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Please note: This article is about the war fan. For other uses of the term, please see Tessen (disambiguation).

A Tessen

A tessen was a war fan, a metal ribbed fan that served both as a shield and to command as a signaling device. [1]

It was more often used as a signaling device than a weapon. Most tessen did not fold, and the only exceptions were known as Menhari-Gata. Most tessen were made of wood, but menhari-gata had tines of metal or hard wood capable of deflecting blows. The tessen did carry enough weight to bludgeon or lend weight to punches. On some menhari-gata, the tines were sharpened and used for slashing. Another kind of tessen was the gunsen, which was decorated with military symbols and used to signal troops in battle. Unlike most weapons, war fans were allowed into court chambers or negotiations, and they could be very valuable if violence erupted. [2]

Tessen 2

A Tessen

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  1. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 122
  2. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 179

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