The kusarigama is one of many traditional Japanese weapons with agricultural roots. It is made of a long weighted chain attached to a sickle. The chain is either attached to the bottom of the sickle's handle or where the blade meets the handle. The chain can be used to entangle an opponent and draw them into range of the sickle or to entangle an opponent's weapon. The addition of the sickle makes it a more lethal version of the manrikisa.
The martial art form associated with the kusarigama is Kusarigamajutsu and is still studied by some people.