Like the smaller blades traditionally carried by the samurai, this tanto short sword features a hand-forged carbon steel blade. The 9 1/2" 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 with red cording houses the blade.