This monster originally featured in OA2 Night of the Seven Swords, so I wasn't sure if this was a core weapon.Cleon at the Creature Catalogue forums wrote:Kiseru: The Paper Warrior has a +1 kiseru made of iron that is painted to look like wood.
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Cost Dmg Critical Range Weight Damage Type Kiseru* 5 sp 1d4 ×2 — 2 lb. Bludgeoning
Kiseru: A kiseru is a tobacco pipe about as long as its wielder's forearm. They are normally made of wood with metal ends, but some kiseru are made entirely of metal. While kiseru appear to be harmless smoker's pipes they are actually solid enough to be used as clubbing weapons.
The kiseru is a special monk weapon. This designation gives a monk wielding a kiseru special options.
I do find it in the 1e Oriental Adventures hardback, but it's missing from the 3e Oriental Adventures hardback. I'm not sure if this was dropped in 2nd Edition or 3rd Edition, but it's an interesting weapon. Anyhoo, here is what the 1e OA has for it:
Someone, called Rich, has more detail on this weapon at The Unique Weapons of Ancient Japan:David 'Zeb' Cook in Oriental Adventures wrote:Kisuru: The kiseru is a tobacco pipe made of metal. Its innocent apperance disguises its use as a clubbing weapon. It is popular with peasants and monks, because it is cheap and easy to make and does not appear as a dangerous weapon. It can also be used for smoking.
The Wikipedia article for kiseru gives us a bit more detail on the connection between kiseru and swords:Rich wrote:Kiseru Battle Pipes: Smoke Your Enemies
Imagine you're a pilgrim wandering the hillsides of ancient Japan. Weary from the long journey, you decide to take a break under a tree's shady branches. Just when kick back to enjoy a puff from your trusty pipe, some ruffians show up demanding money. What do you do?
If you're a badass, you beat those inconsiderate jerks with your pipe. Although not all were designed for fighting, a glance at pipe's size and weight might give away its user's intent. "Many pipes were made of metal and were… three to four feet long. Several edicts point to the fact that such pipes were used in brawls… Some pipes were fitted with regular guards, just like swords." Battle pipes became so common, martial arts schools devised techniques in their use.
With all that context, the idea of a smoking pipe that is a concealed weapon makes a lot more sense.Kiseru article on Wikipedia wrote:During the Edo period weapons were frequently used as objects to flaunt one's financial status. Since commoners were prohibited to carry sharper weapons, an elaborate kiseru carried slung from the waist often served the purpose. After the Meiji restoration and the abolishment of the caste system, many craftsmen who previously had worked on decorating swords moved on to designing kiseru and netsuke for tobacco pouches.
I'm kind of sorry that this was not in the 3e version of OA and am glad that the Creature Catalogue team brought it back. I've not fully thought about the implication of making this a monk weapon yet, but now I know the backstory, this sounds like something that would be fun to include in a combat.