8 Tools Remember, if you use a ninja tool, be sure to use it when the wind is whistling so as to hide any sound and always retrieve it.

No matter how many tools you carry as a shinobi, remember, above all things, that you should always have your food on your waist.

—Yoshimori Hyakushu #21

While Hollywood depictions typically show ninjas brandishing throwing stars or a katana, real shinobi developed a vast and eclectic array of tools and weapons, and they were instructed to take great care choosing the right tool for the job.1 All three shinobi scrolls dedicate substantial space to describing secret tools, many of which were innovative technology for their time. Bansenshūkai alone includes five sizeable volumes about tools. It states, among ...

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