Japanese Tessen ''War Fan''

  • Medieval Asia
  • Less than 1 min

By Crusader1307

A simple item used to cool one's self, it took very little for some enterprising weapons maker to develop this into a weapon. Most fans were made of cloth or silk. War Fans, were constructed of interlocking plates of brass or iron. Strong, when extended the formed a solid semi-circle which could gouge or cut an attacker. Used by Samurai as a personal clandestine weapon, actual “kata” or training techniques were developed for proper usage. Versions could also be used to fend off arrows and be used as a metal “swimming fin” (for water use). The could range (extended) from a 15 to 20 inch spread radius.