- Oct 29, 2001
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- Kennewick, WA
Flying Crane said:There is a small hardware store in Japantown area in San Francisco, where you can get real Kamas. They are sold as a gardening tool, and they have live, sharp steel blades.
Most of the ones you get from the martial arts suppliers are blunted fakes.
Might be interesting to pick one up and try it out. I've never played with them, but I could see how they could be effective if you hook the blade around the neck, or a limb, and then pull and cut. Seems like it would require a pretty specific technique tho, not just slashing it around.
I own a pair of agricultural kamas, they are very simply made, sharp, and definately not designed for combat utility. Given a choice between facing someone unarmed or armed with a kama, I'll take the kama, but thats about it. I think it would be most useful with a trapping motion into a push-pull/gunting retrieval of the weapon, definately not what you see with alot of the modern forms which have a buch of twirling and slashing.