Tanto – The Japanese Fighting Knife
Tanto – The Japanese Fighting Knife
The tanto — or Japanese self-defense knife — comes in all shapes and sizes. In this video American blade smith Walter Sorrells gives an overview of this blade type while showing several blades he has recently forged.
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I hope my next tanto looks half as good as one of those. Actually I’ll be overjoyed if it doesn’t crack when quenched, which is what happened to the last two…
I’ve been studying tanto a lot recently and while there are lots of different blade styles, but they do seem to mostly have a fairly constant width to length ratio. To my eye at least.
Your knives and swords are beautiful, it inspires me to try and make my own, if I had the money I would purchase one of your works in a heart beat! #goodguywalter
Hey guys i have i question. I want to make a tanto. Ive already made a few knives. I want to make it stock removal. What steel can i best use?
if u dont mind me asking but what is the book at 5:19 ?
often overlooked item the old tanto, great video 😀
I kind of like to carry a smaller version of that on my person if I’m out anywhere on foot, (guns aren’t a common thing here) never had to use it, touch wood, never will, I just feel better having it, kind of a "just in case" thing, which I guess is why they were made to begin with.
So, I guess you’d know a lot more about this than I would, a lot of factory knives call the angled chisel tip a "tanto tip", but was that really a common thing? or did they tend to have the more rounded point you showed?
I guess it could change over time like any other fashion.
Also, given that carrying around something the size of a Bowie knife is likely to get you strange looks in the modern era, how small do you think a blade could be and still be considered a tanto?
What makes a tanto a tanto for that matter?
you are well spoken,,,,thank you.
may i ask,,? i love the japan contemporary style,,, dha,,,or berma type,,,wood handle and reedtype cord , ,,copper,,at handle
i love the feeling of this type,,,,,reason is very light in hand contoured to body and also used two at a time,,
wave pattern stamped , ,,,
i have three but one is perfect in every way for me 6ft 218lbs man
,,,, can you tell me about other type swords,,,or short sword types that are super light and strong?
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Very, very impressive! Thank you very much.
It’s too late now to say "sori"
I will post a picture in my little picture slot of a proper tanto
thank you oniichan
Use chidori on tanto…..🙂🙃🙂🙃
Hey Walter i would really see you make a folding knife their hardly any videos on how to make them .
some1 films near trains 😛
Hey Walter, i was wondering if you could shed some light on the how to/pros and cons to heat treating for a "rainbow" color steal.
Pretty fearsome tantos….saw some commercials where a tanto could go through plywood….even a car door…
I use to think what is this it’s not tanto then I did som self knife education and found out Japanese and amarican tanto this I think is japnese tanto
Fantastic job sir!
Did i hear a train horn at the start of your video as you are showing the blades?
Have you ever tried your hand at a karambit
A tanto does not curve on the edge and a wakasashi is mor comly 13 to 18 inches and at that point is considerd a large dagger or a short shord here in this viseo u se a japanese take on a midwest drop point
Back in the 90s one could buy some pretty good tanto knives…..not cheap if you wanted a nice one….but one day just disappeared of the market never to come back….
you look like doey from Malcolm in the middle. but from the future
Много ненужного пиздежа…
I guess you guys haver really bargain on that recording studio…. WOOO WOOO!
I was sure the train noises at the beginning were on my end, haha. I’ve got a track near where I live and it was strange hearing it at this time of day.
So were these considered the common person fighting knife?
Islandblacksmith makes some even smaller blades in the traditional Japanese fashion. They look like you just cut the tip off of a tanto!
Where is the Seppuku vid?
Please, make a video about how to make a hamon in the traditional way. Thanks.
a point also to be noted is that in the first few hundred years in the battlefield days of japan, the tanto, like daggers in europe were essential to samurai wakizashi on the other hand were not typically carried onto the field, it ewas simply the sword, whether tachi or uchigatana, and tanto.. the dagger was essential for samurai in particular since a lot of combat between armoured fighters very often will turn into a contest of grappling and dagger fighting to pierce the gaps between, and areas not covered by the armour (we also see an almost identical tradition of armoured dagger fighting in the knightly combat manuals in europe
Just cracked my Tanto in the quench my brother-in-law and I made
japanese katana knife have a good advance , as katana was beautiful knife in the world . many man japan army behead 500,000 chinese head in the WW2. it is true , some day beheading 2,000 chinese head cut off in nanking 30 days massacre.
WRONG! WAKIZASHI. Learn your proper terminology goddamn Gaijin. THERE’S NO ADDITIONAL A. Idiot.
Music at the end? Thank you
What is the best configuration for slashing and thrusting?
What would you call a really short blade one meant to be concealed , but smaller then your typical tanto
sir you are a master at your craft they are some truly beautiful blades
The train by his shop always waits for him to start talking lol. Doesn’t diminish the quality of the video’s though.
Pretty good pronunciation. I hate it when people pronounce it as “tan-toe”
Go and look atthe mossy oak tanto youl see a tru tanto
I’m curious how this elegant blade profile became associated with the contemporary mass produced tacticool "tanto" shape (acute point, no transition to straight edge). I personally can’t stand that shape, seems like it was drawn by a twelve year old or to expedite mass production, not for any practical advantage for the user.
How do you make your clay or where do you buy it? Could you maybe do a video of how you make the clay and how you apply it before hardening?
Is there a forum to ask questions? Need help with new to me antique blade.
Shut the fuck up. only make
you’re not only AMAZING at making all kind of knives and small swords, you’re also pretty good at editing, and inform us about good ways to sharpen a knife or just choose the right steel for the project. Thanks for that, man!