The twin hooks are a hooked sword pair used by the Shaolin monks of China. The twin hooks were wielded with incredible speed and accuracy, made even deadlier by the intense training of the monks. Every inch of these weapons were deadly: the hooks to pull away shields and slice enemies, the backs of the blades to slice as a normal sword, the crescent blades on the hilt to punch and slice, and even the spike on the bottom of the hilt for stabbing.
some might ask why Shaolin monks, who are peaceful by nature, create weapons? self-defense is the answer. The monks were constantly harassed by bandits seeking to steal what little riches the monks possessed. In order to prevent this, the monks put as much time into creating weapons and training with them as they did their study of Buddhism. This dedication to creating perfect weapons to match their legendary physical ability and agility, lead to the creation of many incredibly efficient tools of death, foremost the twin hooks.
The twin hooks were wielded with incredible technique, speed, and accuracy. The hook on the front of the blade was used to wrench weapons and shields from enemy hands and also to slice through limbs. The both sides of the blade were edged, the backside being used as a normal sword. The crescent-shaped blades on the hilt served as a guard for blocking incoming blows and also to punch or slice an attacker. The blades could be flipped around yielding the dagger like blades on the bottom of the hilt to stab an enemy with. One of the most fearsome techniques was to hook the to blades together by the hooks and swing one with the other, thereby doubling their range. The would be swung over head to create a 360 degree ring of death, preventing an attacker from getting close enough to strike. These steel twin hooks protected the Shaolin monks and dealt death to hundreds of would-be bandits.
This video is a must-see demonstration of the twin hooks on the greatest TV show ever: Deadliest Warrior
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