Shinobi Shuko: the Ninja’s Claws

Ninjas are famous for climbing walls with the ease and grace of a spider. According to legend, ninjas could scale even impossibly high, completely polished surfaces with ease. Some myths even claimed they could fly.   In reality, ninjas were highly trained assassins and spies–not supernatural beings with magical skills. They couldn’t fly, but they did possess the ability to scale walls that would stop most people, partly due to a set of metal claws called shuko (or shinobi shuko–since shinobi is the more traditional Japanese word for “ninja”). Traditionally, shuko were made of metal. They consisted of metal bands

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