Throwing Stars

The mystic ninja of feudal Japan. The image conjures up thoughts of a spec ops soldier of modern times. With their nearly invisible approach and lethal skills, these stealthy warriors instilled fear in their enemies. Their arsenal of weapons was vast but the hallmark of the ninja's existence was the shuriken or throwing star. These metal multi-bladed weapons were thrown at the enemy to inflict injury and cause confusion and chaos.

Throwing stars have multiple points with sharpened tips to allow them to stick into a target regardless of how it hits. Usually having between 4 and 6 points, there is always a blade that is facing forward when it impacts. There is even an eight-point star that increase your chances of a "stick".

Ninja stars are fairly commonplace in today's society, but these unique items date back to traditional Japanese culture. They were derived from the word Shuriken that literally meant a sword hidden in the hand.

They were often made from everyday items and were thought of as being supplemental to real weapons. Good for close combat situations, the star shape lent itself well to both a slashing motion as well as being lethal from far distances.

Shuriken Ninja StarToday, the ninja star has taken on a variety of uses both sporting and decorative. Developing the skill to throw these shapes accurately takes a great deal of practice, and many people spend years perfecting their technique.

Their disc-like shape allows them to be thrown in a straight or curved direction, giving the bearer greater control over the speed and direction of the ninja star.

If interested in taking this on, it's a good idea to train with ninja stars and practice hitting targets. Greater accuracy comes with practice and this is a favorite hobby for many people.

Along with using them practically, ninja stars also make great collector's items. They come in a variety of shapes, styles, and metals as well. The traditional throwing star shape was a four-pointed disk, but you can choose stars with 6 or 8 points as well.

The shape of the star has a huge impact on its speed and distance, and users will often enjoy seeing how much their throws can vary depending on the different stars that they use.

These stars are not only for weapons and hobbies but also have an intricate beauty. They come in a variety of designs and some actually have a series of swirls in the middle of the star that makes it decorative.

Some people choose to never actually use their ninja stars, but will instead keep them for decoration, preferring to keep them pristine in a separate case. For anyone who enjoys seeing and collecting weapons, especially ones that date back to ancient cultures, these ninja stars make great collector’s items as well.

If interested in ninja stars, try getting a target board as well. With practice, you can branch out into hitting other targets, but the board will allow you to get a better feel for how the stars work and give you a large area to aim.

Ninja stars make great gift ideas for either you or for a friend. They are a unique type of weapon that dates back to ancient Japan and have grown into a specific art form that is still used today by Japanese masters. You can share the experience with your own set of ninja stars to practice with and learn.

Getting good at hitting where you want them to and making them stick is a fun activity to do whether by yourself or with friends. After a bit of practice, you'll be hitting and making them stick on every throw. You can create your own mark to toss them at or you can order yourself a ninja target board and be ready to go.