Several yari, including one hafted with a simple crossbar

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Yari is the Japanese term
for spear, or more specifically, the straight-headed spear. The martial art
of wielding the yari is called sojutsu. Yari measured anywhere from one meter
to upwards of six meters (3.3 to 20 feet). The longer versions were called omi
no yari while shorter ones were known as mochi- or tae yari. The longest versions
were carried by foot troops (ashigaru), while the samurai usually carried the
shorter versions.

Yari were characterized
by a straight blade that could be anywhere from several centimeters long, to
3 feet (0.9 meters) or more. The blades were made of the same high-quality steel
that the swords and arrow-heads of samurai weapons were forged with, and yari
blades were very durable. Over history many variations of the straight yari
blade were produced, often with protrusion on a central blade. Yari blades (points)
had extremely long tangs which were usually longer than the sharpened portion
of the blade. The tang protruded into a hollow portion of the handle. This resulted
in a very stiff shaft and made it nearly impossible for the blade to fall or
break off.

The shaft came in many
different lengths, widths and shapes; made of hardwood (nakae) and covered in
lacquered bamboo strips, these came in oval, round, or polygonal cross section.
These in turn were often wrapped in metal rings or wire, and affixed with a
metal pommel (ishizuki) on the butt end. The yari could be considered a much
higher quality weapon than the average spear due to these unique attributes.
Yari handles were often decorated with inlays of metal or semiprecious materials
such as brass pins, lacquer, or flakes of pearl.

Various types of Yari points
or blades existed. The most common blade was a straight, flat, design that resembles
a straight-bladed double edged Dagger. This type
of blade could cut as well as stab and was sharpened like a razor edge. Though
yari is a catchall for spear it is usually distinguished between kama yari which
have additional horizontal blades and simple su yari(choku-so). Also yari can
be distinguished by the types of blade cross section: the triangular sections
were called sankaku-yari and the diamond sections were called ryo-shinogi-yari.

Yari (DnD Equipment)

From D&D

Created By Pirate-Sorcerer

Date Created: 5/9/07


Martial Two-Handed Melee Critical: ×3
Range Increment: —
Type: Piercing
Hardness: 5

Small11 gp1d85 lbs5
Medium11 gp1d1010 lbs10

Yaris are a long, straight-headed
spear from the Orient, often favored by footsoldiers and samurai. A yari has
reach. You can strike opponents 10 feet away with it, but you can’t use
it against an adjacent foe. If you use a ready action to set up a yari for a
charge, you deal double damage on a successful hit against a charging character.
Weapon stats are for the Su Yari

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