The functional Japanese tanto is a Japanese dagger, strictly one with a guard and has all of the fittings used on swords. The Japanese tanto blade rarely exceeds 12 inches in length and usually accompanying a katana. The Japanese tanto is constantly carried and not being left at the door when paying a visit. The tanto is much more decorated and has unusual fittings than the larger swords. The Japanese tanto was designed primarily as a stabbing instrument, but the edge can be used to slash as well. Japanese tantos were mostly carried by samurai, but commoners did not generally carry them. Women sometimes carried a small tanto called a kaiken in their obi for self defense. Medieval Collectibles carries many fully functional Japanese tantos that are authentic in detailing and construction.
The Samurai Tanto was individually made by hand with a natural wood grip and a sheath covered with hand bound and braided leather. The tsuba and end cap are hand cast in brass with a traditional solid copper band fitted to each blade.
Bushido, or Way of the Warrior, defines the code of conduct an honorable Samurai must follow. Much more than the western ideal of chivalry Bushido is a way of life. The koshirae of our Bushido set features various samurai battle scenes.
The Practical Plus Tanto (SH2259) matches our Practical Plus Katana (SH2073) and Wakizashi (SH2118). The blade is hand-forged high-carbon steel and differentially hardened using a traditional claying method with a medium (chu) kissaki.
The furniture of each piece in the Great Wave Set displays the renowned Tomoe motif used frequently for family crests and shrine decoration. The tsuba, fuchi, and kashira are made of blackened iron and feature the Tomoe crest (mon).
The Warrior Series swords are very handsome and share the same steel, heat treatment, and sharpness as their more expensive Imperial counterparts. Like the Imperial swords, they have same, cord wrapped handles, and quality fittings.
The classic Japanese battle sword in all its incarnations has been celebrated for centuries, not only for its elegant lines and simple beauty, but also for the technique and skill that went into its construction.
Our factory has used only traditional materials for our Japanese swords fittings. The Tsuba (guard), Fuchi (collar), and Kashira (pommel), are expertly made to give the Imperial Katana the finest look possible.
Samurai carried tanto blades during feudal Japan. The Tori Tanto is built with a K120C powdered-steel forged and folded blade with the handle wrapped in the highest quality ray skin. This tanto makes a great addition to any collection.