The tanto, also known as the tanto knife, is actually a sword, but is used as a knife. The blade can be single or double edged. The tantō was designed primarily as a stabbing weapon, but can also be used for slashing. Tantō blades are generally forged without a ridgeline, meaning that their sides have no ridge line and are nearly flat, unlike the structure of a katana. Some tantō blades have thick cross-sections for armor-piercing duty, and are called yoroi toshi. Tantō knifes were mostly carried by samurai. Women sometimes carried a small tantō called a kaiken for self-defense. Tantō knives were sometimes instead of a wakizashi, especially on the battlefield. Before the popularization of the wakizashi and tantō combination, it was common for a samurai to carry a tachi and a tantō as opposed to a wakizashi and katana.
The sword is made from Pattern welded Damascus steel. Pattern welded Damascus steel is a hard heat treated, folded carbon steel. There are 11 pieces of steel, folded five times, making 352 layers. The steel is the perfect combination of hardness and durability with a Rockwell hardness rating between 55 and 56 HRC. High carbon damascus steel must contain layers of high carbon steel. The high carbon steel we use is 1095 steel which is the highest content carbon steel used in swords. The combination of the steel layers creates a sword that is strong enough to hold a powerful edge while having the strength and flexibility to withstand powerful collisions. This makes the perfect steel for swords. The handle is wood and horn with Damascus steel bolsters. It comes with a leather sheath.
Handle Material: Wood with Damascus Steel Bolsters
Overall Length: 19"
Rockwell Hardness: 55-56 HRC
Number of layers: 352
Sheath: Wood sheath
Blade Material: Damascus steel
6 Pieces of Carbon Steel #43 and #40
5 Pieces of High Carbon Steel 1095
1st Fold- 11x2=22 Layers
2nd Fold- 22*2=44 Layers
3rd Fold- 44*2=88 Layers
4th Fold- 88*2=176 Layers
5th Fold- 176*2=352 Layers
Tanto Knife- Tanto Sword- High Carbon Damascus Steel Knife- 19"