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Updated: 28 Feb 2024


Antique Edo period Jitte


DELIVERY TIME: Approx. 5-14 days
*We ship from Tokyo, Japan. There might be delay in shipment depending on countries.

Age: estimated the Edo period
Material: Iron


Length Width Weight
32.0 cm 1.3 cm 349 g

More photos& videos available on request. Please feel free to contact us. 


SKU: Jitte-08 Categories: ,

What is Jitte?
 The Jitte (十手, ten hands) is the specialized weapon used by the police officers during the Edo Period (1603-1868). During the Edo period, Samurai warriors played the role of police officers. This weapon is called a Jitte because it is so powerful that its user feels it is worth ten hands for one Jitte. Its structure is an elongated iron bar with a hook attached to its handle. During criminal investigations, they also used this tool to prove their identity as police officers. It seems that it was not only used as a weapon and armor but also had a role similar to what we would call a police officer’s ID today. It is said that the shape of Jitte differed depending on the class, and the color of tassel strings could determine the jurisdiction.

 This Jitte has a relatively simple look. Cloth is wrapped around the handle, and it could be said that this has a function of practicality that makes its handle part softer to the touch and has another role that adds decorativeness to this Jitte. Due to its practical design and appearance, we assume that ordinary-class Samurai probably used it in the field of law enforcement at the time.

 The iron bar part has a good texture of iron that has passed through the ages. We hope you will enjoy it as an item with a long history, including rust parts. A Kikuka Gata (菊花形, chrysanthemum shape) Tsuba is attached to this Jitte’s handle. This metal fitting is called the Seme-no Tsuba (せめのつば) or Seme Wappa (せめわっぱ). It prevents its user’s hand from slipping when gripping the handle. 

  *As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition.

【About us】
Ninja Weapon Museum is located in Kanazawa, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the history of Ninja and Samurai.

【Payment method】
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【Shipping duration】
 We normally ship via EMS (Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. It usually takes at least 5-14 days to deliver the package after you place an order. We offer Free International Shipping as long as we can ship your order by EMS. If you prefer other shipping carriers, please contact us.  

 We will inform you of the order’s tracking number via email. Please make sure you fill out your valid email address correctly. 

*Please keep in mind that due to the spread of COVID-19, there might be possible delays in delivery. If you like to make sure if EMS shipping is available to your country, please contact us.

【How to make sure the condition】
 Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision. 

 It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of Jitte and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.

【How To Contact Us】
 Please contact us through email, Facebook Messenger if you have any questions. You can find each icon on the right side of the website. Please click one of them to reach us. We will reply to you within 1-2 business days.


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