Functional Tanto

Dating back to the Heian period of feudal Japan, the tanto served as a companion blade for samurai, often worn alongside a tachi or in place of a wakizashi. Tanto were used primarily for stabbing, though they also could also function as slashing weapons. While commoners typically did not wear tanto, women occasionally would carry a small version called a kaiken in their obi as a self-defense weapon. At Buying a Sword, we carry an excellent selection of functional tanto that make great oriental blades for cutting, training, and display. Crafted from high carbon steel, these battle ready tanto possess handsome appearances as well as high functionality, showing off lacquered scabbards and ornate fittings that make each piece incredibly eye-catching. Browse our collection of functional Japanese tanto to see the array of high quality blades we have to offer.
Bushido Tanto
SH1212
Bushido, or Way of the Warrior, defines the code of conduct an honorable Samurai must follow. Much more than the western ideal of chivalry Bushido is a way of life. The koshirae of our Bushido set features various samurai battle scenes.
Price: $700.00
Practical Plus Tanto
SH2259
The Practical Plus Tanto (SH2259) matches our Practical Plus Katana (SH2073) and Wakizashi (SH2118). The blade is hand-forged high-carbon steel and differentially hardened using a traditional claying method with a medium (chu) kissaki.
Price: $265.00
Great Wave Tanto
SH5022
The furniture of each piece in the Great Wave Set displays the renowned Tomoe motif used frequently for family crests and shrine decoration. The tsuba, fuchi, and kashira are made of blackened iron and feature the Tomoe crest (mon).
Price: $525.00
Warrior Tanto
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The Warrior Series swords are very handsome and share the same steel, heat treatment, and sharpness as their more expensive Imperial counterparts. Like the Imperial swords, they have same, cord wrapped handles, and quality fittings.
Price: $399.99
On Sale For: $320.00
Dragonfly Tanto
07-88DT
The classic Japanese battle sword in all its incarnations has been celebrated for centuries, not only for its elegant lines and simple beauty, but also for the technique and skill that went into its construction.
Price: $549.99
On Sale For: $440.00
Imperial Tanto
07-88T
Our factory has used only traditional materials for our Japanese swords fittings. The Tsuba (guard), Fuchi (collar), and Kashira (pommel), are expertly made to give the Imperial Katana the finest look possible.
Price: $529.99
On Sale For: $424.00
Modern Black Tanto
ZS-926837
The potential of the Japanese sword has always been high, and now, this Modern Black Tanto brings a bit of urbanized style to the table. This sword echoes the sleek design of the wakizashi and tanto, in an effective modern blade.
Price: $16.50
On Sale For: $14.85
Tori Tanto
SH6007KFT
Samurai carried tanto blades during feudal Japan. The Tori Tanto is built with a K120C powdered-steel forged and folded blade with the handle wrapped in the highest quality ray skin. This tanto makes a great addition to any collection.
Price: $700.00
Honshu Full Tang Tactical Tanto
UC3032
Take your last stand with the Honshu Full Tang Tactical Tanto, which is a stunning modern take on a traditional design. This tanto is a great option for those who want to have a backup knife that is styled in the old ways.
Price: $204.00
Golden Warrior Samurai Tanto
ED2143
Made famous in feudal era Japan, tantos feature short blades with a sharpened edge which excels in thrusting strikes. The Golden Warrior Samurai Tanto is functional designed and stays true to this historic style.
Price: $99.75
Zombie Slayer Tanto
MC-ZB-120GN
In close combat with a flesh eating zombie, you need a knife that will give you an advantage over your ruthless foe. The Zombie Slayer Tanto is a must have weapon to bring the art of ancient Japanese fighting into the apocalypse.
Price: $36.00
Practical Tanto Knife
SH2254
Though the tanto has made its way into modern tactical knives, its origins began in the Heian period of feudal Japan. This Practical Tanto Knife is an eye catching short blade sword, ideal to be worn by an honorable samurai.
Price: $150.00
Zombie Skull Tanto
MC-ZB-120GS
Originally, the tanto knife was used by the Japanese for indoor close combat. In your hands, the Zombie Skull Tanto will transform you into a zombie killing machine as you test its abilities on the unfortunate undead in your path.
Price: $38.00
Raptor Tanto
SH2423
No collection of oriental weapons is complete without the classic Japanese knife, the tanto. Created to match the katanas and wakizashi in our Raptor line, this Raptor Tanto makes a great cutting tool and display weapon by itself, too!
Price: $275.00
Black Dragon Damascus Tanto
MC-RY-3045
Collectors of Japanese blades will find few examples of quality craftsmanship better than the Black Dragon Damascus Tanto. This functional tanto is crafted from high carbon Damascus steel with a fuller and real ray skin handle.
Price: $80.00
Brass Menuki Samurai Tanto
MC-RY-3205S
Offering a modern spin on the traditional Japanese blade, the Brass Menuki Samurai Tanto makes an excellent collectible weapon to add to your collection. This functional oriental dagger possesses a striking appearance.
Price: $48.00
Purple Cord Damascus Oriental Tanto
MC-RY-3204B
A traditional Japanese blade design, the tanto was originally made as a stabbing, slashing, and armor-piercing weapon. The Purple Cord Damascus Oriental Tanto makes a great option for anyone wanting a top notch blade.
Price: $72.00
Red Scabbard Damascus Oriental Tanto
MC-RY-3204R
A traditional Japanese blade design, the tanto was originally made as a stabbing, slashing, and armor-piercing weapon. The Red Scabbard Damascus Oriental Tanto makes a great option for anyone wanting a top notch blade.
Price: $72.00
Red Dragon Damascus Tanto
MC-RY-3046
Collectors of Japanese blades will find few examples of quality craftsmanship better than the Red Dragon Damascus Tanto. This functional tanto is crafted from high carbon Damascus steel with a fuller and real ray skin handle.
Price: $80.00
Elegant Samurai Tanto
MC-DB-T02
Having completed the assigned tasks, the student stands before the tribunal. He finds peace within while they deliberate. Soon the weaponsmaster approaches, offering the Elegant Samurai Tanto as confirmation of his new status.
Price: $48.00
Maple Leaf Tanto
MC-DB-T07
Gazing into a polished silver mirror, the lady adjusts the folds of her robes. Satisfied with her reflection, she accepts the Maple Leaf Tanto from her attendant, sliding the scabbard into the sash so it is unobtrusive until needed.
Price: $48.00
Imperial Tanto
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Situated within the folds of his obi sash, the emperor displays his beloved knife, the Imperial Tanto. Adorned in gold and the royal insignia, this incredible piece displays his honor and authority in stunning detail and design.
Price: $999.00