Wenge Wood Tanto
Product Description for Wenge Wood Tanto
Maker: Lonnie Hansen (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 842
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 12.25 in.
Total length: 17.88 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.30 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.25 in.
Item weight: 28.80 oz.
Blade: Clay coat heat treated, modified 1086 carbon steel
Handle: Ray skin with pure silk wrap and sterling silver and copper fittings, some gold plated
Sheath: Wenge wood and water buffalo horn
Style: Japanese Tanto
Description: Lonnie used a traditional Japanese clay heat treatment on this blade. Visually, this creates a hamon which is the hallmark of this style of blade. Technically, it produces a very hard edge that sharpens well and maintains the sharpened edge while allowing the spine of the blade to be especially resilent. Lonnie cast the Habaki and Seppas out of copper. The Tsuba is sterling silver and was made by D.R. Langenbacker. Fred Lohman made the Fuchi Kashira and Menuki of sterling silver and then gold plated them. The Shitodome is sterling silver and was also produced by Fred Lohman. Lonnie's work has a spectacular quality of harmony that is prized among collectors.
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