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6 Cool Types of Throwing Stars for Ninja Lovers!

Throwing Stars

By Zara SophiaPublished about a month ago 4 min read
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It may seem like a high-tech and glamorous choice of weapon, but the ninja star is actually low-tech and quite primitive. Though these metal stars are sold as artifacts of Japanese martial arts, they are not used in any kind of competitive or martial practice across North America.

In fact, these throwing stars are often sold at flea markets and fairs as one of many different kinds of novelty or practical joke weapons. The ninja star is named "shuriken" and can be defined as a roughly concave, open-centered metal (steel) star with four or more sharpened points. They were used as ninja weapons and were also used as tools in trades like construction (cutting wood).

A shuriken is not the same thing as a kunai — although both are sharp and metallic, a shuriken is flat on both sides while a kunai has a hole in the middle to be attached to something.

Types of Throwing Stars:

Throwing stars are traditionally formed out of metal but recently have become more durable and fashionable. There are many different types of ninja stars that can be used for various purposes. They range from the classic copper and brass throwing star to the more modern stainless steel variation. It is also possible to find ceramic stars which are cut from a single piece, like a cookie cutter.

There is much speculation as to what type of star will inflict the most damage if it hits its target. Some people believe that increased curvature in a star causes greater damage than traditional straight-edged ones. Any of the above styles can be exchanged for close combat, or ranged attacks against an opponent. This is the most intimidating weapon to face off against an opponent.

Though primarily designed for slashing and piercing through hard surfaces, ninja stars with pointed edges can also break through skin to create an opening for a bloodletting wound. The points of these sharp-edged stars also serve as handles in order to twist and protrude them into the body of their target with maximum force. There are six basic types of these ninja stars, each one being suited for specific situations or tasks. They include:

Vertical Stars

The general shape of these stars is that they have a wide blade on one side and a narrower blade on the other while extending outwards like two wings from each point. The thrower will grip the narrow side of the star, using it as a handle.

Railroad Stars

This casting of these throwing stars is created with a narrow blade on both sides of the arm, creating a "U"-shape.

Diamond Stars

A variation on the railroad star, it features a wider center and narrow points. This design provides increased range and power to its thrower. Due to its obvious design, however, these stars are not as discrete in combat situations and therefore should be used only when being discreet isn't necessary.

Stealth Stars

These throwing stars are created by folding the blades of a regular ninja star into the shape of a T. The effect is that, when not in use, they are almost undetectable because of their thin and thin shape. This design makes them very easy to conceal, either on clothing or in one's body. Unfortunately, it also requires a lot more skill at throwing to use them effectively.

Shell Stars

This casting of the ninja star is very similar to the railroad star except that it is made from a much softer material that doesn't cause harm when used as intended while still providing its intended functionality.

Shells come in two varieties: polished and un-polished. The polished shell is used for decorative purposes, while the un-polished shell is used for combat. Compared to a regular throwing star, this casting features wickedly sharp edges and is extremely lightweight.

Hold Oot Stars (HOS)

This variation of throwing stars has an additional protrusion that extends from its center point. This protrusion serves as a handle and makes it easier for the thrower to grip and manipulate the star without fear of it dropping or flying out of its hand during combat.

This also reduces the force that needs to be applied when spinning it around in order to be effective; this causes them to remain lodged in their target longer than other types of throwing stars.

Dangers of Throwing Stars:

If you have a habit of carrying around a handful of sharp objects, chances are you're often not too worried about their potential to cause harm. The same can be said for throwing stars, which can be used both in harmless and potentially harmful ways.

Whether you're looking for a unique way to disturb your dinner guests or just feel like honing your ninja skills in the backyard, it's important to know what risks exist when using these tools as weapons.

The first thing to consider when considering whether or not to carry a ninja star is the weapon's size. Ninja stars are usually around two inches in diameter with a handle ranging from three to eight inches in length. These weapons run the risk of puncturing the skin of both you and your opponent—even if you're aiming correctly.

Allowing the weapon to nuzzle into your body can cause serious injury, or even death if it makes contact with arteries, bones, or body organs. Even a small puncture through the skin can cause shock, and infection and could even lead to death if left untreated. So, you should be very careful while using these weapons.

Read More: Guide to Ninja Stars — Construction, Uses and Safety

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About the Creator

Zara Sophia

A Writer/blogger by day, a knife enthusiast and survivalist by night. I've reviewed a lot of products and have helped people make the right purchase.

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