Hook swords, also known as twin hooks, tigerheads, or tiger blades, are three weapons in one: A long pole with a hook at the end, an arced blade above the fist, and spearhead beneath the handle. They were Jet's primary weapons. In addition to combat, Jet also used these to maneuver through the trees. Many years later, the Triple Threat Triad leader Tokuga would also make highly effective use of hook swords in combat.
Jet's hook swords
The majority of the time, Jet simply used his tigerheads as dual swords. He used his hook swords to disarm opponents, parry their strikes, or knock them off their feet by hooking their ankles. Jet also could hook them together to create a nunchuck-like weapon. However, he found many other inventive uses for his hook swords:
- The twin hooks were Jet's primary form of transportation in his forest home. He could hook the end of one of the swords on a tree branch and, extending his other sword, catch hold of another branch and thus literally swing through the trees.
- Jet could use his swords to stack bowls of rice on top of one another.
- Jet could hook his swords together to access out-of-reach objects, as shown in the above picture.
The former Freedom Fighter never made an appearance without his hook swords.
Tokuga's hook swords
Tokuga uses a pair of tigerheads that are nearly identical to Jet's, albeit lacking the spearhead tip at the pommel, which ends instead in a simple point. They are Tokuga's primary handheld weapons, which he uses in conjunction with chi blocking in a highly effective and agile style of combat. He has used them to swing from objects, deflect projectiles thrown at him, and to trip opposing benders by catching them by the ankle.
In the real world, the tigerhead is an exotic Chinese weapon traditionally associated with Northern styles of Chinese martial arts but are now often practiced by Southern styles as well.
Most antique examples and artistic depictions of the tiger blades are from the late Qing Chinese Dynasty or later. The hook swords were an exclusively discreet civilian weapon, appearing in none of the official listings of Chinese armaments. These weapons were also often utilized by Shaolin monks.
Often used in pairs, the hooks of the weapons may be used to trap or deflect other weapons. Modern routines for hook swords are often very flashy and may involve techniques such as linking paired weapons and wielding them as a single long, flexible weapon. They are also known as 'qian kun ri yue dao', meaning "heaven and earth, sun moon sword".
- In the video game Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth, Jet's power-up attack involved his hook swords glowing orange. This increased the damage of the hook swords upon opponents.
- In the super deformed short School Time Shipping, Jet used his hook swords to make a heart in an effort to win Katara's love.
- From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Gear: Hook Swords.
- DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer), Koh, Irene (artist), Piekos, Nate; Blambot (letterer), Campbell, Heather; Bak, Jane (cover), Ng, Killian (colorist). Turf Wars Part One (July 26, 2016), Dark Horse Comics.
- Eagan, James (writer) & Filoni, Dave (director). (May 6, 2005). "Jet". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 10. Nickelodeon.
- DiMartino, Michael Dante, Hamilton, Joshua (writers) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (September 15, 2006). "The Serpent's Pass". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 12. Nickelodeon.