Japanese jitte police baton

length: 18"
'blade': 12"
grip: 6"
hook: 2"
weight: 13 oz

Here's a modern reproduction of an interesting and unusual weapon - the jitte, a baton with side hook traditionally used by feudal-era Japanese policemen as a sword-catcher disarming weapon. In a class-conscious stratified society, you definetly have a problem when your cops are ranked much lower on the social scale than some of the drunken rowdies they need to deal with - such was the case in Japan in the late feudal period. The jitte was the main response to "how do you keep 'superior' sword wielding members of society from harming your poor low-caste policeman and other folks"? A very cool thing to add to your weapons collection.