Folklore says tonfa were originally used as wooden handles that fit into the side of millstones and were later developed into weapons when Okinawan peasants were banned from using more traditional weaponry. Other sources say they have a richer history, extending back into Chinese martial arts, and appearing in Indonesian and Filipino cultures. It also appears in Thailand as the Mae Sun Sawk. The difference is that the Mae Sun Sawk has rope tying the elbow end of it to the arm.
The tonfa traditionally consists of two parts, a handle with a knob, and perpendicular to the handle, a shaft or board that lies along the hand and forearm. The shaft is usually 51-61 cm (20-24 in) long; optimally, it extends about 3 cm past the elbow when held. Often the shaft has rounded off ends which may be grooved for a better grip. There is a smaller cylindrical grip secured at a 90 degrees angle to the shaft, about 15 centimetres from one end.
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