What is Kumade of Samurai Armor?
"Kumade" is a long-handled weapon that has been in use since the late Heian period. The curved claws at the end of the long handle resemble a bear's paw, hence the name. It was used as a weapon in siege warfare and naval battles to pull enemy ships closer or to hook and pull down enemies.
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