Wooden tantто

In this article, you will learn how to make aWooden tanto (jap. 短刀 literal translation - "short sword" - samurai dagger). Wooden tanto is mainly used for trainers in various martial arts, and can also be a gift (decorated with carvings, for example) or an element of the interior.

Help:Tanto has a one-sided, sometimes mutual blade with a length of 25 to 40 cm. If the length of the blade is longer, then this is a short wakizashi sword. Tanto is made of sponge iron (tamahanane) and has a characteristic jamon, a removable handle attached to the shank with a manuka bamboo stud and a removable round guard - tsuba. Tanto are usually forged in the style of hira-zukuri, that is, flat, without a stiffener, although there are also specimens with stiffeners - morocha-zukuri, mutual. Some tanto, who had a thick triangular blade, called aeroidosi and were designed to pierce armor in melee.

Materials and tools:

  1. oak block size 260x35x16cm;
  2. knife (wood chisel), hacksaw;
  3. file, sandpaper (different from large to small);
  4. pencil, marker;
  5. stain and linseed oil.

Step 1

For the manufacture of tanto take an oak bar and a sketch of the future of tanto.

Tanto will be 26 cm long, the handle - 10 cm. In order to properly maintain proportions in the manufacture should follow the sketch.

Let's transfer the sketch to the bar. To display the characteristic bend of the tanto, divide the length of the bar in half. In the center, measure 1/7   width from the edge (in this case 5mm) and connect this point with the corners. We measure 10 cm along this line - this will be the length of the handle. The rest of the (future blade) to divide across in half and the point of intersection will connect with the beginning of the handle, this is the main bend of the tanto.

On the handle at a distance of 1/4 from the edges we mark a rounding line. The blade is divided along the line of the beginning of the descents. The upper part is divided in half - it will be the descent of the false blades.

Step 2

Let's proceed to the processing of the bar - adhering to the sketch, remove all unnecessary. Along the line separating the bar on the handle and the blade, we will make cuts on both sides to the thickness of the blade - this will protect the handle from chipping when removing wood with a knife.Now remove the main layer of wood with a knife.

Step 3

We perform the rough processing of the file and the final sandpaper from large to fine so that the surface becomes smooth.

Step 4

To give a more beautiful look, we will put a pattern on the handle or, as is customary in tanto, make the handle winding. We put the pattern on the handle with a pencil (marker) and slightly deepen (cut) the pattern along the pattern.

Step 5

After the application of the pattern, we emphasize it with the stain. Omit for a day in flax oil, treated in such a way the wood is protected from moisture and other negative influences. It is necessary to dry the oil soaked in tanto in the sun - under the action of the oil of the ultraviolet, creating protection.

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