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Iron Tiger Forge Black Shirasaya Folded Steel Tanto - JH218BK

Iron Tiger Forge Black Shirasaya Folded Steel Tanto

Overall Length: 19 3/8'' Blade: 12 5/8''
Retail Price:$72.00

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Blade: 1045 & 1065 Folded High Carbon Steel
Weight: 1 lb 1.3 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 2 1/2''
Thickness: 8 mm - 5 mm
Width: 31.4 mm
Grip Length: 6 5/8''
Pommel: N/A

This tanto is ‘’Shirasaya’ mounted – Japanese blades that were not to be used for some time were often removed from their typical ‘’Koshirae’’ mountings of tsuba and wrapped tsuka, and mounted into the featureless shirasaya. Standard Koshirae were prone to accumulate moisture over time, hence the placement of the blade into a protective Shirasaya. Though Shirasaya mounting is primarily for storage, the blade is securely affixed and can still be used if necessary.

The dagger size Tanto was a blade often kept on the person of a samurai whilst indoors. It was often a custom to remove a katana upon entering a home, but this custom had practicality, for the katana was often large and unwieldy indoors.

This Tanto is made in Longquan China, a region that was central to sword smithing in the Song Dynasty. The blade is crafted from 1045 and 1065 high carbon steel and folded together – It contains 3,800 layers of steel. Folded steel was a common smithing technique as it minimized metal impurities and blended strong, ridged steel with flexible steel to create single blades that possessed both desired qualities. The Shirasaya, both scabbard and grip are of wood that has been black lacquered. It comes with a black cloth dagger bag.

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