Created By: Shinobi
Used For: Offensive Usage
Used In Which World(s): Every World

Kunai, along with the shuriken, are a common ninja weapon. It is a black dagger designed for thrusting and stabbing, though it can still do some damage if thrown despite not being designed for it, and is about the length of one's hand.

Many ninja attack by attaching an exploding tag to the blade. The kunai is usually thrown so that it lodges in an object near the target, and then the explosion from the attached tag destroys the target. Kunai can also be kept on spring-loaded wires up the user's sleeve, as seen in Naruto's fight with Sai when they first met. They can be used for close combat, like a normal knife. Empowered with "chakra flow", kunai thrown into targets can cut through solid wood and even solid stone targets.

The ninja appear to use them so much due to both their sturdy and dependable nature and their versatility.

Types of Kunai

Different types of kunai have been seen in the series:

  • Zabuza Momochi was shown using a special kunai that curved inward on one side, making it more suitable for stabbing and thrusting. This type is also shown used by Kirigakure in the anime.
  • Kabuto, when threatening to kill a hospitalized Sasuke in Part I, held a kunai with a curved blade to Sasuke's neck (seems to be the same type that Rōshi used).
  • Before the first part of the Chūnin Exams, Zaku used a kunai with holes in the middle and no ring at the end.
  • During the first part of the Chūnin Exams Kotetsu Hagane threw a kunai at Sukima, that had fur connected to the ring.
  • During the second part of the Chūnin Exams, Team Oboro used double-bladed kunai while facing Team 7.
  • Shiin used kunai with long, thin, red ropes attached to them.
  • In the anime, a young Naruto finds a special Takigakure kunai with an extending blade on one side.
  • Minato Namikaze used three-bladed kunai that had a special seal applied to them in order to perform his Flying Thunder God Jutsu.
  • During their battle with Hidan, Izumo and Kotetsu used kunai the size of ordinary blades to attack him.
  • The Prajñā Group used very long kunai to fight.
  • Kusuna used a double-bladed kunai that can disconnect into two kunai during his first attempt to assassinate Shion, and the kunai each have a grip around the handle.

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