Although not actually a part of the Samurai’s “daisho”, which are the weapons they carried, the tanto was an additional tool that was also a part of their battle gear. Shaped exactly like the katana and wakizashi, the tanto is, basically, the length of a bowie knife, which means it could be hidden discreetly. BUDK.com has a large selection of tantos to choose from with blades crafted in Damascus steel and stainless steel in traditional and modern designs.
- What makes a tanto sword different from other swords?
A tanto sword looks and is built exactly like a katana. The difference is that it’s about the size of a long knife with an overall length between 14” and 20”.
- What was a tanto sword used for by Samurais?
The Samurai carried the tanto sword as an additional tool in their battle gear. Kind of like a modern soldier’s combat knife.
- Do tanto swords also come with a scabbard like katanas?
Yes, the tanto swords have scabbards to protect their blades that typically complement the handles.