10 unique instruments from around the world
Each weapon created for a specific purpose. It is constantly improving to warriors who will own them have always been satisfied. Sometimes these requirements help to create a unique weapon.
Shuko - edged weapon, which was used in ancient Japan. There is such a weapon "Shobo" made of wood, but LASS usually made of metal and a ring had one or more spikes. Whoever owned this weapon were either one or two rings, one on the middle finger, and the other ring on the index. Usually they are worn on the inside or the outside of the palm such weapons tried to beat through the arteries, the neck, allowing stun the enemy and cause him serious injury. Shuko used not to kill the enemy, and for the submission. These weapons use ninja. It was common among the women ninja, who were called "Kunoichi". On the tips of the spikes coated poison that allows the owner to easily deal with the enemy. For women ninja LASS was one of the most lethal and effective weapons.
A lot of interesting weapons came to us from ancient India, but among all the guns, Khaladov most dangerous. Khaladov - a weapon of the ancient caste Rajputs. Rajput devoted his life to the struggle and honor Khaladov used to destroy multiple enemies. Khaladov are two double-edged blade attached to the two opposite sides of the handle. This piercing weapons, although slightly curved blade would like to battle enemy and parry. Some species Khaladov were made of metal and looked like brass knuckles, which covered one side of the handle. Army ancient Indian warriors would have been very dangerous, using Khaladov, as well as the famous double-edged scimitar khanda.
sodegarami, which means "zaputyvatel sleeves" used by the police Edo. This weapon tried to confuse the enemy's clothes. What helped neutralize and catch the criminal without causing it any injuries and wounds. Two people was enough to catch the criminal. One attack in front and the other behind the attacks, working together, they were able to neutralize criminal. Two soderagami confusing clothes offender did not leave him a chance to escape. This was an important instrument for the arrest of the samurai, which by law can only be killed by other samurai. After the samurai drew his katana, the officer attacked him with soderagami. These weapons are often helped the officers in apprehending criminals.
Maybe it's the biggest in the history of the sword. Zweihänder enjoy Swiss and German infantry. This two-handed sword, length of 178 centimeters and a weight of about 1.4-6.4 kg, although it is worth noting that the larger swords were used only for ceremonies. Zweihänder used against peak and halberds, also have this sword there unsharp portion of the blade, which is called ricasso. It is for ricasso could keep this sword. The soldier, who owned the sword, nazyvaliss Landsknecht. These soldiers feared and respected. Turn, the government released them from paying taxes. But then zweihänder became a ceremonial weapon. There is a lot of information about what zweihänder interfere in the battles.
Ancient Muslim and Hindu ascetics, were not allowed to carry weapons, so they were forced to come up with another way to protect yourself. They created Madu. First he made two Indian antelope horns connected perpendicularly to the crossbar. "Horn fakir" were excellent for stabbing, but fakirs suggested that it is best suited to protect. Even today you can find a school Madu Warriors. Maan kombu, which means horn olenya- part of a larger art silambam. The name of it was due to the material from which made the weapon as fakirs then began to use the horns of other animals. This martial art is slowly dying, as the law prohibits the use of animal horns. There are several variations of this type of weapon, for example made of metal with a small protective shield.
5. The fire lance
This weapon appeared in ancient China. It was like a spear was within a shell of gunpowder. Previously, it was our bamboo tube with sand tied to the spear. Which gave a huge advantage in the battle, and also it can blind the enemy. Later in the fiery spears began adding shrapnel and poison. And then we began to make a spear from a durable wood, and metal. There is information about the weapon called "fiery trumpet," which looks like a flamethrower. With the advent of toxic chemicals, weapons have been improved, and it was mixed with the explosive. These weapons could spew toxic fire for about 5 minutes at a distance of 4 meters.
This weapon from the Stone Age was a precursor to the bow and arrow. After all, unlike the atlatl spear could fly at a speed of 160 km \ h. This is a common and simple weapons, with a slight bulge at one end. But, despite its simplicity, the atlatl was a very effective weapon, and helps both in war and hunting. Due to its flexibility the weapon has a very high speed. Archaeologists claim that this weapon was widespread on all continents except Africa. Then he replaced the bow and arrow. And that this instrument is still in use in 1500 the Aztecs.
This is often called sickle-shaped sword weapon, but ancient Egyptian KHOPESH was something hybrid sword and ax. Earlier Egyptian dynasty used the mace and it was considered the main weapon, but KHOPESH proven its effectiveness on the battlefield, and then he became a symbol of Egypt. KHOPESH, usually made of bronze and the sword was quite heavy. It is believed that one KHOPESH was Egyptian military ax. The blade was curved like a sickle, and only the outer edge has been sharpened. But it can also be compared to a modern saber. The inner part of the arm allowed to lure into a trap or to deprive the enemy of his shield. 2. Shotel
In contrast KHOPESH, shotel was a real crescent sword, which was used in ancient Ethiopia. Due to its shape it has been difficult to parry shotel another sword or shield, as shotel curving around it. Although it is believed that this type of weapon is useless. The handle has a small and large blade in the form of braids, made unwieldy weapon, and it hurt him, and managed to keep him in the fight. Because of its shape to pull the blade out of the scabbard was uncomfortable. Many talked about the impracticality of these weapons, and because the Ethiopians themselves believed that it is something more than a decorative weapon. They also believed that shotel attracted the attention of women.
Urumi - flexible whips, swords. Needless blade is made of a flexible metal that can be wrapped around the waist like a belt. blade length was different, but one thing is only just to say that Urumi could reach 3-5 meters in length. This sword whipped around, thereby creating a "protective zone" that prevented the enemy come closer. Blades of ground on both sides, have been extremely dangerous even for the owner. These weapons require a certain skill. Even just stopped turning the sword, or to change its direction required a lot of effort. Because of this, Urumi could not be used in massive battles. Yet, despite some difficulties in handling, Urumi was considered a powerful weapon. Resistance was useless, because when trying to stop the sword, shield, Urumi curving around it.