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Cold Steel Imperial Series O Tanto

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$347.00$378.95

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The Cold Steel Imperial Series O Tanto features a sharpened, mirror polished 1050 carbon steel blade. The Tsuba (guard), Fuchi (collar), and Kashira (pommel), are expertly made and finely crafted from black iron. The Habaki (blade collar), is hand made out of polished brass and each hilt is covered in Sam(ray skin) and tightly wrapped in the traditional style with black cord. A beautiful brass Menuki ( a small, ornamental sculpture inserted between the ray skin and the cord wrappings on the handle) enhances the tantos aesthetic appearance and makes for a tanto that is as traditional looking as possible. Includes a black laquered wooden scabbard.

Although these items are brand new & coming from Cold Steel, some of the sayas/scabbards may suffer from minor scuffs, scrapes or chips. We can no longer weed out the blemished items from this product as the majority of them come this way. Swords are still inspected by K.O.A. for defects. 

Overall Length19 3/8''
Blade Length12''
Weight1 lb 3.4 oz
EdgeVery Sharp
Width33 mm
Thickness7.7 mm - 6 mm
PommelN/A
P.O.B.2 1/4''
Grip Length6''
Blade [1055 High Carbon Steel]
TypeTanto
ClassBattle Ready
CultureJapanese
ManufacturerCold Steel
Country of OriginChina

1 review for Cold Steel Imperial Series O Tanto

  1. Danny Clarkson

    First impressions I got this tanto few weeks ago and write my first impressions about it. I will be honest with all cons and pros.

    Well it is not perfect. if you look at blades spine from above it is a bit asymmetric. Same goes for tsuba, it’s not perfectly rounded. But it doesn’t affect handling so I’m forgiving it all as these imperfections gives a hand forged look to the item, even thought I am quite sure Cold Steel do not hand forge their blades. The overall look is very good actually if you don’t take deeper look to inspect every minor detail. I noticed some very minor scratches on the blade and I’m not sure how and when they were made as I didn’t cut things with this tanto yet, but it may be my fault or even if it came this way those scratches are too small to complain. I forgive all cosmetic flaws as long as it is functional and solid blade. For $250 it’s a good and strong tanto for practical use.

    It is a blade heavy, but its made for cutting so it cuts better this way and good item to train your grip and wrist. I like its weight. While I didn’t cut things with it yet, I do swing it in air a lot and very fast to train my wrists and its mass becomes a problem as handle seems to suffer from G forces that appears by swinging it fast and strong (mostly suffers its wrapping cord which is still tight, but loses its original diamond shape). And well some kind of minor noises sometimes I hear coming from “joints” between handle and blade, but no movement of those parts yet. Still solid. But will it last long if I keep this kind of “abuse”? (swinging it fast IN AIR I mean, no contact with targets yet) …I’ll see. Of course it is assembled just like a historical tanto so I can’t complain, real tanto also didn’t have full tang and it could have the same problems. And I prefer historical accuracy even over reliability, but don’t get me wrong, it is still solid and strong and worth those $250 (which is quite cheap I guess) but not worth its original price of $500. And I can’t wait to cut (bottles) with it. In general I am happy with it. It is functional, solid enough and good for practical use. Nice piece to my collection. Hopefully it will serve me long and well.

    P.s. sorry for my broken English.

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