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'''[[Wikipedia:Kunai|Kunai]]''', along with the [[shuriken]], is one of the most common ninja [[tools]] in the ''Naruto'' series. 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.
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The {{translation|'''[[Wikipedia:Kunai|Kunai]]'''|クナイ|Kunai}}, along with the [[shuriken]], is one of the most common ninja [[tools]]. 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 [[shinobi]] attack by attaching an [[explosive 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. This use of the weapon is known as an {{translation|'''explosive kunai'''|起爆クナイ|kibaku kunai}}.
 
Many [[shinobi]] attack by attaching an [[explosive 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. This use of the weapon is known as an {{translation|'''explosive kunai'''|起爆クナイ|kibaku kunai}}.
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* During the first part of the Chūnin Exams [[Kotetsu Hagane]] threw a kunai at [[Sukima]], that had a tassel connected to the ring.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 41, page 17</ref>
 
* During the first part of the Chūnin Exams [[Kotetsu Hagane]] threw a kunai at [[Sukima]], that had a tassel connected to the ring.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 41, page 17</ref>
 
* During the second part of the Chūnin Exams, [[Team Oboro]] used double-bladed kunai while facing [[Team 7]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 62, pages 4-6</ref>
 
* During the second part of the Chūnin Exams, [[Team Oboro]] used double-bladed kunai while facing [[Team 7]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 62, pages 4-6</ref>
* [[Shiin]] used kunai with long, thin, red ropes attached to them.<ref name="ep214">''Naruto'' episode 214</ref>
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* In the anime, a member of the [[Kurama clan]] used a kunai with a shape similar to a combat knife.<ref name="ep204">''Naruto'' episode 204</ref>
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* [[Shiin]] used kunai with long, thin, red ropes attached to them, similar to a [[Jōhyō]].<ref name="ep214">''Naruto'' episode 214</ref>
 
[[File:Flying Thunder God Technique.JPG|thumb|right|Minato's marked kunai.]]
 
[[File:Flying Thunder God Technique.JPG|thumb|right|Minato's marked kunai.]]
 
* [[Minato Namikaze]] used [[Flying Thunder God Kunai|three-bladed kunai]] that had a special seal applied to them in order to perform his [[Flying Thunder God Technique]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 239, page 8</ref>
 
* [[Minato Namikaze]] used [[Flying Thunder God Kunai|three-bladed kunai]] that had a special seal applied to them in order to perform his [[Flying Thunder God Technique]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 239, page 8</ref>
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* During their battle with [[Hidan]], [[Izumo Kamizuki]] and Kotetsu used kunai the size of ordinary [[Kunai Blades|blades]] to attack him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 322, page 16</ref> When next observed, the pair were connected by a length of chain, with a weight attached to its centre.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 530, page 8</ref>
 
* During their battle with [[Hidan]], [[Izumo Kamizuki]] and Kotetsu used kunai the size of ordinary [[Kunai Blades|blades]] to attack him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 322, page 16</ref> When next observed, the pair were connected by a length of chain, with a weight attached to its centre.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 530, page 8</ref>
 
* In the manga, the [[Prajñā Group]] used very long kunai to assault [[Danzō Shimura]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 456, pages 3, 6</ref> However, in the anime, these were replaced instead by the standard variant of kunai and later, [[Sword|katana]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 199</ref>
 
* In the manga, the [[Prajñā Group]] used very long kunai to assault [[Danzō Shimura]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 456, pages 3, 6</ref> However, in the anime, these were replaced instead by the standard variant of kunai and later, [[Sword|katana]].<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 199</ref>
* An unnamed [[Iwa]] shinobi of the [[First Division]] used a kunai with a [[manriki-gusari]] attached to its hilt, in a similar manner to a [[kusarigama]] during their initial engagement with the [[Akatsuki]] forces in the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 526, page 7</ref>
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* An unnamed [[Iwa]] shinobi of the [[First Division]] used a kunai with a [[Wikipedia:Kusari-fundo|manriki-gusari]] attached to its hilt, in a similar manner to a [[kusarigama]] during their initial engagement with the [[Akatsuki]] forces in the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 526, page 7</ref>
 
* An unnamed [[Kiri]] shinobi of the [[Fourth Division]] used a kunai with a noticeably [[Wikipedia:Serrated blade|serrated]] edge along at least one of its sides, during their first direct engagement with the [[Second Mizukage]] and [[Third Raikage]] in the Fourth Shinobi World War.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 548, page 6</ref>
 
* An unnamed [[Kiri]] shinobi of the [[Fourth Division]] used a kunai with a noticeably [[Wikipedia:Serrated blade|serrated]] edge along at least one of its sides, during their first direct engagement with the [[Second Mizukage]] and [[Third Raikage]] in the Fourth Shinobi World War.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 548, page 6</ref>
 
* [[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.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden the Movie''</ref>
 
* [[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.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden the Movie''</ref>
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* [[Chiyo]] used a simple length of cord to thread numerous kunai together, in such a manner that the entirety could be released and thrown consecutively with just a single motion.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 264, page 16</ref> A similar arrangement was employed by a shinobi of the [[Third Division]], during their attack on the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]], in the Fourth Shinobi World War.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 523, page 3</ref>
 
* [[Chiyo]] used a simple length of cord to thread numerous kunai together, in such a manner that the entirety could be released and thrown consecutively with just a single motion.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 264, page 16</ref> A similar arrangement was employed by a shinobi of the [[Third Division]], during their attack on the [[Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist]], in the Fourth Shinobi World War.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 523, page 3</ref>
 
* [[Dotō Kazahana]]'s army of Yukigakure ninja used mortars mounted on their train compartments to launch a massive amounts of kunai at a very rapid rate.<ref>''Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow''</ref>
 
* [[Dotō Kazahana]]'s army of Yukigakure ninja used mortars mounted on their train compartments to launch a massive amounts of kunai at a very rapid rate.<ref>''Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow''</ref>
* The ninja of the [[Land of the Sky]] equipped themselves with hand-held launchers that can fire kunai rapidly, similar to machine guns.<ref>''Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds''</ref>
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[[File:Using kunai launcher.png|thumb|Kunai gun from ''Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds''.]]
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* The ninja of the [[Land of the Sky]] equipped themselves with [[Handheld Kunai Launcher]]s that can fire kunai rapidly, similar to machine guns.<ref>''Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds''</ref>
 
* When [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]] declared war against the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]] and [[Konohagakure]] was blamed for it, [[Tsunade]] had prepared a large amount of mortars with giant kunai loaded into it, akin to missile launchers, in an attempt to defend her village from [[Sunagakure]]'s attack.<ref>''Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire''</ref>
 
* When [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]] declared war against the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]] and [[Konohagakure]] was blamed for it, [[Tsunade]] had prepared a large amount of mortars with giant kunai loaded into it, akin to missile launchers, in an attempt to defend her village from [[Sunagakure]]'s attack.<ref>''Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire''</ref>
   

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Kunai

Kunai
Name
Kanji クナイ
Rōmaji Kunai
Debut
Manga Chapter #1
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Movie Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Game Naruto: Clash of Ninja
OVA Find the Four-Leaf Red Clover!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie

The Kunai (クナイ, Kunai), along with the shuriken, is one of the most common ninja tools. 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 shinobi attack by attaching an explosive 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. This use of the weapon is known as an explosive kunai (起爆クナイ, kibaku kunai).

Kunai can also be kept on spring-loaded wires up the user's sleeve, as seen in Naruto Uzumaki'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.

Shinobi appear to favour them so much due to both their sturdy and dependable nature, as well as their evident versatility.

Types of Kunai Edit

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.[1] This type is also shown used by Kirigakure in the anime.
  • Kabuto Yakushi, when threatening to kill a hospitalised Sasuke Uchiha in Part I, held a kunai with a curved blade to Sasuke's neck (seems to be the same type that Rōshi used).[2]
  • Before the first part of the Chūnin Exams, Zaku Abumi used a kunai with holes in the middle and no ring at the end.[3]
  • During the first part of the Chūnin Exams Kotetsu Hagane threw a kunai at Sukima, that had a tassel connected to the ring.[4]
  • During the second part of the Chūnin Exams, Team Oboro used double-bladed kunai while facing Team 7.[5]
  • In the anime, a member of the Kurama clan used a kunai with a shape similar to a combat knife.[6]
  • Shiin used kunai with long, thin, red ropes attached to them, similar to a Jōhyō.[7]
Flying Thunder God Technique
Minato's marked kunai.
  • Minato Namikaze used three-bladed kunai that had a special seal applied to them in order to perform his Flying Thunder God Technique.[8]
  • The Father puppet, created by Sasori, was equipped with a segmented wooden whip covered with kunai.[9]
  • During their battle with Hidan, Izumo Kamizuki and Kotetsu used kunai the size of ordinary blades to attack him.[10] When next observed, the pair were connected by a length of chain, with a weight attached to its centre.[11]
  • In the manga, the Prajñā Group used very long kunai to assault Danzō Shimura.[12] However, in the anime, these were replaced instead by the standard variant of kunai and later, katana.[13]
  • An unnamed Iwa shinobi of the First Division used a kunai with a manriki-gusari attached to its hilt, in a similar manner to a kusarigama during their initial engagement with the Akatsuki forces in the Fourth Shinobi World War.[14]
  • An unnamed Kiri shinobi of the Fourth Division used a kunai with a noticeably serrated edge along at least one of its sides, during their first direct engagement with the Second Mizukage and Third Raikage in the Fourth Shinobi World War.[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • In the anime, a young Naruto finds a special Takigakure kunai with an extending blade on one side before being pursued by The Taki Kunoichi. It had two thin blades, one larger and one smaller.[17]
  • Deidara was shown wielding a kunai with a square hilt in his mouth. Asuma was also seen with a pair of these after being reincarnated.[18]
  • Tenten used a smaller version of kunai when threatening Menma.[7]
  • Among the many weapons created by there were two variations of a kunai: a double-bladed one without a handle and poison on the blade (and therefore, dangerous to the user) and one with another ring at the end instead of a blade. Obviously, they were basically useless.[19]
  • Shinobi from Benisu Island used kunai with curved side and flat surface.[20]
  • Obito Uchiha owns several kunai of immense size, storing them in the other dimension to launch them with Kamui in quick succession.[21]

Kunai Launching Weapons Edit

  • Kiba Inuzuka employed the use of a clone of Akamaru to release kunai when approached. The doppelgänger swells and then burst launching the kunai at the opponent.[22]
  • Tenten used a grenade that releases kunai and shrapnel in an omnidirectional manner once it detonates.[23]
  • Chiyo used a simple length of cord to thread numerous kunai together, in such a manner that the entirety could be released and thrown consecutively with just a single motion.[24] A similar arrangement was employed by a shinobi of the Third Division, during their attack on the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist, in the Fourth Shinobi World War.[25]
  • Dotō Kazahana's army of Yukigakure ninja used mortars mounted on their train compartments to launch a massive amounts of kunai at a very rapid rate.[26]
Using kunai launcher
Kunai gun from Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds.

Trivia Edit

  • The alternative spelling for "kunai" is written with the characters 苦無, which translate as "no hard feelings" ("bitter", "hardship" and/or "suffering" (苦), and "negative", "no", "not", "lack" and/or "have no" (無)).
  • Historically, in reality, the kunai were just simple farming tools. When the Japanese emperor announced Martial Law and banned weapons, farming tools were among the easily disguised substitutes adopted, mostly because of how cheap they were to manufacture.

References Edit

  1. Naruto chapter 26, page 3
  2. Second Naruto artbook, page 4
  3. Naruto chapter 40, page 5
  4. Naruto chapter 41, page 17
  5. Naruto chapter 62, pages 4-6
  6. Naruto episode 204
  7. 7.0 7.1 Naruto episode 214
  8. Naruto chapter 239, page 8
  9. Naruto chapter 268, pages 5-7
  10. Naruto chapter 322, page 16
  11. Naruto chapter 530, page 8
  12. Naruto chapter 456, pages 3, 6
  13. Naruto: Shippūden episode 199
  14. Naruto chapter 526, page 7
  15. Naruto chapter 548, page 6
  16. Naruto: Shippūden the Movie
  17. Naruto: Shippūden episode 178
  18. Naruto chapter 533, page 5
  19. Naruto: Shippūden episode 184
  20. Naruto: Shippūden episode 224
  21. Naruto chapter 628, pages 3-4
  22. Naruto chapter 205, page 7
  23. Naruto chapter 256, page 8
  24. Naruto chapter 264, page 16
  25. Naruto chapter 523, page 3
  26. Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
  27. Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds
  28. Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire

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