This is a short weighted Cudgel with 2 ounces of lead in the head.
A beautiful historical-looking curiosity she’ll make a fine ornament for the office or den (one of our lads lived in a part of New Zealand where Maori people, especially ex military would routinely have ornamental traditional weapons in their offices, and it always struck us as something every warrior culture should retain).
A fully functional collector’s piece she’d also make a fine gavel (if you had a very robust bench) or an excellent priest for the outdoorsman (although will be slightly overkill unless you’re performing the last rites on full-grown alligators).
How it looks
Very young, smooth bark. When we get bark like this we can sand just the top half milimetre off and bring out a richer tawny brown colour which has come out to good effect here.
We’ve buffed out two imperfections on the underside that make two nice round blazes and show off the layers of the outer bark.
Showed with brass ferrule.
How it carries
At 16 inches she’ll fit in a fisherman’s creel well enough. The large head/slim handle approach was originally intended that a small cudgel like this could be tucked into a ruffian’s breeks and worn at the hip like a pistol.
That will work, but might get you a little attention from the constabulary these days.
Humour aside the heavy, broad head will be a fine tool for ethically dispatching fish or small game. A little wrist action will provide ample force to meet the requirements of humane sportsmanship.
How it fights
The heavy head will function fine as you might imagine it would, and the long grip at 2 in thick still has ample leverage for those countergrab/weapon-retention techniques Mr Hatsumi has so kindly brought to the public’s consciousness.
Dimensions 16 in x 1.5 in
Curvature – Straight
Scars – two blazes onthe underside ⅔ down the shaft.