Like the smaller blades traditionally carried by the samurai, this tanto short sword features a hand-forged Damascus steel blade with a high carbon content. The 8 1/4" blade has a custom-designed, one-of-a-kind look and feel complete with a heavy blood groove. An elegant brass habaki blade sleeve meets the cast metal alloy tsuba for authentic style. The genuine ray skin handle has cord wrappings and a handsome menuki. A glossy black lacquered scabbard houses the blade.