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Kunai

Kunai as Tool

Kunai

Kunai

Basically for Ninjas, there is no determinate distinction between tools and weapons. Ninjas utilize everything around them or everything that they have with them both as tools and weapons.
Kunai (ꖳ) is an implement which indicates such speciality of Ninjas. Kunai is the most famous weapon of Ninjas second only to Shuriken (藠) . Kunai is made of steel and the shape is like a wedge. One end is a blade, across the grip, another side is a circle with a round hole. The length of Kunai is 100`480mm , the weight is 100`500g. Kunai can not be found anywhere other than in ninja schools. The key point is that it can be said that Kunai is a really original item for ninjas.
First of all, we are going to look at how kunai can be used as tools. To begin with, Kunai is an implement used for breaking a fence or a castle wall. Ninjas make holes on a wall with a Kunai, and they climb the wall by putting their feet into the holes. Sometimes a Kunai itself can be a metal wedge. On other occasions, ninjas can break the wall itself with a Kunai as long as it is not too thick. Ninjas have ways of using kunai to reach high places. For a start, ninjas pass a rope into the hole on the end of a Kunai and tie the rope tightly. Next, Ninjas throw the Kunai to a high place like a tree branch and hook or coil the Kunai on it so ninjas can climb to the high place along the rope. Kunai can also be used like a shovel. Ninjas can make a hole in the ground with a Kunai. Of course, a Kunai can be used as a knife because it has a sharp edge. Lastly, ninjas use kunai as a flint to start fires too, in those days there neither lighters or matches existed.

Kunai as weapon

Well, we are going to look at Kunai as a weapon. As you can imagine, soon after seeing the shape of a Kunai, it can be used as a short sword in close combat. Ninja can both slay and stab their enemy with a kunai. In instances where the enemy of the Ninja is a samurai, it is very advantageous for the ninjas to use a Kunai if the ninjas could stab the samurai in the stomach. Because the short sword named " Wakizashi (e) ", which samurais usually have on them is overwhelmingly longer than a kunai, wakizashi are beyond the control of Samurais. In long distance battles, a kunai is thrown like a shuriken. Some people call kunai " Kunai-Shuriken " , and there is a technique to throwing a kunai which ninjas acquire. It is hard to give a fatal blow to a target if only hit by a kunai, but if poison is painted on the blade of the kunai like a shuriken, it is enough to kill the enemy. But in principle, it is generally considered that a Kunai is basically a tool for ninjas for their missions. In instances where kunais are used as weapons, it is supposed to be an emergency. At any rate, kunai can be regarded as a truly unique weapon and a tool that is synonymous with ninjas and its many uses.