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Arrows were made from bamboo and were usually fletched with feathers from a hawk or eagle. Male arrows spinned clockwise when released, while arrows deemed female spinned counterclockwise. Archers usually alternated their shots between male arrows and female arrows, so two arrows would not collide with each other when striking the target. 
Willow Leaf Edit
The willow leaf, or yanagi-ba arrow was a standard type arrow. The broad arrow head was used for hunting and warfare alike.
Armor Piercer Edit
The armor piercer arrow head ended in a small pike, and was designed to punch through armor. While more likely to penetrate the armor it would cause less damage to the target than the willow leaf.
Flesh Cutter Edit
The flesh cutter, or Watakusi, had an especially broad and even sometimes barbed head which would tear through unarmored flesh. It was almost completely ineffective against armored targets however.
Rope Cutter Edit
The rope cutter, or Karimata, wide crescent shaped head of the rope cutter was ideal for ropes, banner strings, etc.
Humming Bulb Edit
The Whistling Bulb Arrow had a unique hollow-tipped shape of the arrow head of the humming bulb produced a whistling noise when travelling through air. Very good for signaling or causing distractions.
See also Edit
- Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 123
- Legend of the Five Rings: Third Edition, p. 172.
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