John Lee John Lee Shirasaya O-Tanto

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John Lee John Lee Shirasaya O-Tanto

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Shirasaya is a special sword composition that was mainly used in time of peace. The undyed Magnolia wooden scabbard and grip optimally protect the blade from acid and other damages. Many Shirasaya were provided with a Sayagaki, an inscription that provided information on the smith, origin and classification.

In the 19th century the wearing of samurai swords became prohibited by the Japanese emperor. The wooden grip of the Shirasaya makes the sword resemble a staff, stick or bokken. This way it could keep being worn in the Japanese streets.

This tanto has a Shinogi-Zukuri style blade with Hohlkehle (Bo-Hi). It is made of 1045 carbon steel with a hardness of 55 HRC. The blade is razor sharp and is finished with Hamon. The grip is fastened with two bamboo stifts (Mekugi) to the tang (Bohrung). The grip can easily be replaced.

This tanto is 49 cm long with a 30 cm blade and a 17 cm grip. It weighs 450 grams.





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This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.

We do not sell this product to customers under the age of 18. Click here for more information on the European arms acts.


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