Once, there was no such thing as a bad weapon. Weapons were simple—clubs, spears, axes, bows and arrows, chariots, lances, pikes—and all were eventually superseded by whatever came along that was incrementally better. Some were weird enough by their look or design. Following are 10 most weird weapons from the history.
A fine example of Chinese martial arts is dagger axe which could blow the legs of multiple enemies in a single stroke. The dagger-axe commonly known as ‘ge’ was a military weapon that was used in the Longshan culture (3000-2000 BC). It was developed during the Neothilic from the stone implement. It consisted of a long shaft made of wood which had a knife attached to it made of knife at a right angle to the end. To hook or slash, the weapon could be swung down or inward at the enemy. By the time 202 BC- 220 AD, which was the time of Han Dynasty, their use was limited. The development of iron spears and iron halberds phased out the bronze daggers. These daggers were long and had three pointed iron endings and was considered weird at that time too.
The tessen were specifically Japanese war fans not because they were used for fanning but because they looked like traditional Japanese fans. The tessens were used by ninjas and samurai as indicated by history. They looked like ordinary fans promising to be harmless but they were surprise weapons made of razor-sharp steel. Basic purpose of tessen was to attack the enemy from a distance by just throwing the fan like weapon if user had enough knowledge of its trajectory. Tessen was also used for defense, for deflecting arrows and poisonous darts. It was also used for swimming aid in case of accidental jumps into water.
Chakram called so most probably because of its round shape. Invented in ancient India, it got its name chakram from word ‘Chakkar’ of Punjabi language meaning ‘circle’. Made of steel, iron, or brass chakram had razor sharp outer edges. In size, they range from 4.5 to 12 inches. Their primarily use as a ‘throwing weapon’ to attack enemy from a distance. A smaller version of chakram was also common which was worn on wrist and was called chakri. Another mode of its use was as a round knife attached to a bamboo. In these bamboos chakri was used as knife.
The bat balloon, one of the weirdest weapons of World War 2 got this name because of the use of bat and balloon in its operation. Invented by Pennsylvania dentist named Lytle S. Adams after observing that Japanese buildings were made of paper, bamboo, and other highly flammable material. it just looked like the ordinary bomb. A parachute was attached to it to reach at the target. Consisted of more than thousand compartment, every compartment had a hibernating Bat. Bombs were released in mid-air so that different compartment could spread. On reaching the ground, bat would hide in the building. With each bat was a time bomb which could cause a disaster.
Tekko-kagi Claws was weapon of Ninjas that was meant not for killing but for fighting. Having the shape of bear claws, Tekko-kagi had four iron nails attached to a metal ring. Two types of this weapon were common. One with edges on the back of the hand, the other on the palm. Made of iron, its sharpness was as fierce as that of any wild animal like bear or tiger.
Defined by John O’Bryan, the Caltrop was ‘simple, damaging and downright mean and unsexy weapon’. It had been used by Persians, Greeks, Indians and Romans. It was not a weapon to be fired from ballista. It was just a spike and hundreds of caltrops were strewn over battlefields by the romans. If a horse jumps on to it, it would a cause a fatal damage to horse and its rider. The basic purpose of caltrops was to restrict the enemy, to keep them from advancing by attacking horses, elephants, camels by these deadly spikes.
Invented in Ancient China in 700 BC, crossbow was most weapon until 200 BC. It consisted of a horizontally mounted bow, with a stock and trigger mechanism added. The crossbow is derived from the horizontally mounted bow-trap used by other civilizations around the same time. It was made complex, so that if enemy gets ahold of any crossbow he could not understand its mechanism. In ancient china a law was also passed to prevent people taking crossbow out of china to prevent any possibility of enemy getting hold of it.
One of the most deadly weapon from the history is mace. The weapon was widely used in medieval times. With shaft of wood or metal, it was an armor fighting weapon which was close contact weapon. The head was of stone, bronze or iron with flanged or knobbed. It was something that could be constructed reasonably easy without too much weapon building skill. Not very expensive, its one blow could apply tremendous force. It generated more force than a sword. It was considered to be very effective against opponents wearing plate armor as it could reduce the effectiveness of the shield. Primarily it was used for bludgeoning the enemy.
A type of sword with long blade, it was developed in the 17th -18th century. It had a piraty look because of notched false edge. It was a large, single edge smasher. It had a blade which was quite wider near the tip. In sizes, the blade ranged from 15 inches to 30 inches. The Klewang was designed for use in the tropical colonies. Two types of Kelewang were common; straight or slightly curved. It is still used by Netherlands army as ceremonial weapon.
It was generally called cosh or club. It had a solid handle and bendable mid-section. With a leather outer skin braided around a spring in the middle formed load in the end. The spring caused the whipping action as wrist was flicked. It was very effective to inflict maximum pain with very little or no help. Because of this, it was very common with police and other law enforcement agencies. The extent of its power to inflict wound can be imagined by its potential to cause permanent brain injury or death.