The Sasumata was also known as the "man-catcher". It was a four foot long wooden shaft with two foot inward-facing crescent blades at the end. The gap between the blades allowed a skilled user of the weapon of trap an opponent limbs or body, and was often used to pin an opponent to the ground. The sasumata was difficult to use, but it's ability to trap people made it very popular among magistrates and those expecting to face cavalry units. Only the insides of the blades were sharp. [1]

Military Use Edit

The Matsu family was infamous for training frontline troops in using the sasumata to great effect. This heralded back to the Return of the Ki-Rin, to stand against any cavalry-based opponent. While this technique did not prove effective, small units devoted primarily to this weapon since. [2]

External Links Edit


  1. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 176
  2. Complete Exotic Arms Guide, p. 19

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