Japanese Tantos, Samurai Tantos and Functional Tantos

The tanto is a Japanese dagger. Unlike most daggers, though, the tanto was not merely a scaled down version of the sword, but instead, a completely unique piece, one that was forged with different techniques to suit the different form. Here at Dark Knight Armoury, many of our functional oriental tantos echo this notion, in that they resemble their parent sword, but also differ slightly in form and detail. This practice makes the designs complementary, while also making each tanto an individual piece, one that stands alone thanks to its unique detail and form. Historically, tanto were originally paired with tachi swords the precursor to the katana, and were worn at all times, even when the larger sword was politely left at the door when visiting another castle or home. As time passed, the tanto gradually fell out of use as a battle implement, but it was never left far behind, as the tanto took on a more ceremonial position, as the blade of choice for indoor defense alongside the wakizashi, as well as the sole blade for use with seppuku, the samurai ceremonial ritual for suicide. Our offered tantos come in a variety of shapes and forms, some possessing a straight-forward and effective look worthy of any samurai warrior, while others are a bit more ornate and look like the sword of blade that a daimyo or shogun might have favored. Some even resemble kaiken, which were marital daggers that samurai wives carried at all times. For the complete look of a samurai warrior, a tanto is a must-have, and there is no better place to select a fine, functional oriental tanto than right here at Dark Knight Armoury.
Black Dragon Damascus Tanto
MC-RY-3045
Collectors of Japanese blades will find few examples of quality craftsmanship better than the Black Dragon Damascus Tanto. This functional tanto is crafted from high carbon Damascus steel with a fuller and real ray skin handle.
Price: $88.00
Brass Menuki Samurai Tanto
MC-RY-3205S
Offering a modern spin on the traditional Japanese blade, the Brass Menuki Samurai Tanto makes an excellent collectible weapon to add to your collection. This functional oriental dagger possesses a striking appearance.
Price: $60.00
Bushido Tanto
SH1212
Bushido, or Way of the Warrior, defines the code of conduct an honorable Samurai must follow. Much more than the western ideal of chivalry Bushido is a way of life. The koshirae of our Bushido set features various samurai battle scenes.
Price: $700.00
Dragonfly Tanto
07-88DT
The craftsmanship of traditional Japanese blades has been celebrated for centuries. Enjoy the elegance and strength of the historic tanto of the samurai with the Dragonfly Tanto, skillfully designed for the modern day warrior.
Price: $549.99
On Sale For: $440.00
Elegant Samurai Tanto
MC-DB-T02
Having completed the assigned tasks, the student stands before the tribunal. He finds peace within while they deliberate. Soon the weaponsmaster approaches, offering the Elegant Samurai Tanto as confirmation of his new status.
Price: $60.00
Golden Warrior Samurai Tanto
ED2143
Made famous in feudal era Japan, tantos feature short blades with a sharpened edge which excels in thrusting strikes. The Golden Warrior Samurai Tanto is functional designed and stays true to this historic style.
Price: $99.75
Great Wave Tanto
SH5022
The furniture of each piece in the Great Wave Set displays the renowned Tomoe motif used frequently for family crests and shrine decoration. The tsuba, fuchi, and kashira are made of blackened iron and feature the Tomoe crest (mon).
Price: $525.00
Handmade Japanese Tanto
NP-F-882
This Handmade Japanese Tanto is shirayasa mounted. Japanese blades that were not to be used for some time were often removed from their typical mountings of tsuba and tsuka, and mounted into the featureless and simple wooden Shirasaya.
Price: $79.00
Imperial Tanto
07-88T
The fittings of the Imperial Tanto are expertly made to give it the finest look possible, and its modern carbon steel blade is heat treated to a spring temper, making this gorgeous replica tanto a functional, battle-ready weapon.
Price: $529.99
On Sale For: $424.00
Imperial Tanto
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Situated within the folds of his obi sash, the emperor displays his beloved knife, the Imperial Tanto. Adorned in gold and the royal insignia, this incredible piece displays his honor and authority in stunning detail and design.
Price: $999.00
Maple Leaf Tanto
MC-DB-T07
Gazing into a polished silver mirror, the lady adjusts the folds of her robes. Satisfied with her reflection, she accepts the Maple Leaf Tanto from her attendant, sliding the scabbard into the sash so it is unobtrusive until needed.
Price: $60.00
Practical Plus Tanto
SH2259
The Practical Plus Tanto (SH2259) matches our Practical Plus Katana (SH2073) and Wakizashi (SH2118). The blade is hand-forged high-carbon steel and differentially hardened using a traditional claying method with a medium (chu) kissaki.
Price: $265.00
Practical Tanto Knife
SH2254
Though the tanto has made its way into modern tactical knives, its origins began in the Heian period of feudal Japan. This Practical Tanto Knife is an eye catching short blade sword, ideal to be worn by an honorable samurai.
Price: $150.00
Purple Cord Damascus Oriental Tanto
MC-RY-3204B
A traditional Japanese blade design, the tanto was originally made as a stabbing, slashing, and armor-piercing weapon. The Purple Cord Damascus Oriental Tanto makes a great option for anyone wanting a top notch blade.
Price: $80.00
Raptor Tanto
SH2423
No collection of oriental weapons is complete without the classic Japanese knife, the tanto. Created to match the katanas and wakizashi in our Raptor line, this Raptor Tanto makes a great cutting tool and display weapon by itself, too!
Price: $275.00
Red Dragon Damascus Tanto
MC-RY-3046
Collectors of Japanese blades will find few examples of quality craftsmanship better than the Red Dragon Damascus Tanto. This functional tanto is crafted from high carbon Damascus steel with a fuller and real ray skin handle.
Price: $88.00
Red Scabbard Damascus Oriental Tanto
MC-RY-3204R
A traditional Japanese blade design, the tanto was originally made as a stabbing, slashing, and armor-piercing weapon. The Red Scabbard Damascus Oriental Tanto makes a great option for anyone wanting a top notch blade.
Price: $80.00
Shirasaya Damascus Tanto
NP-F-881
Samurais used Shirasaya to conceal their swords after sword carrying was banned in Japan. You can add a historical touch to your collection with this Shirasaya Damascus Tanto. This knife features a Damascus blade with a long fuller.
Price: $79.90
Shirasaya Japanese Tanto
NP-F-880
Japanese Shirasaya swords are a popular choice among collectors. You can get the same look in a smaller package with this Shirasaya Japanese Tanto. This functional tanto is crafted from high carbon Damascus steel with a fuller.
Price: $89.90
Tori Tanto
SH6007KFT
Samurai carried tanto blades during feudal Japan. The Tori Tanto is built with a K120C powdered-steel forged and folded blade with the handle wrapped in the highest quality ray skin. This tanto makes a great addition to any collection.
Price: $700.00

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