The wider profile of the mountain style tanto is inspired by a kamakura sword and has a more deeply curved tip (fukura-tsuku) and shorter drop point. The simple and humble mounting style is inspired by the age-old style of farming and foresting tools traditionally used in managing satoyama lands.
Satoyama are the managed forest areas that border the cultivated fields and the mountain wilds in Japan. Historically they provided soil nutrients, firewood, edible plants, mushrooms, fish, and game, and supported local industries such as farming, timber construction, and charcoal making. The interaction of forest, arable land, wetlands, and streams are an important component of the satoyama landscape.
The tang is constructed in a similar manner to a Japanese sword requiring only a single bamboo peg to hold the knife assembly together. In addition to the sense of beautiful simplicity, this design allows the knife to be taken apart for cleaning, polishing, or sharpening work.
Materials: reclaimed file steel, copper electrical bracket, Nootka Cypress, Black Walnut, cotton cord, natural urushi lacquer, tea leaves, Bamboo
Forging & Hardening Blade
Forging & Fitting the Guard
Carving the Handle & Scabbard
Lacquering the Handle & Scabbard
Design your own mountain tanto here.
The blade is just under 7.5″ long and the overall length is about 12″. The spine at the munemachi is about 5mm thick.
Nagasa (blade length): 187mm
Motokasane (blade thickness): 5mm
Motohaba (blade width): 29mm
Sori (curve): uchizori
Nakago (tang): 109mm
Tsuka (handle): 112mm
Koshirae (overall): 340mm
Katachi (geometry): hira-zukuri, iori-mune
Hamon (edge pattern): suguha
Boshi (tip pattern): maru
Nakago (tang): futsu, kuri-jiri, one mekugi-ana, signed near the tip
Mei (signature): hot stamped katabami-ken kamon
Koshirae (mounting): satoyama chisagatana style, issaku