Kusarigama

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Kusarigama at Iwakuni Castle

The kusarigama (鎖鎌, lit. "chain-sickle") is a traditional Japanese weapon that consists of a kama (the Japanese equivalent of a sickle) on a kusari-fundo – a type of metal chain (kusari) with a heavy iron weight (fundo) at the end. The kusarigama is said to have developed during the Muromachi period.[1] The art of handling the kusarigama is called kusarigamajutsu.

Methods of use[edit]

Attacking with the weapon usually entailed swinging the weighted chain in a large circle over one's head, and then whipping it forward to entangle an opponent's spear, sword, or other weapon, or immobilizing his arms or legs. This allows the kusarigama user to easily rush forward and strike with the sickle.[2]

A kusarigama wielder might also strike with the spinning weighted end of the chain directly while still outside the range of an opponent's hand weapon.

Legality[edit]

In the Republic of Ireland, the kusari gama is classified as an illegal offensive weapon.[3][4]

In Canada, under the Criminal Code of Canada's centrifugal force criteria, the kusarigama is a prohibited weapon due to the chain using said force. A kama (the correct term for a single tool) is legal.

In popular culture[edit]

Kusarigama-like weapons[edit]

  • In the anime and the manga series of Soul Eater, Black Star wields two chained-together kama.
  • In the game For Honor the Shinobi uses two chained-together kama.
  • In the anime RWBY, Emerald Sustrai uses a pair of revolvers with blades on retractable chains.
  • In the anime and manga of Bleach, Hisagi Shuhei's soulcleaver in its first released state is two double-bladed kama chained together.

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