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Old 06-08-2019, 10:48 PM
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My least favorite blade shape. I have a few, not my thing.
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Funny how so many people that don't care for tantos much tend to own "a few" of them

Blade addicts I suppose

The straight Tantos are like a cross between a knife and a crow bar.
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What you seem to be talking about and what is shown in the first several pictures is the American style Tanto which I donít have much use for!

The original Japanese style Tanto is very different and much more useful!

I like many things Cold Steel, but the American style they came up isnít their best idea ever!

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Just remove the secondary point out by rounding and thinning on the stone, it makes for easier sharpening. Take your time grind out the second point. You should be able to sweep the blade from tip to heal.

I love the tanto, I love working the blades on the stone, I love using the blade thinned down polished up. It's an honest knife. Grind a little belly into it, just a little.



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Just got my fake Cold Steel Kobun from China today for $15. Got to get the chinese stuff before the tariffs take hold
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I don't like tanto blades at all. I really don't see what purpose they serve and they make sharpening more of a challenge than it's worth. I have a couple of tantos in my collection of 300 (approx.) knives but I won't buy another and I don't use them at all.
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I don't like tanto blades at all. I really don't see what purpose they serve and they make sharpening more of a challenge than it's worth. I have a couple of tantos in my collection of 300 (approx.) knives but I won't buy another and I don't use them at all.
Glad to hear that someone besides me has that many knives! Now I don't feel so guilty.

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Glad to hear that someone besides me has that many knives! Now I don't feel so guilty.

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I have pictures of most of my knives in one of my profile albums on this site. I've added knives since placing these pictures several years ago. Unfortunately, I'm about to sell a big portion of my collection. Need the money for a move I'm about to make.
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I've sold quite a few myself, trying to thin out the herd. Getting to old to keep up with them.

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I've sold quite a few myself, trying to thin out the herd. Getting to old to keep up with them.

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I move a lot and tote them around with me every where I go. They take up two whole drawers and are very heavy. I've come to realize which of my knives are my favorites so I'm keeping them. My fixed blade knives MUST be full tang and have heavy spines (3/16" is good). My folders have to have strong locking mechanisms and have no play at the hinge. I'm also getting rid of all knives made in China. I only want American made and some European brands.
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Tanto for penetration
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Got a tanto tip on my CRKT m16, no issues, but I have never tried doing anything specialized with it.
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One thing I have noticed about Tanto fixed blades, if they have a 4 inch
blade or up to a 18 inch blade, you can find a great blade to weight ratio.
This blade I think would be considered a traditional tanto.


CRKT Hissatsu Fixed Blade Knife with Sheath
Blade Length: 7.125" (180.98 mm)
Steel: 440A
Blade Finish: EDP
Blade Thickness: 0.2" (5.08 mm)
Grind: Flat
Length: 12.250"
Weight: 8.0 oz (226.8g)
Handle: Polypropylene Core w/Textured Rubber Grip
Style: Fixed Blade Knife with Sheath
Sheath Material: Glass-Reinforced Nylon



I like Tantos but wouldn't consider one for bushcraft.
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Just a side note.
While watching a very old WWII movie, Destination Tokyo, I believe. During one scene a Japanese flyer was using a tanto blade.
I thought it interesting that the producers would offer or think about that detail.
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My first (arguably) nice knife was an Explorer tanto, made in Japan as I recall. I liked enough to buy a second at some point. I was mainly into daggers and boot knives at the time, and the Explorer's size and sheath design fell within the boot knife category for me. I then got out of collecting knives for a couple decades, and when my interest was rekindled, I picked up a few with variations on the tanto style. A couple of personal favorites are the SOG Tsumami, Kizlyar Supreme Whisper and KA-BAR Fin. Purely an aesthetic choice for me, though.

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Functionally, I can think of arguments for and against using the tanto blade style depending on the scenario, but most of the knives I carry are part of an EDC rotation that doesn't demand any particular attributes beyond having a sharp edge.
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