A cold weapon (or white arm)[1][2] is a weapon that does not involve fire or explosions (such as the act of combustion) as a result from the use of gunpowder or other explosive materials. Ranged weapons that do not require gunpowder or explosive materials and melee weapons are cold weapons, including: knives, daggers, swords, bayonets, clubs, axes, spears, slings, bows, and crossbows. Firearms, explosives (such as grenades, mines, bombs, rockets, and missiles), and similar weapons which rely on heat or burning are not classified as cold weapons but as firearms.

Japanese cold weapons, ca.1892-1895.

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  1. ^ Harbi, Abdullah (2007-05-27). "Ministry bans sale of white weapons". Kuwait News Agency. Kuwait. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  2. ^ "الجيش الإسرائيلي يؤكّد أنه قام بالدفاع عن نفسه" [The Israeli army emphasizes that it has acted on self-defense]. Euronews (in Arabic). Retrieved 19 October 2010.