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Have a look at these kick ass new throwing stars. They're made out of foam! So, they're like actual shurikens, only they don't tear open your jugular and cause your blood to spray out in a 25 foot arc when they hit you. Ah well, you can't have everything I guess.
These stars are actually very cool. We fire them at each other across the warehouse at the least expected times to hone our ninja instincts. I myself have hit my friend and co-worker Dave squarely in the back of the head with one of these from 50 feet away (it was a once in a lifetime shot. I now feel a little hollow and empty, knowing that my life can only go downhill from here). Dave has since gotten revenge, which proves my earlier point -- You can get hit in the back of the head and won't need to have your loyal student avenge your death. You can avenge your own damn death because you won't really be dead! Well, I guess you can't really avenge your death if you don't actually die, but you can sure kick someone's ass for hitting you in the back of the head with a foam throwing star! Damn Tootin.
The stars are made from an extremely durable foam rubber that is really, really hard to mess up. In fact, I can't say that I've seen a single one of these stars with any sort of damage on them, and we've been beating the heck out of ours. The shurikens come in two varieties, Chaosstar and Darkstar. The Chaosstar has lots of little points. The Darkstar has four big points. I myself often have no point whatsoever. The Darkstar has Asian characters on it that mean I can hit you in the back of the head with this. Alright, I'm not really sure what the characters mean, so if anyone knows, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We'll give you the credit and may even send you a free Darkstar.
Someone was up to the challenge! Thanks to Hunter Warburton, from California, we now have the meaning of the weird characters on the Darkstar that we were too lazy too research! Here's Hunter's explanation:
"I have identified the symbols on the LARP throwing star Darkstar:
Meaning to hit or strike. It can simply mean This Hits. Very fitting for such an item."
He then went on to say how great we are here at Strongblade and how we should rule the world, and that we, by our company, have introduced a new verb/adjective to the world: To Strongblade. As in, "damn, that's the greatest throw I've ever seen. You really Strongbladed it!" Oh, alright. Our lawyers are telling us that we can't make up stuff that customers said. Some stupid thing they call 'libel.' Whatever. So he didn't say that other stuff, but he did come up with the definition of the symbol, for which we are grateful. Thanks very much Hunter!
These stars are fairly light and are addictively fun to throw. Add one to your sparring repertoire for those moments when all seems lost, or simply carry them as part of your costume or LARP personae (there's nothing like picking off routed goblins like a handful of these in your pouch).