Thursday, February 18, 2010

160 year old Tanto in the post today

What a great day for post today. Shiba of Masakage knives has sent us this Tanto that I purchased on my recent visit to Japan.

The Tanto was most likely constructed as a Talisman for a girl of marrying age to give her strength in birth. It was made at the end of the Edo period, about 160 years ago. The blacksmith is unknown, but it was forged in the city of Fukusima just North of Tokyo.

The steel is in great condition, no mentionable tarnishing and the old folded/Damascus steel looks super cool. The Hamon is crisp and has a nice artistic wave. This is a great example of an 1850's tanto. SUPER SEXY and for only $2966.

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