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Musashi Asuka Tanto - SS760BK

Musashi Asuka Tanto

Overall Length: 15 1/8'' Blade: 10 1/8''

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Weight: 7 oz
Edge:  Sharp
P.O.B.: 1 5/8''
Thickness: 6.1 mm - 5.3 mm
Width: 21.6 mm
Grip Length: 5 1/8''
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.

The Musashi Asuka Tanto has a blade of sharp high carbon steel. This shirasaya tanto has a wooden grip of black lacquer surmounted by polished animal horn. The scabbard is black lacquer surmounted by matching polished animal horn and an animal horn kurigata. A Dragon of inlaid mother of pearl completes the scabbard on both sides. An elaborate tasselled lanyard of knotwork and a jade Komainu lion dog is included. Comes with a protective black cloth dagger bag and a red brocade display box.

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