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A tantō (短刀, "short sword")  is one of the traditionally made Japanese swords (nihonto) that were worn by the samurai class of feudal Japan. The tantō dates to the Heian period, when it was mainly used as a weapon but evolved in design over the years to become more ornate. Tantō were used in traditional martial arts (tantojutsu). The term has seen a resurgence in the West since the 1980s as a point style of modern tactical knives, designed for piercing or stabbing.


The tantō is a sword, but is used as a knife. The blade is single or double edged with a length between 15 and 30 cm (1 Japanese shaku). The tantō was designed primarily as a stabbing weapon, but the edge can be used for slashing as well. Tantō are generally forged in hira-zukuri style (without ridgeline), meaning that their sides have no ridge line and are nearly flat, unlike the shinogi-zukuri structure of a katana. Some tantō have particularly thick cross-sections for armor-piercing duty, and are called yoroi toshi.


Tantō were mostly carried by samurai, as commoners did not generally wear them. Women sometimes carried a small tantō called a kaiken[6] in their obi primarily for self-defense. Tantō were sometimes worn as the shōtō in place of a wakizashi in a daishō,  especially on the battlefield. Before the advent of the wakizashi/tantō combination, it was common for a samurai to carry a tachi and a tantō as opposed to a katana and a wakizashi.


It has been noted that the tachi would be paired with a tantō and later the katana would be paired with another shorter katana. With the advent of the katana, the wakizashi eventually was chosen by samurai as the short sword over the tantō. Kanzan Satō in his book The Japanese sword notes that there did not seem to be any particular need for the wakizashi and suggests that the wakizashi may have become more popular than the tantō due to the wakizashi being more suited for indoor fighting. He mentions the custom of leaving the katana at the door of a castle or palace when entering while continuing to wear the wakizashi inside.

Brand: Hanwei
The Hanwei Bushido Tanto is created to carry on the heritage of Bushido, or "Way of the Warrior," which describes the rule of conduct that an honorable Samurai must follow.The Bushido Tanto's blade is made of K120C powder steel and is hand-forged and folded. The cherry blossom (sakura) blooms are in..
545.99€
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Brand: Hanwei
The hand-forged and folded K120C powder steel blade on Hanwei's Kami Tanto features a hand-engraved "Fudo" Horimono and Bo-Hi. The folding technique provides a beautiful hada, or grain pattern, along the blade, which is enhanced by the hamon.The tsuka is made of the highest grade ray skin, while the..
990.90€
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When you buy our Shikoto Lonquan Master Tanto, you're getting one of the most respected elements of a Samurai warrior's regalia. When you hold a Shikoto Hammer-Forged Longquan Master sword in your hand, you are wielding the same weapon that a warrior wielded over 2,500 years ago. The tanto has a 12 ..
330.99€
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Brand: Hanwei
Paul Chen's Hanwei Orchid Tanto knife has a folded K120C steel blade with a stunning koshirae. The hamon is prominent, and there are distinct strata in the hada.The tsuka is made of high-quality same (ray skin), while the tsuka-ito and sageo are made of premium Japanese cotton. With buffalo horn koi..
590.99€
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Brand: Hanwei
The ever-popular Practical Katana (SH1070), Wakizashi (SH2061), and Tanto (0165192254) allow martial artists to acquire and wield a Hanwei sword at a fraction of the cost of a standard blade. The blades are forged and differentially hardened, with an HRC60 edge and HRC40 rear, using the same method ..
145.99€
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Brand: Hanwei
While Hanwei's Raptor Tanto and Raptor Wakizashi are designed to match any of the Raptor series' katanas, they are also quite excellent cutting instruments in their own right. These components, which are made in the blade style of James Williams' personal Nami Ryu swords, will allow the cutting prac..
245.99€
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This Shikoto tanto was created in honor of the warrior who fights in the shadows, the Ninja of the Night. It has a 12 3/4" T10 carbon steel burnt blade with a clay-tempered edge that extends from a brass habaki and a brass Samurai tsuba. Genuine tea-colored rayskin and brown cord wrap the oak handle..
314.99€
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Brand: Cold Steel
Cold Steel®'s Emperor Series swords are styled to reflect some of the most distinctive hallmarks of Japanese sword design. Cold Steel® uses only traditional materials for the Tsuba (guard), Fuchi (collar) and Kashira (pommel). Each piece is expertly made and finely crafted in nickel-silver. The Haba..
590.90€
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Brand: Hanwei
The Tori Tanto's blade is forged and folded, while the handle is wrapped in the finest ray skin. The furniture features the Crane and Armour theme, while the Saya is brown and textured. This is without a doubt the most gorgeous Tanto in Hanweis' collection.A custom-fit fabric pouch and a Japanese bl..
659.90€
Ex Tax:545.37€
Brand: Cold Steel
The Emperor Series swords have proven to be popular with many of Cold Steelclients ®'s since their initial release. Even so, Cold Steel® recognizes that some people want a battle-ready blade but are hoping to locate one at a lower cost.The Warrior Series clearly addresses this issue. These swords ha..
409.99€
Ex Tax:338.83€
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