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Home Products Custom Tanto

Custom Tanto

by Douglas, Robert (Douglas Knives)

SKU 8922

Date Added 05/01/2009

# Available This product is out of stock

Price $395.00

Overview

This custom tanto features a clay-hardened, hand polished blade, etched to reveal the temper line. Copper guard with file work and copper end cap. The handle is traditional cord wrap over rayskin, with a silver dragon menuki on one side. 1/4" blade thickness and 1 3/8" blade depth. Great feel in the hand. Excellent work. Mint condition.

Product Details

Blade Length 7.75

Overall Length 13.25

Additional Specs

About the Maker

Douglas, Robert (Douglas Knives)
Douglas, Robert (Douglas Knives)

I have been serving in the Canadian Forces since 1988. Part of my career was with the Royal Canadian Regiment (Infantry) and the Canadian Airborne Regiment. In the fall of 2000, a friend recommended that I go to ABS Mastersmith Wally Hayes to have a knife made for an upcoming UN mission. After I saw the process of knife making, I wanted to try and make one for myself. I ended up hand-filing a tanto from a scrap piece of 1050 steel Wally had lying around the shop. It took me about a week to shape that blade. After heat treating and finishing the blade, I was hooked! Since then, I have purchased a few tools to expedite my production time, although I still need a file from time to time. My passion is Japanese style blades. To date, I am most pleased with the Tsunami series of wakisashis that I have made for Bladeart.com and the tactical tanto I created for a Canadian Infantry unit. My Musashi tanto is included in the "Blue Lightning" series that was designed for sharperthings.com. I am constantly striving to refine my work with the goal of becoming an ABS Mastersmith. I am incredibly fortunate to have met Wally. Only a privileged few craftsmen ever get to have a mentor with as much knowledge and skill as Wally Hayes.

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