SAMURAI SWORD 48 - TANTO
This is a Japanese Samurai tanto knife. The tanto was the smallest blade used for fighting purposes. This example
is encased in a wooden container. Japanese characters are written on the scabbard. the handle has a single hole
where the pin that secures the blade is found.
The blade dates back to the turn of the century (1900),
The blade is beautifully engraved with a dragon. The image is executed by striking single lines one at a time.
It takes a great deal of skill to do this.
The other side of the blade has additional characters near the tip. Two parallel lines have also been carved.
Their length covers 3/4 of the blade. The edge does not have a hammon.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for Samurai swords.
Multiple detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point
out clearly defined points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my Samurai Sword worth?".
A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the swords is
reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of the edge weapons in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The tang is nicely signed with seven characters. The hole was drilled near the center of the tang. Angled file
markings are easily seen.
This Samurai Sword may be currently reproduced.
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
If you have an interest is seeing other Japanese Samurai swords, you can do so by going to our
Japanese Samurai Swords Price Guide
identification guide. Where we cover Samurai swords from all periods.