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Jitte
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Weapon type
Type of Weapon

Sword

Type of Weapon in Kanji

十手

Type of Weapon in Rōmaji

Jitte

Weapon name
Wielder(s)
Wielder(s)

Kojima, Raphael

Appearance(s)
Appearances(s)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series), TMNT 2012 TV Series

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A jitte, (lit. "ten hands"), is a specialized weapon that was used by police in Edo period Japan. In English-language sources, it is sometimes incorrectly spelled jutte.

In Edo period Japan, the jitte was a substitute for a badge and represented someone on official business and was carried by all levels of police officers, including high-ranking samurai police officials and low-rank samurai law enforcement officers, (called okappiki or doshin). Other high-ranking samurai officials carried a jitte as a badge of office, including hotel, rice and grain inspectors (aratame). The jitte is the subject of the Japanese martial art of Jittejutsu.

Appearances in TMNT

Trivia

  • Jitte are oddly referred to as "Half Sai" on packaging of Playmates Toys action figures which include them as accessories.
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