This chapter is a datiled part of chapter of 12| Tanto ( 短刀) Middle Kamakura Period Please read Chapter 12 before reading this section.
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Chapter 12 Kamakura Period Tanto described that the shape of a tanto is called Takenoko-zori had appeared during the middle Kamakura period. This style of tanto curves inward a little at the tip. The drawing below may be a little exaggerated to show the curve. The real Takenoko-zori curve is not so obvious. Maybe a few millimeters inward. Usually, the length of the Tanto is approximately 12 inches or less. Tantos are described as follows; a tanto of approx. 10 inches is called Jyosun tanto (定寸短刀), longer than 10 inches is Sun-nobi tanto (寸延び短刀 ), and less than 10 inches is called Sun-zumari tanto (寸詰短刀).
Sun-nobi Tanto (寸延び) > Jyosun Tanto (定寸) > sun-zumari Tanto (寸詰り)(longer than 10 inches) (approx. 10 inches) (less than 10 inches)
Tanto by Shintogo Kunimitsu (新藤五国光). This style is called Kanmuri -otoshi (冠落し), the Mune side (opposite side of cutting edge) is shaved off. The length is approximately 10 inches. Woodgrain surface, Nie on Ji (refer to 3 |Names of Parts). Very finely forged. Hamon is medium Suguha (straight). Boshi is Ko-maru (small round). Because of the Kanmuri-otoshi style, it may not be easy to see the Takenoko-zori, the mune side bend inward very slightly. Among the tanto producers, Shintogo Kunimitsu is considered the top Tanto Maker.
Above photo is also by Shintogo Kunimitsu (新藤五国光) with Saya. Saya is the scabbard. The handle of the scabbard (white part) is made with sharkskin. Both photos are from Sano Museum Catalog. Permission granted.