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Weapons Manriki-Kusari Meiji Restoration

SKU: Weapons; Manriki-Kusari $99.95
MANRIKI-KUSARI Allegedly, the head sentry of Edo castle, Dannoshin Toshimitsu Masaki invented the Manriki-kusari or ten-thousand-power chain around 1800. The weapon was designed as an effective defense against a stick or sword wielding opponent when employed to parry or entangle their weapon. Also, as an offensive weapon to strike an opponent with the heavily weighted ends. As guardian of the Otemon Gate, Masaki sought to develop a weapon which would be bloodless so as to protect the sacred areas he guarded from being defiled with blood since at the time the Japanese viewed blood as spiritually unclean. Subsequently, the Manriki-kusari was adopted for use by the Edo period police who were not allowed to carry swords as a defense against those who could. The Manriki-kusari is constructed of a 24 to 36 length of iron chain with weights designed in a blunt pyramid shape. The cut corners and edges are formidable when striking.