A reclaimed steel blade hand forged in a charcoal fire, water quenched with clay, and sharpened with waterstones. This diy blade is the size and style of the Tools for Satoyama Forest Tanto. Design and order a complete tanto here.
The narrower blade profile of the forest style tanto is based on a classical yoroidoshi tanto and has a takenoko (bamboo shoot) shape with a gradual drop point.
The temper of these high carbon steel blades is left quite hard in order to hold a keen edge. This particular combination of steel and heat treatment is well suited to users who require a good edge and are willing to take care of it.
The blade measurements are around 8″ long with a tang length of about 4″. The spine at the munemachi is usually around 3/16″ to 1/4″ thick. As this is a made-to-order item, there will be some variation, please allow 4-6 weeks depending on the project load at the forge.
Choose unfinished (as-tempered) to set your own geometry or choose from three different levels of finish, hammer texture for character and utility, kaji togi to roughly reveal the hamon, or polished for a smooth classy look. Custom habaki are also available but are not recommended with tsuchime (hammer finish) if you are planning to polish the blade later.
- as tempered – no finishing (hardened edge will need 1-2mm removed)
- tsuchime – hammer texture (as-forged surface shows marks of hammer and fire)
- kaji togi – stone finish (blade is smoothed with files and a coarse stone before hardening)
- togi – polished (blade is smoothed with fine stones after hardening)
Nagasa (blade length): 200-220mm
Motokasane (blade thickness): 5-7mm
Motohaba (blade width): 24-28mm
Sori (curve): uchizori/takenoko
Nakago (tang): 100-110mm, kurijiri, single mekugi-ana
Mei (signature): hot stamped kamon
Potential Materials: reclaimed file steel, reclaimed harrow tooth steel, spring steel