United Cutlery Honshu Tanto Knife & Leather Sheath
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  • Massive, thick, full-tang 440 stainless steel blade is razor sharp
  • Deep blood grove spans entire length of blade
  • Over-molded rubberized grip for supreme control
  • Oversized stainless steel hand guard
  • Includes black leather sheath
  • Measures 16 3/4" overall

An everyday carry this massive Honshu blade is not, but it's a great blade for self-defense or even hog hunting.

Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 4.78 out of 5
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handle resolved Reviewed by parafrog on Nov 14, 2014   4 out of 5

i bought this tanto after reading all the reviews. they complained about the handle. i found the same. weird hilt. and because i am parafrog, i found the answer to the riddle. you do not grasp this thing as if it were a knife--the handle is to long to flip it like most fixed blades--and that is because it was not designed to be held like a knife. this tanto is designed to be held in a fencing grip. how? follow my instructions. put the blade in your grip with your thumb running along atop the handle--the thumb running in a center line through the wrist--with the tip of the the thumb touching the guard. while leaving the thumb in place--wrap the fingers around the handle. you should find your hand in a fencing grip, with the fleshy part of the palm nestling in the curved cut out on the end of the pommel. and that is it. move your thumb as needed. during a thrust, leave it on top to help prevent slippage. during the slash, move the thumb away from the palm, and wrapped more around the handle--to increase wrist flexibility. solved. don't applaud--just send cash. frog.

Very Impressed Reviewed by eric on Nov 09, 2014   5 out of 5

Out of the 4 knives I purchased in this last order, the honshu was the cheapest but one of my favorites. It feels very well made, looks great in stainless, and is much bigger than I thought it would be in person.! It's like a mini sword. The rubber grip feels great too. The sheath is almost worth the price. Well made,thick leather, unlike the sheaths of many cheaper knives I have purchased. I'd buy another if I ever had the need to replace this one.

Buy Buy Buy Reviewed by Charles on May 29, 2014   5 out of 5

The price is great. The blade is well made and has a good balance to it. Also like the grip. It comes very sharp. Nice! Second Honshu knife. Won't be the last.

Buy this knife! Reviewed by Ryan Black on Aug 24, 2013   5 out of 5

For this price you can't go wrong. When I first got this blade I did a few chop and cut test. Pretty sharp right out the box but after a bit of manipulating this thing become deadly. It's more mini sword like than knife like, so it really only has one purpose. To slash and stab things with. BudK has some great promotions and discounts so if you can get this thing with a discount or free shipping its definitely worth it. BudK's customer service is great too, when I ordered mine it was on backorder, but I received it only a week later. Top class!

tlery Honshu Tanto Knife Reviewed by Pat on Jul 22, 2013   5 out of 5

Great for Florida Hog hunting. I like the stainless steel, no rust with all the rain we get you just cant beat it. I have the original that this is the copy of paid $130 for it but it is carbon steel and started to rust after one hunting trip. You just cant go wrong with this. Its not like you need carbon steel for this size, A sword yes, but this is great for Hunting.

this is a great knife!!! Reviewed by Charlie Fox on Jul 17, 2013   5 out of 5

You won't be disapointed with this fine quality knife, it would still be a great value at 3 times the price. This is my second "Honshu" knife, I also own the "Bowie" . I would recomend this to anyone who loves collecting knives, and I'm sure I'm not finished buying "Honshu" knives. Excellent quality!!!!!

Nice Blade Reviewed by John on Apr 19, 2013   4 out of 5

I just got this knife and have to agree with Mitch's 2 points. I read this before buying it and got it anyway when the deals, etc lined up to make it cheaper. I am glad the Honshu line is giving us a lower priced version of a lot of the Cold Steel blades -can't afford CS and unless you are a collector, then why not. The handle does get smaller toward the end and it really does feel like it could slide right out of the hand - nothing a little hockey tape can't fix. I would also like the handle to be a little longer, but that is just me. I did buy it in hopes that it might be a good as a mini sword and it isn't bad for that, but could be a little longer for this and again the handle thing comes into play. I get the sense that if used to thrust deep, the length of the blade in relation to the shortness of the handle would provide torque that could take it right out of your hand. The double edged dagger/fighter is perfect for thrusting and great handle on that one. I got this as a mini sword for slashing in closer quarters - not a CQC blade for really in tight though and knew from the review about the limitations of the handle. Got it for much less with the deals though so ok with it all and would recommend it as long as you know what it is you are getting and are ok with that. Hate most of the Honshu sheaths! If you can only get 1 or 2, then go for the double edged dagger and the Karambit!

Good quality, poor design Reviewed by Mitch on Mar 02, 2013   4 out of 5

The blade is thick and strong, and the handle is sturdy. However, I have two complaints with the shape of this piece. 1) The tapered handle feels like it will fly out of your hand. Especially if you're doing any sort of wrist work where you need to grasp the blade mostly with thumb and forefinger, this handle is shaped just right to wedge its way out of your hand. 2) In my opinion, 17" is a bad length for a knife. I wish I'd learned this on a cheaper blade. It's too short for machete work or to do any real slashing damage in combat, but its length makes it more cumbersome than an 11" blade which could pierce just as well. No complaints with the quality at all, and I would definitely buy more from the Honshu series. But, before you drop $40 on a blade, spend some time really picturing how it will fit and feel in your hand when in use.

Great knife - bought 3!! Reviewed by Joseph Cox on Feb 17, 2013   5 out of 5

This is a great knife. My son also bought this product. It is well made and fits the hand perfectly. The only suggestion I would make to improve this product is to provide a wakisashi and a katana of the same design. I realize stainless steel is not the original metal used in these types of cutlery, but for our day....it works for me. Being a machinist, I can appreciate the quality of material and the design maybe a little better than most.

United cutlery tanto Reviewed by Brandon Garcia on Oct 15, 2012   5 out of 5

I just received this knife a couple days ago and really all I could say was "WOW this knife is huge".to me this is kinda like a small katana in my hands.the blade is sharp and the handle gave my hand a firm and unbreakable grip.

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