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Tanto(短刀)

Japanese swords under the blade length of 30cm (11.6 inches) are generally called TANTO. It was originally used as a supplemental weapon for Samurai on horseback, who used a pole weapon or long sword in the Kamaura-Muromachi period. Samurai aimed at an unprotected area of his enemy’s armor while having to fight with close distance. TANTO was named accordingly, depending on how you carry it, such as HUTOKORO-GATANA (懐刀; Stomach-Sword) or KOSHI-GATANA(腰刀; Waist-Sword) or else wise.

TANTO is also a gift for a bride from her family in a traditional Japanese wedding, as it is believed that TANTO would be sacred protection from evil power. Now, all the antique Japanese swords are regarded as pieces of artwork and are allowed to export overseas unless they are national treasures. So many people are enthusiastic about Japanese swords worldwide. Please check our collection below.

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  • $7,629.95

    SIGNED: Tenryuji Masataka(front)/ March in the first year of Genji era(1864) Included: NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon certificate, Shirasaya case, traditional sword carrying case, Sword maintenance kit, full exportation support Category Wakizashi ( SHIN SHIN TO) Age Genji Era(1864) : Late Edo period Swordsmith Tenryuji Masataka(天龍寺正隆) Certificate NBTHK Tokubetsu Hozon Certificate Location Settsu province(today’s Osaka prefecture) Blade Size Length:30.5 cm( 12.0 inches) , Curvature: 0.4 cm( 0.16 inches) We use high resolution images. You can enlarge all the photos to see the detail of the blade and sword mountings.

  • $3,719.60

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Included: NTHK Kanteisho certificate, Shirasaya Case, Sword maintenance kit, traditional sword carrying case, Full exportation support Category  Tanto(Shin-Shin-To) Age Bunka era(文化):Late Edo period(1804-1818 A.D.) Swordsmith Hamabe Toshinori(Unsigned) 浜部寿格 Certificate NTHK Kanteisho Certificate Location Inshu Province (today’s Tottori prefecture) Blade Size  Length:21.0 cm(8.3 inches)/Curvature:0.1 cm(0.04 inches) We use high resolution images. You can enlarge all the photos to see the detail of the blade and sword mountings.

  • $2,670.48

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Included: NTHK Kanteisho certificate, Shirasaya Case, Sword maintenance kit, traditional sword carrying case, Full exportation support Category  Tanto(KO-TO) Age Tensho era(天正):Azuchi Momoyama period(1573-1593 A.D.) Swordsmith Noshu Seki Kanetsune(Unsigned) 濃州関兼常 Certificate NTHK Kanteisho Certificate Location Mino Province (today’s Gifu prefecture) Blade Size Length: 28.6 cm(11.3 inches)/Curvature:0.2 cm(0.07 inches) We use high resolution images. You can enlarge all the photos to see the detail of the blade and sword mountings.

  • $4,101.10

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide SIGNED: Yamamoto Tada-Aki Included: NBTHK Hozon certificate, Shirasaya Case, Sword maintenance kit, traditional sword carrying case, Full exportation support Category  Tanto(SHIN-SHIN TO) Age The late Edo period(Keio Era: 1865-1868) Swordsmith Yamamoto Tada-Aki Certificate NBTHK Hozon Certificate Location Inaba(Today’s Tottori pefecture) Blade Size  Length:27.8 cm/Curvature:0.3 cm We use high resolution images. You can enlarge all the photos to see the detail of the blade and sword mountings.

  • $4,053.41

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide SIGNED: Unju Nobukazu Included: NBTHK certificate, Sword maintenance kit, traditional sword carrying case, Full exportation support Category  Tanto Age The late Edo period(The third year of KEIO era: 1867 A.D.) Swordsmith Unju Nobukazu Certificate NBTHK Hozon Certificate Location Kyoto Blade Size  Length:28.0 cm(11.0 inches)/Curvature:0.1 cm(0.04 inches) We use high resolution images. You can enlarge all the photos to see the detail of the blade and sword mountings.

  • $0.00

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide SIGNED: Kaneshige Included: NBTHK certificate, Sword maintenance kit, traditional sword carrying case, Full exportation support Category  Tanto Age The early Edo period(1661-1673 A.D.) Swordsmith Izuminokami Kaneshige Certificate NBTHK Hozon Certificate Location Musashi(today’s Tokyo) Blade Size  Length:21.0 cm/Curvature:0 cm

  • $3,051.98

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide SIGNED: Bizenkoku Jyu Osa Sukesada(front)/ The second year in Eiroku period, August(back) Included: Sword maintenance kit, traditional sword carrying case, full exportation support Category  Tanto Age Eiroku Period (1559 A.D.) Swordsmith Bizen Osafune Sukesada(備前長船祐定) Certificate NBTHK Hozon Certificate Location Bizen (Today’s Okayama Pref.) Blade Size  Length:21.8 cm(8.6 inches)/Curvature:0 cm(0 inch) We use high resolution images. You can enlarge all the photos to see the detail of the blade and sword mountings.

  • $0.00

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Signed: Kanesada Included: NTHK Kanteisho certificate, traditional sword carrying case, Sword maintenance kit, full exportation support Category Tanto Age Tensho era(天正) : Muromachi-Azuchi-Momoyama Period Swordsmith Noushu Shiimzu Jyu Izuminokami KANESADA(濃州清水住和泉守兼定) Certificate NTHK Kanteisho certificate Location Mino(Today’s Gifu Pref) Blade Size Length:27.8cm(10.9 inches)/Curvature:0.1 cm(0.04 inches) We use high resolution images. You can enlarge all the photos to see the detail of the blade and sword mountings.

  • $0.00

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide SIGNED: Yoshimitsu Included: NTHK Kanteisho certificate, Shirasaya case, traditional sword carrying case, Sword maintenance kit, full exportation support Category Tanto(KO-TO) Age Dai-Ei era(大永): Muromachi Period(1521-1528 A.D.) Swordsmith Tosa Yoshimitsu Certificate NTHK Kanteisho certificate Location Tosa(Kouchi Pref.) Blade Size Length: 21.2 cm(8.34 inches) ,Curvature: 0 cm(0 inch) We use high resolution images. You can enlarge all the photos to see the detail of the blade and sword mountings.

  • $0.00

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide SIGNED: Masakuni Included: NBTHK&NTHK certificate, Shirasaya case, traditional sword carrying case, Sword maintenance kit, full exportation support Category Tanto(SHIN-SHIN TO) Age KAN-SEI era(寛政): Late Edo period (1789-1801 AD) Swordsmith Doutanuki Masakuni(同田貫正国) Certificate NBTHK Hozon Certificate&NTHK Kanteisho certificate Location HIGO(Kumamoto Pref.) Blade Size Length: 20.0 cm(7.9 inches) ,Curvature: 0 cm(0 inch) We use high resolution images. You can enlarge all the photos to see the detail of the blade and sword mountings.

  • $0.00

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Signed: Kiyonaga Included: NTHK certificate, , Sword maintenance kit, full exportation support Category Tanto Age Tensho Period(1573-1593 A.D.) Swordsmith Namidaira Kiyonaga Certificate NTHK certificate Location Satsuma(Today’s Kagoshima) Blade Size Length:24.5 cm/Curvature:0.0 cm