Japanese Edo Period Tanto
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Pre 1900: Item # 1211733
Kawakami 2891-4 Yufuin-cho
Yufu-shi, Oita-ken 879-5102 Japan
Japanese smiths have long been known for their skills in producing high quality swords and knives. Here is such a blade. A great looking tanto (short sword) dating from the Edo period (1615-1868) “traditionally” used to slash or stab in close quarters combat.
The tanto comes with a wooden scabbard, which is probably more recent.
Please let me know if you have some questions.
The blade bears some marks of corrosion but cuts very well.
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