History of Tanto Blades

Tanto Blades

Tanto BladesTanto blades
; what are they and where did they come from? I thought I would share a little history on this specialized blade. It may be true or it may not. This is legend and lore that I am sure has some smatterings of the truth.

During the ancient Chinese dynasties, swords would be broken in battle. Swords were an expensive commodity, they required precious resources and took a lot of effort to produce. After battles it became custom for warriors to take these broken parts of their swords and forge them into custom knives and short swords. This is how tanto blades were born.

Tanto Blade with knuckle grip

 The tanto knives have a designed that gives them both strength and a sharp point. The tanto can out perform the sheepsfoot and the drop point end in a fight and on the battlefield. Cutting surface area is sacrificed to gain tip strength. The tanto point is thin enough to puncture and stab with the thickness to withstand the toughest use. The tanto point is hollow ground with a spine that narrows down to a very thin cutting edge.

Sharpening can be a little difficult due to it's shape. With some practice and care it can be done. There are two angles to sharpening this blade. The long straight cutting edge needs a different angle than the smaller part of the blade that curves up. The junction of these two angles is where you have to be careful. If you use the straight cutting edge angle on the upward curve angle you will ruin the edge on the upward curve. Be cautious. If you don't feel confident you can always find a professional to sharpen it for you. Hardware stores and knife shows are good place to look for the professionals.

Related Posts

Posted by ES Team on 26 November, 2014 history, knife reviews | 0 comments
Previous post Next Post


Leave a comment

Stay in touch

Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you. Call us at 1-256-486-3493 or send us a quick note from our contact us page and we'll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Latest posts

  • Weekly Knife Giveaway - Claim your Entry

    We're giving away a knife every week through the end of April. Enter today and then bookmark this page to make it easy to claim your additional entries every week.  Read more →

  • Survival with Bandanas

    When I am out in the wild for more than a day I always think about survival. I only want to carry a certain amount of weight. When you are walking around in the wilderness weight is important. You only... Read more →