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.