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Jitte (also called jutte) was one of the more famous weapons carried by the samurai police. It was basically an iron truncheon. A wielder of this weapon was able to parry attacks of razor sharp Samurai swords and also disarm the assailant. Jitte featured a single hook called kagi on a side of the Jitte, near the handle. This hook allowed trapping or even breaking the blades of katana swords. Jitte could also be used for striking and jabbing. Jitte was also used by palace guards in feudal Japan as it was forbidden to bring swords into the palace. In present times, the jutte is included in the Japanese martial arts, namely juttejutsu.

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