Tanto Swords

At Swords of Northshire, we offer a wide range of tanto swords that are handcrafted by skilled artisans.

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The tanto sword is a type of Japanese short sword that has a unique and fascinating history behind it. These swords have been used for centuries by samurai and ninjas, and they remain an important part of Japanese culture and tradition to this day.

The tanto sword typically has a blade length of less than 12 inches, making it significantly shorter than the longer katana sword. However, the tanto blade is no less deadly than its longer counterpart. The tanto was often used as a secondary weapon by samurai to finish off wounded opponents or to perform stealthy assassinations.


The Intricate Process of Crafting Tanto Blades with Tamahagane Steel

The tanto blade is made using a special type of steel called tamahagane which is both strong and flexible. After forging and shaping the blade, it is then hardened and sharpened using a special process called tempering, which gives it a razor-sharp edge and makes it extremely durable.


The Unique Design and Timeless Appeal of Tanto Swords

The tanto sword also has a unique design that sets it apart from other Japanese swords. The blade of a tanto is usually wider near the base and tapers towards the point, giving it a distinctive triangular shape.

In addition to their historical significance, tanto swords are popular among collectors and martial arts enthusiasts. Whether you are interested in the history of Japanese swordsmanship or simply appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of these exquisite weapons, a tanto blade is sure to impress.

Each of our tantos for sale is made using traditional techniques and the highest quality materials, ensuring that it is not only beautiful but also functional and durable. Whether you are looking for a tanto sword for display or use in martial arts, we have the perfect tanto sword for sale!

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A katana is a japanese sword characterized by a curved, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

The katana is generally defined as the standard-sized, moderately curved Japanese sword with a blade length greater than 23.86 inches. It is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

Western historians have said that the katana was among the finest cutting weapons in world military history.

Having a regular cleaning routine in place is key to maintaining your katana.

You can purchase a traditional sword cleaning kit that will have everything you need. There are three steps: removing oil, polishing the blade, and oiling the blade.

Using a sheet of rice paper from the kit or soft cotton cloth, remove any oil that is still on the blade from the previous maintenance. Take the powder ball and tap it lightly against the blade about every two inches or so along its length. Take a fresh piece of rice paper and rub the powder over the blade to polish it. Do this until both sides of the blade have been polished and the powder completely removed. Take the bottle of oil and apply a few drops along the length of the blade on each side. Use a fresh piece of rice paper to spread the oil evenly on the blade.

The most iconic and well known of all the Samurai swords; the katana is distinguished by its long blade and handle that is made to accommodate two hands and strike from a large distance. It has a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard. The katana has a set of dimensions that separate it from other samurai swords. A traditional katana will measure 3 to 4 feet in total length, with the hilt taking up one-fourth of the total and a characteristic curvature of more or less than 1 inch.

A full tang katana is the sword where the tang extends to almost the whole length of the handle, which makes the blade and the handle the same piece of metal. This gives to the sword certain rigidity and makes it a very solid piece to enjoy.

Full Tang katanas are handmade swords. They can be made of various stainless-steel types according to the Carbon Concentration. The forging is the essential part of the production because it allows the samurai sword to be solid and relatively light. Commonly, the piece of metal is repeatedly heated by fire and hammered while the metal is being folded. The mounting of the different parts is a very delicate operation that has its origins deep in the Japanese civilization. Samurai are used to cherish their Katanas as their trusted partners, and they handle them with love and care.