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The basis of the weapon is a bladed ring, approximatrely 12” (30cm) in diameter and 1” (3cm) thick. There is a handle area, wrapped in cloth or leather, with a inset guard with a crescent cross piece. Off the bladed ring are short sharp blades (4” - 10cm), like the wiggly rays of the sun of a child’s drawing.
The weapon was created to incorporate the elements of wind and fire into a fighting weapon. The blades allows for a variety of “swooshing” swinging motions, as well as punching/ shabbing motions (enhanced by a martial art- fire). They are supposedly throwable, but that requires a very special skill to do. The weapon was designed to enhance certain Chinese martial arts manuvers, allowing for weapons blocks and more enhanced damage. There are a few stories about their origins, but the most substantiated ones come from T’ai Chi Ch’uan.
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