Fei Gou (飛鈎)

Drawing of a Fei Gou, from 'Wu Bei Zhi (《武備志》)'.
Fei Gou (飛鈎, lit. 'Flying hook'), also known as Tie Chi Jiao (鐵䲭腳, lit. 'Iron sparrowhawk leg'), is a type of grappling hook. Unlike normal grappling hooks commonly employed to climb walls or pull down obstacles, Fei Gou is designed to be used as a weapon, and all four flukes on the hook are sharpened. The front portion of the rope of Fei Gou is replaced by an iron chain in order to prevent the enemy from cutting off the rope, as well as to prevent the sharpened hook from severing its own rope.

Fei Gou is used by siege defenders stationed on top of the city wall to hook at the vulnerable legs of besieging troops (besieging troops tend to keep their heads low to avoid incoming arrows, causing them to ignore the relatively large Fei Gou as well). The defenders then pull the unfortunate victim to the top of the wall before releasing him and let him fall to his death. Even if the victim manages to dislodge the hook before he is pulled up, he will still be taken out of battle due to leg injury.

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