Material: Metal body, wooden handle
Primary Use: Restrain dangerous individuals, whilst practicing self defence
Effectiveness: Very effective to restrain without killing
First Used: 1500 years ago
Still in Use?: Walking sticks all over the world, Thai and Japanese Police still use it & call it 'Sasumata'. As a Man catcher they were effective as castle defence.
Early saints were seen with Danda's in order to protect themselves, without having to kill an aggressor. The use of this weapon was perfected and later taken to the far east by Bodhi Dharma, a Hindu Prince known to be the father of Kung Fu. He called the weapon Sasumata, which translates to 'taken alive' in Sanskrit
Later making it's way to Europe and with the addition of some cruel spikes inside, the torturepeans of Europe renamed it the 'Mancatcher'. The Europeans used it to catch slaves and a bit of good old fashioned kidnap, it was ideal for when under siege in your castle. 200 of these spiked versions, Mancatchers were found in a castle in Austria that's over a thousand years old, records show that no one has ever breached the 4th gate of the 14 gated castle. The Russians even used to use it as a an initiation into manhood, sending men to catch a bear singlehanded, with nothing but a Mancatcher, or a Bearcatcher in this case.
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