Tanto 101: Quick Facts

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In mod­ern times, the tanto has re-emerged as a type of point or tip uti­lized in many tac­ti­cal style knives for aes­thet­ics and stab­bing strength. Tanto, which loosely trans­lates to “short blade,” dates back to the Heian Pe­riod of feu­dal Ja­pan. The tanto’s pri­mary func­tion was for stab­bing, and the tip was de­signed for punc­tur­ing ar­mor, but there were many dif­fer­ent types of tanto that were used for dif­fer­ent func­tions. The Sa­mu­rai, who were con­sid­ered the aris­to­crats of the time, pri­mar­ily car­ried the tanto.

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Top: The Whisper's liner lock is well cen­tered and the left scale has a sub­tle cutout to as­sist in ac­cess­ing the lock.

Bot­tom: The Whisper's open frame de­sign keeps it from ac­cu­mu­lat­ing dirt and makes it easy to clean.

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