Absolutely love the craftsmanship with this custom piece. Swords of Northshire was wonderful to communicate with. Always very timely and extremely accommodating. Listened to every detail I was looking for, and did their best to make my dream (and the recipient of this sword's dream) come true. I would and will definitely be back again to re-order another in the future.
- Cassy L
The sword is forged and assembled very well, very fast shipping, great service and courteous. Anyone who wants to buy a sword, this is the place!
- Simone
Impressed by their professional approach. They were quick to respond to my questions and give offers of assistance. The custom made Katana was a true beauty and I am very satisfied with every aspect of my dealings with them. I can highly recommend Swords of Northshire to anyone seeking a finely crafted excellent quality sword for a very reasonable price.
- Colin M
Our son was absolutely speechless when he unwrapped the sword. He loves it. We needed a rush build and the sword came on time. It looks very elegant-well made with handsome parts. Also, customer service was very helpful. Thank you very much.
I am extremely satisfied with Swords of Northshire. Aside from my custom katana being absolutely beautiful and well made, their customer service is outstanding. They accommodated me at every step. My second custom katana is in the mail now! Can't recommend them enough, and will certainly be doing more business in the future.
- Matt K
The quality in craftsmanship of the sword I had custom made is impeccable. The materials are beautiful. The staff were always available when needed and very informative.
- Paul S



Japanese Tanto Blades

The Japanese tanto blade has a very unique shape that was designed to pierce armor during battle. The spine curves upward with a tip that rises dramatically to complete the swell of the blade. This shape makes it ideal for stabbing but not as useful for slicing. Since it was used by samurai in feudal Japan, the shinobi tanto dagger has been reinvented for modern use by American soldiers. At Swords of Northshire, we focus on the traditional look and feel of the Japanese tanto knife that operates as a companion for your other samurai blades.

Style of our Tanto Swords

While Japanese tanto blades are typically a type of short sword that measures in at about 12 inches, we offer curved shirasaya tantos as well as straight tanto knives to meet your personal aesthetic. If you wear a long shirasaya blade, you’ll want your shinobi tanto to mimic the simplicity of the style, as they are meant to be worn together. Prefer a traditional katana? Get a fully mounted tanto.

Since we specialize in Japanese and Chinese weaponry, our tanto blades also showcase traditional Asian themes with wooden handles, dragon details, and ito wrappings. These knives are hand forged with damascus or high carbon steel to ensure a strong, flexible blade. They are available individually or in a traditional samurai sword set.

You can also customize some of your aesthetic preferences including:

  • Sharpening Preferences
  • Saya Color
  • Sageo Color
  • Rayskin Wrap Color
  • Ito Color
  • Engraving Style

Shop with Swords of Northshire

Whether you buy your Japanese tanto knife for use as a tactical utility blade or you wear it as a set with your other samurai blades, Swords of Northshire brings you fully functional, battle-ready options. Check out our selection, and choose the Japanese tanto knife that’s right for you. If you’re looking for a longer sword to complement your tanto, try our ninja swords and samurai swords.


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This Tanto sword is hand forged and hand sharpened using Japanese methods to create the perfect blad..
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This high quality tanto shirasaya is made of 1095 high carbon steel, clay tempered with a polished m..
This Tanto sword is hand forged and hand sharpened using Japanese methods to create the perfect blad..
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This is a well-made colorful folded steel tanto, following the traditional Japanese process. The bla..
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This Gyaku-Kobuse tanto is constructed with two different kinds of steel, folded steel (8,192 layers..
This high quality tanto is made of T-10 high speed steel, clay tempered with a polished mirror-like ..
This high quality tanto is made of high carbon 1095 steel, clay tempered with a traditional polish u..