First appearing in Japan in the Heian period (794-1185), the tanto dagger was often worn alongside the Tachi and later Katana swords. Early tanto-like blades were often made from broken longer swords, or even yari spearpoints. It was customary for a samurai, upon entering a home peacefully, to remove his katana and keep his tanto on his person. In later centuries the Tanto would begin to lose popularity as the secondary Shoto sword as samurai began to prefer the longer Wakizashi.
This tanto, made by Dynasty Forge, features a blade crafted from 1095 high carbon steel that has been differentially tempered with clay, resulting in the white-steel hamon along the edge. The blade was polished first with machine polishing, then finished by hand. The tsuka grip is of wood, wrapped in rayskin same. The tsuka-ito wrapping is woven black silk with two dragon menuki beneath. The seppa and habaki are of brass. Bamboo Mekugi hold the blade in place, but allow for disassembly for maintenance and customization. The iron, gold-accented tsuba features the dragon – symbol of power, luck and natural forces.The saya scabbard is wood, coated with a glossy black lacquer and a matching woven black silk sageo. It comes with a blue cloth dagger bag.
Please Note: It is common and standard for the scabbards of these swords to have scratches, scuffs, small indentations or light and thin cracks in the scabbard lacquer.
Please Note: It is common for this item to have silvered habaki and seppa instead of brass as seen in photos.
Please Note: It is common for the lacquer finish of the scabbards to have minor cosmetic blemishing. Also, the Menuki may not match what is pictured as it is common for the manufacturer to use different menuki for different production runs.