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One possilbe answer to:
<< I am in the process of making a jumonji-yari. I was making it
about the length that yari typically appear to be in the movies (about
16"). But on eBay a few days back, someone was selling a jumonji-yari,
and they had it scaled to about 8" long, with a 16" tang. What gives?
Is there a sort of maximum length, and is a 16" yari going to be way to
Could be a variation of Yari-kanna (Japanese style wood planes). These had
short handles, yari shaped spear tips, used to plane tree trunks into temple
columns of uniform thickness and to flatten and shape large planks for floor
boards. The shorter versions seen to day are for cabinetry and tansu. The
large tang was necessary for controlling the yari-kanna when doing the final
cuts of fine shavings of wood, but the handle did not have to be as long as a