It is considered that in ancient times it was recognized only a simple and effective weapons,and complex systems did not take root. For the most part it was,since the primary purpose of weapons is to send the enemy to the light. But exotic eksemplari still existed and were often coped with the task not worse than usual.
Some unconventional murder weapons were created for specific, narrow purposes, others as an original “innovation”. Especially in the field of inventions such items distinguished India, China and Japan. We present ten of the most unusual types of exotic weapons of ancient times.
Haladi sword or dagger with two blades that fought Indian ksatriya clan of the Rajputs. The weapons were intended for both stabbing and cutting strokes. In some species haladi the handle consists of a stylized spiked knuckles.
Cho-Ko-nu is one of the most famous exotic weapons, Chinese repeating crossbow, which was inherited by modern machines. In the “store” to charge from 10 wooden bolts that were fired at a time for 15 seconds. The accuracy and range of the Cho-Ko-nu was none, but this is more than compensated by rate of fire and number of projectiles.
Urumi another exotic native to India, sword-whip, or a sword-belt. Incredibly flexible is made of metal, it gave the owner a huge advantage in battle, allowing you to circumnavigate the traditional shields and swords. However, to properly master urumi, required years of diligent training, otherwise the weapon turned against its master.
Al-PAMM — medieval prototype torpedo, developed by the Syrian scholar Hassan al-Ramaha in the XIII century. It consists of a closed metal container full of gunpowder and saltpetre and primitive guided missile at the enemy ships. It is unknown how effective such a torpedo was in action, but the principle is impressive.
Swarm — another weapon of mass destruction from the gloomy Chinese genius. Oblong box was filled with three dozen arrows with small rockets near the tip. They ignited and started at the same time — with zero precision, is important in the direction of the enemy. This is the case when the “arrows hid the sun” — not just a metaphor.
Atlatl, he’s compleltely is one of the oldest weapons in the world, working on the principle of a sling. In atlatl of flexible wood were charged a small dart and due to the lever principle, they tossed much farther than the put hand. They were used from the late Paleolithic, about 15 thousand years BC
Kakuta — Japanese spiked ring, a kind of brass knuckles for the ninja. Kakuta easily disguised as ordinary finger rings, turning spikes up before a fight. The spikes often smeared with poison.
Flying Raven — another variation of the Chinese artillery with rockets, sometimes disguised as a Raven to the enemy’s deception. It was described in the treatise “the Guide of the fire dragon”, created by the Chinese strategist Tzu Liu. Rockets-the ravens were stuffed with gunpowder so tightly that the explosion was visible and audible from great distances.
Sodagari — Japanese fighting hook, used by the samurai and guards. Non-lethal weapons, though covered with thorns. The main purpose of sodagari was to knock down the perpetrator to the ground and hold it the required time.
Greek fire was created in the Byzantine Empire in naval battles. This ancient prototype of Napalm was a terrible mixture of oil, sulfur and quicklime, although the exact recipe has been lost. Greek fire gave the Byzantines a huge advantage at sea, eagerly devouring enemy ships and continuing to burn even on the surface of the water.