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    Username Post: They look cool but what is the purpose of the blade design?Thx.        (Topic#229609)
    02-14-03 12:28.08 - Post#229609    

    They look cool but what is the purpose of the blade design?


    Master Member KnifeNut!
    02-14-03 12:43.15 - Post#229613    

        In response to bjavo

    thick all the way to the tip to penatrate steel body armor
    Journeyman KnifeNut!
    02-14-03 13:24.39 - Post#229635    

        In response to bjavo

    Here you go man . The tanto was adopted in an interesting way. I am not going to be a historian but this is the truth i speak. Back in the day of the dynasties in China ,warriors would periodically break the top of there swords in combat or training. They would take the piece and fashion it into a knife hence the first tantos where born. They obviously have changed the original style of the tanto to a more aggresive "pointy" shape. If you are into originality ,any tanto that is shaped like a katana sword is old style. Every time i see a tanto i think of the history of the blade. Amazingly it stayed in the main stream as long as it did and THanK God. The purpose is tactical based. But i find tantos Very usefull utility knife because of its point. The point cuts in to things well and makes a perfect box cutter lol.
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    02-14-03 13:37.53 - Post#229638    

        In response to zr24x4er

    In reply to:

    thick all the way to the tip to penatrate steel body armor

    I keep hearing that one. The tanto, I believe, was a knive to help a Samurai cut himself out of his armour in an emergency. The squared point was pretty rare, I think...possibly popular for a short period in history.
    I can't see how it would penetrate any better than the much more common rounded point. The shape used on modern, novelty tantos is an American fantasy and a marketing ploy.
    IMO, of course.
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    Gerald McDonald
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    02-14-03 14:56.43 - Post#229653    

        In response to LordChunkyFat

    Thats the same story I heard.
    Master Member KnifeNut!
    02-14-03 17:38.55 - Post#229679    

        In response to bjavo

    One martial arts explanation
    Yet other possible uses of the Tanto
    But here is a great site on various types of Traditional Japanese Tantos

    IMHO, the Tanto probably first came about as utility knives fashioned from broken swords and other such ancient and long lost martial arts weapons. And as usual anything sharp and pointy could serve as a weapon as well. In time I suppose, they were specifically made in the order of its required length and shape once the proper techniques of its uses evolved.

    Just my 2 cents worth.

    Krizzard, out

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    02-14-03 22:11.10 - Post#229718    

        In response to bjavo

    the tanto-design excels in STRENGTH. both the tip itself and piercing-power of the blade. if you ever break a tip of a tanto-pointed knife, you either bought a real cheap knife or you are way overpowered (buy an axe or something.......;-))

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    02-15-03 05:23.59 - Post#229792    

        In response to dennis75

    I use a knife with the "modern tanto tip" for my everyday carry. I feel it is a better choice for a "utility knife". For me, this type is like having two blades in one. The main edge being one and the small edge that angles up to the point being the second. This front edge comes in handy when you don't have the room for a pull or draw cut. If I'm working in a tight space or only need a small cut made I use the front edge for a pushdown type cut or a short draw cut. It also serves for a perfect chisel-type cut when you need a square opening cut into wood or whatever. just my 2 cents.
    Journeyman KnifeNut!
    02-15-03 09:51.30 - Post#229860    

        In response to papadops

    I would have thought that a tanto would have been a back up piece for a samurai engaged in combat and would have been used to penetrate the soft spots in a target, such as between armor plates or under armpits and inside elbows, where one could find and sever arteries and such. Would have worked well in a locked close in combat.

    I have seen tests where even the traditional rounded tanto point was proven to penetrate tough materials with less resistance than a clip or spear point and they also said that the wounds would have been more severe and life threatening due to the penetration of a larger cross section of blade. More like the sucking chest wound of a gunshot, less likely to close up and clot.

    But I guess it is all subjective now adays, there is not much real history on the subject.

    Gerald McDonald
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    02-15-03 11:12.24 - Post#229888    

        In response to bjavo

    Not trying to start a ruckus but, the purpose of the current tanto is to sell knives. Dont know what else it really excels at

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