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Kusarigama - Red Oak
Made in Japan
Composition: Red oak, Chrome Plated Brass Chain
Length: 46 cm (blade: 16.5 cm)
Tsuka (handle) diameter: 27 mm x 37 mm
Chain length: 142 cm
Weight: ~600 g (without chain: ~390g)
'Kusari' means chain, and the 'Kama' was originally a farming tool, a short sickle. Combined, it forms the 'Kusarigama', a weapon used mainly in Okinawa, designed from simple tools to bypass laws against the possession and carrying of weapons in medieval Japan.
A wooden weight is attached to the end of the fairly long chain to enhance its usage as hooking weapon.
This model is made of Japanese red oak with a oil polish finish and the chain is made of chrome plated brass with invisible joints. Brass is significantly less resistant than steel. This is a choice for safer Kusarigama training, allowing the chain to break if needed (especially for techniques that include wrapping the chain around the neck). A model without chain, the Kama, is also available.
Kusarigama Jutsu, the art of handling the Kusarigama, is difficult to master, containing a set of techniques using the chain and/or sickle, ranging from direct attacks to disarming the opponent from distance.
Here you can watch an example of Kusarigama techniques of the Araki Ryu demonstration on our YouTube channel.