Flying claws

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The Flying Claw is used to ensnare a foe and throw him off balance. It originated in China during the Sui Dynasty and is one of the flexible also known as soft weapons in the Chinese martial arts. It is in the same family as the meteor hammer, rope dart, and chain whip.

The flying claw is constructed in a manner with a spring mechanism within the metal claw that allows the claw to open and close as the tether is pulled or released.

the weapon has a reach of approximately 30 feet (9.1 m) and is often used as a makeshift grappling hook.[citation needed]