The Shuriken: Everyone’s Favourite Ninja Weapon

ShurikenThe shuriken, more commonly known as ‘throwing stars’ is one of the most famous and recognisable ninja weapons in the world. These small, flat, multi-edged knives resemble four-pointed stars, with a small hole in the middle so that it spins more evenly as it flies.

Popular among ninja enthusiasts and knife hobbyists, you can purchase shuriken anywhere online, one site to visit is Global Gear. Though the shuriken is one of the most iconic symbols of Japan, the weapon is shrouded in myth.

Historical Shuriken

In Japanese, ‘shuriken’ actually refers to any small, concealed weapon. They may be slashing, stabbing, or thrown weapons, and can be any hard item such as knives, coins, and nails.

The throwing star shuriken that Western people are familiar with are familiar with is known as ‘shaken’. While the modern shaken is a small, flat, star-shaped blade, traditional shaken looked very different.

Shaken gathered by historians during the Edo period of Japan, which lasted between 1604 to 1867, were larger and heavier. They resembled two, sharp, narrow spikes that form a cross.

There were also other types of shuriken that came from the same period, called bo-shuriken. These weapons resembled large, metal darts.

Were They Thrown at All?

While shaken and other types of shuriken truly did exist and were used by the Japanese ninja there are no records of these weapons being thrown at all. Though modern people know them as ‘throwing stars’, no one really knows how they were used. They could be used to slash or to stab, or merely as a form of intimidation or distraction.

Yet, the popularity of the shuriken show no signs of waning. In Japan, a theme park called ‘Nikko Edomura’ offers ‘Edo Work Experiences’, which teaches children Edo-era skills, including ninja fighting techniques.

The famous ninja star may not be the most historically accurate piece of weaponry, but will forever be associated with these stealthy warriors of old.

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