The Japanese throwing star is something we most often associate with martial arts movies and samurai lore. Also known as shuriken, throwing stars have been associated with martial arts for centuries. But they are also effective as non-lethal self-defense weapons,
More about Throwing Stars
Throwing stars are a Japanese invention despite the fact that so many people assume them to be Chinese. The weapons date back to the samurai of the seventh century A.D. Interestingly enough, the weapons were not always fashioned as stars. They could be made in any shape the user was comfortable throwing. The weapon only had to be small enough to hold comfortably in the hand and aerodynamic enough to find its target.
The samurai never intended their throwing stars to be lethal. Rather, they were intended to both distract and intimidate. History dictates that one of the most popular techniques of throwing one of these weapons was designed to cause a glancing blow that convinced the samurai's opponent he had been struck by a spirit warrior. This would frighten and distract the opponent long enough for the samurai to move in for the kill.
Key to the effectiveness of the throwing star is the sharpness of its blade. Throwing stars are intended to be aimed at exposed parts of the body like the face and neck. A sharp blade can inflict quite a severe laceration even without embedding itself in the flesh of an attacker. As such, the user doesn't have to be perfect with his or her throw. Close enough is often good enough to wound an attacker and send him fleeing.
Throwing Stars in Different Shapes
One of our philosophies here at The STUN GUNS N' MORE Superstore is that variety works to the benefit of the customer. That's why we sell throwing stars in multiple shapes and sizes. Also note that all our throwing stars are made from professionally edged steel for maximum durability and raw effectiveness.
The shape of a throwing star is less important than the fact that you know how to use them. So we encourage buyers to practice after their purchase. Like using most other weapons, practicing with throwing stars increases accuracy and effectiveness.
Just like our samurai predecessors of centuries ago, our industry considers throwing stars non-lethal self-defense weapons. Yes, being struck by one absolutely does hurt. Yes, a throwing star can inflict a pretty significant laceration requiring stitches. But it's highly unlikely that an attacker would be fatally injured by a throwing star.
That means the throwing star is a good self-defense weapon of choice among people who do not like the idea of firearms and knives. More importantly, throwing stars can be deployed at a distance. It is not necessary to wait for an attacker to be within arm's length before you defend yourself.
The person wielding a throwing star can retrieve it from its carrying case, take aim, and throw – all in one smooth motion that takes very little time to execute. But again, practice is essential. The secret to successfully deploying the throwing star is to practice enough to make using it second nature.
Also note that throwing stars can be used in conjunction with other non-lethal self-defense weapons. A person under attack could deploy the throwing star first, then reach for a canister of pepper spray just in case the attacker is not deterred. Throwing stars can be used in conjunction with kubotans, telescopic steel batons, tactical pens, stun guns, and so forth.
Self-Defense at a Great Price
No matter how you choose to use throwing stars, these great weapons will not be all that attractive if you cannot afford them. But that's not a worry. Unlike firearms, throwing stars are very affordable. For less than a decent fast casual meal, you can buy a set of four throwing stars along with an attractive carrying case!