal chain gauntlet-a gauntlet that has a metal chain connected to it and it is highly poisonous and is used by the demon brothers.
- sharkskin sword-one of the 7 legendary swords of the mist,it has tons of spykes on it and it eats away at chakra.It used by Kisame.
- Blade of the Thunderspirit– a blade that is churned with electric chakra and is a treasure of the hidden leaf village. but Aoi tricked Idate to steal it from him. It is used by the second hokage.
- Scroll of Sealing– a hidden scroll that contains information and every jutsu in the leaf village, it was almost stolen by Idate but Aoi got to it first.
- Green Spinach Pill-the first of the Akimich Triple Threat, this pill greatly raises their strength and speed and chakra.It is only used by the Akimichi Clan.This pill is green.
- Curry Pill-the second of the Akimich Triple Threat, this pill greatly raises their strength and speed and chakra.It is only used by the Akimichi Clan. This pill is yellow.
- Chili Pepper Pill-the thrid of the Akimich Triple Threat, this pill greatly raises their strength and speed and chakra.It is only used by the Akimichi Clan. Once you eat this pill it promises certain death to your enemy and yourself. This pill is red.
- Mind Awakening Pill– a pill that strengths Orochimarus curse mark. Using this pill will kill you if you dont use it correctly, using it pushes a curse mark into what is called a Level 2 Curse Mark.
- Smoke Bombs-an advanced form of smoke pellets. This bomb will bring out more smoke when exploded.
- Flash Bombs-a bomb, that once explodes, a huge flash emits from it.
- Light Bombs-an advanced form of flash bombs. This bomb will bring out more light when exploded.
- Bottle of Elixir-a bottle of medicene that rock lee carries. Once he drinks it he becomes drunk and can use the Drunken fist, however in English it is called the Loopy Fist.
- Demon Flute-A flute used by Tayuya to control her zombies using sound. She can also send out Genjutsu from the flute.
So if you are a big fan of naruto or who wanna do best of naruto cosplay, know the ninja and ninja weapon/tools history will get much advantages.