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Japanese tantos are dagger-like knives with strong tips. Tanto can be used in close-quarters combat, martial arts, ceremonial acts, or as tactical knives. The Japanese tanto blade was developed during the Heian period in feudal Japan. It was created primarily as a stabbing weapon, but is also ideal for slashing. It was worn mostly by samurai, but sometimes women wore them in their obi for self-defense. During the Kamakura period, tanto blades were crafted to be more aesthetically pleasing and gained popularity among nobles and commoners alike. Browse the selection of knives at Swords of Northshire today to discover one that speaks to you.

 

Our Samurai Knife Selection

 

At Swords of Northshire, our knife selection allows you to experience the various motifs and symbolism of Japanese culture. Whether you want a blade adorned with mother of pearl shells or a traditional handle wrap (ito), our collection offers you the perfect knives for your aesthetic. Explore a collection of blades that meet our high quality standards including:

 

 

A knife can be a crucial weapon in a battle, or an essential tool for survival. Whether you’re battling villains or testing your survival skills, our authentic handcrafted samurai knives are just what you need. Each of our knives is crafted in the traditional Japanese style with premium steel and materials.

 

Knives and Swords at Swords of Northshire

 

Our Japanese tanto blades are handmade by master craftsmen who spend years perfecting ancient Japanese metalworking techniques. Every blade is made to order, and each receives special attention to detail to ensure superior quality and performance. Find a tool that suits your needs in our collection of knives and swords. 

If you’re seeking a longer sword, check out our shirasaya, wakizashi, and katana swords from the samurai collection.

Your custom-made katana begins its life in the famed swordsmithing town of Longquan located in the remote, green mountains of Qinxi. The art of blade making has continued, unabated, for over 2,600 years near the cold, shining waters of the Ou River. Your sword's exact crafting methods are entirely u..
$189.99
This Tanto sword is hand forged and hand sharpened using Japanese methods to create the perfect blade for iaido and kenjutsu use. The blade is heat-treated, tempered, and oil quenched to achieve optimal levels of flexibility and hardness. Finally, the blade is hand polished ..
$129.99
This Tanto sword is hand forged and hand sharpened using Japanese methods to create the perfect blade for iaido and kenjutsu use. The blade is heat-treated, tempered, and oil quenched to achieve optimal levels of flexibility and hardness. Finally, the blade is hand polished ..
$129.99
This high quality tanto shirasaya is made of 1095 high carbon steel, clay tempered with a polished mirror-like surface. It is a very strong blade made with traditional methods, for multiple applications. The blade is repeatedly heat treated and hand forged to remove impurities. The clay te..
$326.99
This is a well-made colorful folded steel tanto, following the traditional Japanese process. The blade is very sharp and folded 13 times resulting in over 8,000 layers. After sharpening, the blade is etched with an oxidation process to give the surface it's black and red color. It comes with a ..
$219.99
This Gyaku-Kobuse tanto is constructed with two different kinds of steel, folded steel (8,192 layers) on the outside, and 1095 high carbon steel making the core and cutting edge. The visible undulating grain pattern on the blade is a result from folding the steel 13 times during forging. The bl..
$560.00
This samurai sword set offers great quality at a reasonable price. Featuring our hand forged and polished 1060 carbon steel blade, designed for optimal balance and handling. This is a more traditional alternative to the many zinc aluminum alloy blades available. Our steel blades have been designed f..
$419.99
The tanto or short sword is a Japanese blade used by the samurai class of feudal Japan. It dates back to the Heian period and was mainly designed for stabbing but can be used for close quarter slashing. Women would sometimes carry a tanto concealed in their sash or obi for self-defense.  ..
$463.99
This is a well-made colorful folded steel sword set, following the traditional Japanese process. The blades are very sharp and folded 13 times resulting in over 8,000 layers. After sharpening, the blade is etched with an oxidation process to give the surface it's black and red color. There are three..
$476.99
This battle ready Jian short sword is made of folded steel, designed to be perfectly balanced for practical Chinese martial arts training. The blade is heat-treated, folded, tempered, and oil quenched to achieve optimal levels of durability and hardness. The blade is folded 13 times creati..
$249.99
This high quality tanto is made of T-10 high speed steel, clay tempered with a polished mirror-like surface. The blade is completely polished with Hazuya which is a very thin Uchigumori stone. The Hazuya is used to bring out the beautiful cloudy hamon (temper line). It is a very strong bla..
$460.00
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