northstar obviously has done some research, or even practiced some 9 ring. I personaly love the weapon as it has a few nice uses, trapping, distracting ect.. but the distraction is usually underestimated, colors and loud sounds from this particular weapon confuses people who arent used to it fairly easily. Light can shine off the weapon as it is whipped around, sounds making it hard to determine the location of the weapon as well, my favorite move in a form is bringing the from left to right with the blade going that same direction, then flicking it around to change direction, in an attempt to make a loud noise to get the enemy to look at the sword to your right, as you bring the blade through their throat, slice and dice baby ;D

btw, anyone have a good place to get a real, sharpenable and weightable 9 ring? i need a new one...