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In this Kunisada print, Horibe Yasubei holds a large mallet.

An ōtsuchi (大槌?, lit. large hammer or mallet) is a large wooden war mallet used by the samurai class of feudal Japan. The ōtsuchi had a shaft of about 6 feet (1.8 m) much like the ono (war axe).[1] It was mainly used for forcible entry through castle gates and doors.[2][3]

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