Use of the true "Tekko" started with the "Horseshoe Tekko". Because weapons were banned in Okinawa they used a horseshoe in the hand to punch with. However, the popularity of the horseshoe tekko faded as attention turned to the smaller, more concealable horse stirrup. The horse stirrup ("abumi") version consists of a semicircle, with two ends connected by a bar to create a fist-loaded weapon. The traditional stirrup tekko consists of light metal and wood.
the main form of usage from that of empty-hand technique, whilst also introducing slashing movements. The tekko is usually made to the width of the hand with anything between one and three protruding points on the knuckle front with protruding points at the top and the bottom of the knuckle.