This item is a set of Yajiri/Zoku (鏃, the pointy part of an arrow). It is usually made of iron; however, in ancient times, stone, bone, and copper were also used. There are several types of arrowheads based on materials. The Sekizoku (石鏃) is made of stone. It is thought to have been used since the Paleolithic period (approximately 22,000 years from around 38,000 years ago to 16,000 years ago), and rocks that could be easily crushed were used. The Douzoku (銅鏃) is made of bronze. And the Tetsuzoku (鉄鏃) is made of iron. It began to be used primarily as a weapon, replacing Sekizoku. Because they are made of iron, they have been melted down many times and recycled into arrowheads and other iron products. Not only are there very few old ones in existence, but it is also challenging to determine when they were made.
From the Yayoi period onwards, only Tetsuzokus continued to be used. During the Kamakura period, archery became an essential martial art for soldiers and military commanders. Even after entering the Sengoku period, when guns introduced from Portugal became the star weapon on the battlefields, they continued to be used as a major weapon to signal the start of a battle, and in the Edo period, when the world was at peace—changed to the form of Kyudō (弓道). Because they were used for martial arts and cultural purposes, many arrowheads with special shapes were produced.
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