Tanto aikuchi

2018 year
Materials: steel, copper, linden, beech, lacquer.
Techniques: forging, locksmithing, hardening, polishing, wood carving, patina, wood painting
total length 44 cm.
blade length 29.5 cm.
blade width at the guard is 30 mm. blade thickness at the guard is 6 mm. the blade is curved and tapers evenly towards the point.

The tanto sword was used by samurai as an auxiliary weapon to finish off a wounded enemy.

Along with wakizashi and katana, tanto is considered a sword, only of a different length, up to 30 cm. The first tanto appeared in the Heian era (794-1185). Towards the end of the 12th century and later, masters turn the tanto into a work of art.

Aikuchi (Japanese 合口 lit. “fitted mouth”) is a type of tanto, characterized by the absence of tsuba (guard).