Folded Steel O-Tanto (SOLD)

tanto 12.75 inches skinny (1 of 2)

This powerful o-tanto (large tanto or short wakizashi, depending on your perspective) features a striking grain pattern and a choji hamon.  The complex folding process by which this blade was made yields a surface pattern (visible in the photographs below) resembling the grain pattern known as mokume which was found on many traditionally made Japanese blades.  It’s well over 12 inches in blade length and is fully polished.  Unmounted, blade only (no habaki).  SOLD.

  •  Blade length:  12.75 inches (32 cm)
  • Total length:  17.25 inches (43 cm)
  • Width at machi: 1.2 inches (3 cm)
  • Thickness: .25 inches (6 mm)
  • Steel:  Folded 1095 and 1050 steel
  • Hamon:  Choji
  • Hada:  Mokume
tanto 12.75 inches small (3 of 6)

Detail of hada (grain pattern). This pattern, known as mokume, was said to resemble the grain of a tree with many knots. Click the photo to see even more detail.

tanto 12.75 inches small (4 of 6)

Kissaki – showing another close-up view of mokume hada

tanto 12.75 inches small (5 of 6)

Details of choji (clove blossom) hamon

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Another view of the kissaki or tip…

tanto 12.75 inches skinny (2 of 2)

This side of the blade was worn to the inside, and was known as the “omote” or private side.

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