So I bought some Sais. I didn’t particularly have anything specific in mind other than I’ve always wanted a pair just to have. So for this purchase I wasn’t really looking for anything high priced that would break the bank or anything like that. Just some nice looking Sais.
For those that don’t know… A Sai is a traditional weapon used in Okinawan Martial Arts. Unlike the ones you sometimes see in the movies, a Sai is not a blade and it doesn’t have a sharp point the majority of the time. Most often, it is octagonal with a rounded tip. The Sai is believed to have started off as a farming tool. However, it makes a pretty dynamic weapon and those trained on them can not only show off some impressive movies, but they could do some serious damage with them too.
The Sais that I got are 21′ inches in length and chrome plated. They feel pretty good in the hand and about the only move I know is how to swing them inward so the tips face back and the handle faces forward. And then of course flipping them out again. Hey… I’m no Raphael!!!
In the media you would usually see Raphael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Elektra from Marvel comics (Daredevil) using them. Although, once again, in the media they are usually made into an edged blade with a sharp tip. I guess it just makes it more dramatic.
You can usually find a pair for anywhere from $25 to several hundred dollars. I guess it just depends on how much you like this weapon and if you just want it for display or if you are an actual practitioner. I’m exactly sure what the point of balance should actually be but I do know that it is measured by your forearm and that it does come in several different lengths.