In this instructable I'll show you how to make a simple Yawara stick, with simple tools and with almost no woodworking skills.
This is my first instructables, so any constructive criticism will be welcomed =D.
Don�t go hitting any one that you see with it.=P
Step 1: A Bit of History
The Yawara Stick was developed from the Tanto jitsu or knife fighting techniques contained within Yawara jitsu, specifically, the technique of using the knife still sheathed. The Tanto's wooden sheath was prone to swelling when moistened by rain or perspiration, sometimes making it impossible to draw. Also the samurai needed a less lethal weapon to deal with situations which didn't warrant a throat cutting, such as capturing a prisoner. Because of these and other considerations, various methods of combat were devised, usually with the samurai using the same grip and stances shown in the manual.
The kutbotan was inspired in the yawara stick and it can be used as a keychain.
Step 2: Tools Needed
Step 3: Material Needed
With a ruler, Measure about 6 inches and draw a line and cut it.
Caution: If you use the same wood as me, or similar tropical woods, be careful with the dust. It can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. If possible, use a mask.
Step 4: Making It Smaller
Step 5: Giving It a Round Shape
A compass can help you in this process.
You don�t want to rush in this step, otherwise you might end up with a ugly yawara with bumps over it�s surface.
Step 6: Finishing Touches
With a dremel or a saw draw a not very deep line half a inch on both ends.
With your chisel make the ends smaller, and sandpaper them.
Rasp the sides for a better grip.