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Fury Martial Arts FP03381 Tekagi-Shuko "Hand Tiger" Climbing Claws, Midnight Black
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- Traditional Ninja Climbing Tool designed to be worn on Hands for Climbing and Scaling
- Heavy Duty Steel Construction with Midnight Black Finish
- Designed with an Adjustable Wrist Strap that will Fit Almost Everyone
- Manufactured by Fury in Taiwan check for the Made in Taiwan label for a genuine product
- Quality Construction Made in Taiwan Do Not be Fooled by the Copies
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Although many variations of this particular Ninja item existed, the Fury Tekagi-shuko or Hand Tiger has been recreated based on an original design consisting of a metal band conjoined by a strap fitting around the palm and another around the wrist. The upper band features four spike/claws-that protrude from the strap. The Tekagi-shuko is useful for both offensive and utilitarian purposes, as well as in defensive techniques (disarming and such). The use of this weapon is still taught by traditional martial arts schools. As always be careful and check for the Fury UPC and the Made in Taiwan certification on your package before use in order to insure that you are using a genuine product.
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Obviously you need the strength to lift yourself or other objects, but these will give you an iron grip on just about anything you latch on to. They were originally made in a time where the main use was gripping wood, but obviously rocks existed in feudal Japan too. These will help you climbing the same things today, whether it's wood, concrete if you do parkour, or rock if you do rock climbing. This could also be helpful to anyone who moves a lot, and finds they have plenty of strength to lift an object but always tend to loose grip. I was surprised by the overall quality of the claws, or "shuko" if you wanna be proper about it. The metal band and claws are made of a rock solid steel, I don't see them even wearing down for many years of use. The straps and fittings that keep these on your hands are nylon, but even that's decent, and layered in the places that are most likely to wear. Even if the fittings do end up wearing on you, it's a pretty easy design to replicate. Anyone with basic sewing skill can pull it off. Though if the day ever does come when you have to replace them, I'd highly recommend a thin but tough leather. Not only is that what they wear traditionally made of, but it'll probably serve you a lot better in a lot of ways. Not that I can call it a fault of the product, as the cheap nylon is the only reason the claws themselves can be such amazing quality with such a low price tag.
Now for the history lesson. The ninja, or "shinobi" for those of you who don't know, weren't just the masters of shadow you always hear about in movies and games. In fact, dressing in black and hiding in darkness was a mere fraction of what they did. More often than not, the ninja would would hide in plain sight, acting as a farmer, a whore, or just someone in the crowd. And many of the things they invented, had many purposes. The shuko are a great example of all these things. They were a climbing tool, as well as a weapon (which is why you see reviews saying how sharp they are). And unlike a sword or even a knife, they could be VERY easily hidden under their disguises. And like any weapon should be, they were just as useful for defense as they were offense. They could tear someone's throat out with a pair of these, and they could grab an attacker's sword. This is one of the many tricks that made them seem super powered to many people back then.
Even though maybe they should be, these aren't legally considered weapons today. But I'm not complaining, as I often take the city bus, and "weapons" aren't allowed on them. I feel much safer with a pair of these on walking around the city. Obviously these aren't gonna stop a bullet, but as I explained they have their advantages. That and I personally do parkour, but have gotten a bit out of shape lately. These are helping me get my strength back. But don't think you can slap these on and suddenly you're going to do famously in a self defense situation, I have training with them, and you should get some before trying to use these in self defense. They require a whole new style of close quarters combat to properly use. Looking back now, it's clear Ninjutsu was designed with the use of these in mind. It's very much a grappling based style, and even it's stance has you holding your hands out in front of you like you would with any weapon, as your weapon is your main defense. Anyone with a good few years of martial arts experience should be able to figure out how to use these with relative ease, but someone fresh out of water is going to have a lot more trouble using these with no prior training. Using these as a self defense weapon doesn't mean injuring or even killing them mind you. Don't forget you can grab an incoming melee attack with these, and you have a steel band going around your hand. A back hand or under hand strike will hurt someone.
These are a multi-use item for a great price. If you're interested in them they're absolutely worth getting. The design if based off that of the most famous and widely used historical one (there are multiple variations of the shinobi shuko), and for people like the ninja that's saying a lot. On top of that, this reproduction is high quality where it counts. It's well worth the money, and a great tool whatever your particular use may be. Gloves are a good idea, but you can get used to them too. I'm very happy with the purchase.
As a final note: The guy in the picture must have enormous hands. They're supposed to go over your palm, not as high as he has them. My hands are big and they're a perfect fit.
THESE DO WORK! I have climbed trees with shuko claws and it really does work, but you need to wear gloves (kevlar-lined or leather are the best options) because the handles dig into the backs of your hands. You can climb really well if you pair these with the ashiko foot spikes.