The tessen or iron fan were used by the Samurai in situations where swords or other weapons were not allowed, fending off knives, darts, and knife attack. Some were made of a solid piece of iron and didn’t fold out. Similarly, the discreet Shinobi Defense Force wooden tessen looks like a massage or body-work tool. It can be carried anywhere for use in striking, takedown or pressure point application. This modern interpretation has significance against assailants and hostile animals. Note the optional adjustable lanyard: it serves as both a wrist loop also a whip . All of which functioning as a less lethal and controlled alternative to firearms and bladed weapons. The Shinobu Defense Force tessen is made out of 9 layers wood for additional strength. — available for $18.00 plus shipping. A Tessen-jutsu training program and discussion will starting soon. Pre-register now!