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Kansashi or Kanzashi - The Deadly Hairpin of the Samurai
Another of the multi-purpose weapons used in feudal Japan was the
kansashi. Again, like many other Japanese weapons, the kansashi (kanzashi) or long hairpin
could be used as an everyday tool and, in times of danger, as a deadly weapon!
Other women in other societies have also used the hairpin as a protective device. The hairpin allows its wearer to be armed during occassions when more recognized weapons would not be permitted. And given an element of surprise and a moment to act, the kansashi could be effective. Sometimes elaborately ornamental, hairpins such as the kansashi might have simple beads or jewels attached to the top end, or enamaled tops, but, rest assured, they were always kept sharp enough to pierce clothing and skin.
In Japan today, the kansashi or more usually spelled kanzashi refers to any traditional hair ornament that would adorn a woman's hair while wearing a Kimono.
While more typically used by women, a samurai with long hair might also employ the kansashi to hold his hair in place, at times. A warrior who is prepared provides another possibility of survival...
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