A Killer Moon…

In keeping with the theme of close-in fighting implements, I thought I’d blog about an interesting variation on some traditional Asian weapons. Basically a modernized variation of traditional Chinese hand weapons, such as the sun and moon ring, or deer horn knife, they feature a crescent blade in either side of the handle, and a central standoff in the middle of each knife. This weapon is called:

Black Ronin Ninja Ring.

Black Ronin Ninja Knives
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The Black Ronin Ninja Ring is an interesting design, in that, in addition to having excellent slashing characteristics, it also incorporates the thrusting abilities of a straight blade, an ability that was notably absent in the last set of knives I blogged about.

Now one point I found quite interesting is how this knife is referred to as a “ninja” weapon. Personally I think it’s a little misleading, for many reasons. First, to my admittedly non-comprehensive knowledge, pretty much every weapon this knife could possibly be based on is of Chinese origin, while ninjas are of Japanese origin. Also Ninja, by nature, like to travel light, and would be more likely to carry a somewhat more compact close-in combat weapon, like Kama. So it seems to me unlikely that they would carry a weapon like this. This would be more suited for Chinese Kung-Fu than Ninjutsu.

But regardless of the idiosyncratic name, these weapons represent an interesting mix of old and new, combining several old weapon designs into a unique new contemporary design. Very cool.

Black Ronin Ninja Ring – [Medieval Weapon Art]


4 Responses to “A Killer Moon…”

  1. 1 gothog
    August 28, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Finally, a post about one of my specialty styles of fighting, Ninjitsu. You are entirely right that this is not a weapon that would be used in the fore mentioned style. While it is a nice design, Ninja were and are more interested in weapons that mislead. say a sword cane or Iron Fan are common examples of Ninja weapons of stealth. This weapon is much more suited to traditional Chinese styles and not Japanese.

  2. August 28, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Yeah, it seems like the in thing to slap the “ninja” moniker on anything and everything, whether it has anything to do with Ninjas or not. In this case… Not.

  3. 3 gothog
    August 28, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    pretty much

  4. 4 ChroniclerLoki
    September 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Hmm, that is interesting, I knew that Ninja were traditionally trained to counteract the Japanese Samurai, though I had always thought them Chinese not Japanese. Glad to know that there are things I am still able to learn as time goes by and I realize that I know nothing at all lol.

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