Tanto Point Blades

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Advantages of the Tanto
  • Extremely strong point
  • Great for piercing hard materials
Disadvantages of the Tanto
  • No cutting edge ("belly") for slicing
  • Hard to control point

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Sometimes you don't want an all-purpose knife. You want a knife that does one thing and does that one thing really well. If you're looking for a knife that excels at piercing tough materials, then the tanto blade is what you're looking for.

Originally designed for armor piercing, the tanto blade was popularized by Cold Steel and is similar in style to Japanese long and short swords.

The tanto knife has a high point with a flat grind, leading to an extremely strong point that is perfect for stabbing into hard materials. The thick point of the tanto blade contains a lot of metal near the tip, so it is able to absorb the impact from repeated piercing that would cause most other knives to break.

The front edge of the tanto knife meets the back (unsharpened) edge at an angle, rather than a curve. As a result, the tanto blade does not have a belly, which is sacrificed in exchange for a stronger tip. Because it lacks a belly for slicing, it is not useful as a general utility knife. However, it's extremely strong point allows it to be used in tough situations where piercing hard materials is required.

By choosing a tanto point, you will be among the few knife lovers who own a blade that is specifically tailored to piercing tough materials. If the situation arises, expected or unexpected, you'll be ready.