Samurai reenactors carrying torches

torch is a stick with combustible material at one end, which is ignited and used as a light source.

Shinobi torches are varied and numerous, with many different mixtures for different occasions. A variety of torch and gunpowder skills were mastered by the shinobi. This is due to the fact that many shinobi had to lead bands of warriors to an enemy's camp under the cover of night. Their torches needed to withstand harsh weather conditions and last long hours.

Giyoshu Torches Edit

According to the Giyoshu military manual, torches would usually be made out of dried bamboo pierced with skewers in the shape of a cross or by thinly splitting three types of wood, cypress, Japanese cedar and double leaf pine, and wrapping them within a bamboo sheath and tying them up. Additionally, saw tooth oak could be beaten when it's still green and dried.
A more complex torch recipe is included in the manual:
  1. Saltpeter
  2. Sulfur
  3. Charcoal
  4. Camphor
  5. Pine tree sawdust
  6. Cocklebur fruit
  7. Mugwort leaves
  8. Pine resin

The mugwort leaves would be shredded and mixed with pine resin before mixing all the ingredients together and ramming them into large bamboo cylinders.

Rainproof Torch Edit

  1. Saltpeter
  2. Sulfur
  3. Ash
  4. Pine wood knots
  5. Mugwort
  6. Pine resin
  7. Camphor
  8. Ground up tea
  9. Mouse droppings

The ingredients would be ground up into a powder and placed into a bamboo cylinder which would be shaved to have a thinner shell.

A waterproof torch could be made by coating deer antlers in cocklebur oil and drying it for fifty days.


Shinobi Torch Edit

Step 1:

  1. Saltpeter
  2. Sulfur
  3. Ash

Step 2:

  1. Camphor

Step 3:

  1. Pine resin
  2. Ground up tea
  3. Mouse droppings

Step 4:

  1. Sawdust from pine tree knots
  2. Cattle droppings

The sets will be mixed separately, combined together, then poured into a bamboo cylinder which would be shaved to have a thinner shell. The bamboo cylinder would then be split in half, with the exposed ingredients sealed with paper, then placed together again and wrapped with paper. This torch could be reignited simply by swinging it in the air.