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Do you like tanto blades?

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by TheEdge01, Aug 9, 2019.

Do you like tanto blades?

  1. I like them.

    69 vote(s)
  2. I don’t like them.

    32 vote(s)
  1. JupiterPaladin

    JupiterPaladin Gold Member Gold Member

    May 4, 2016
    Tantos are pretty useful for some things, not optimal for everything. Just get one in a powerful steel and you'll be set ;)
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  2. Wowbagger

    Wowbagger Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    I can't argue with that !
    They do look sweet with that kind of Japanese vibe.

    hahaha true, so true
    I'd forgotten.
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  3. Wowbagger

    Wowbagger Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 20, 2015
  4. rctic


    Nov 22, 2015
    I really like the look of the Emerson cqc 7 but I don't actually like using it. I have a ZT 620 that I really like after I removed the second tip and made it into a knife with belly.
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  5. bflying

    bflying Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2014
    My first tanto, was also my first modern knife, and my first assisted opener, and my first Kershaw. Any guesses? After that, I sort of went on a small tanto kick. Though still found the lack of a little bit of belly left me wanting....at least in my normal day-to-day life.

    But, find myself really drawn to a solid Spanto.

    Answer to above.....da Blur.
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  6. Wowbagger

    Wowbagger Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    Here he is. An old photo.
    hoooooooo . . . combo edge. No wonder I don't carry it.
    I might like a high quality knife with this pivot though.
  7. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    I love tantos; both traditional and Americanized.

    If you like wharncliffes and kiridashi, you should really like an Americanized tanto.

    I actually finished one up today.

  8. Hologram

    Hologram Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 3, 2019
    No like tanto.
  9. Legendary_Jarl


    Feb 8, 2010
    I used to simply because I fell for the whole Cold Steel super strong tip propaganda in my early twenties. After a few years I found myself going back to what I really like aesthetically which are double edge and spear points for collection items and simple drop points for functional blades.
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  10. omaha-beenglockin


    Oct 22, 2005
    Don't like them---although they do look cool

    Have a Mini Grip tanto----most useless knife I own.

    Most everything I carry is a drop point.
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  11. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    Very nice!!!!
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  12. DB_Cruiser

    DB_Cruiser Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 17, 2018
    I like them with the caveat being that I prefer the traditional curved shape as opposed to the boxier modern version. Fixed blade makes more sense to me than a folder in this style.
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  13. Kaibab270

    Kaibab270 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 20, 2019
    I've owned 1 tanto blade and it's long gone. I didnt see any practical use for my needs to justify any downsides it has.
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  14. 353


    Feb 20, 2015
    No, just no.
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  15. Houlahound


    Aug 2, 2017
    I'm going to buy a fixed blade one just because.

    Not the type of thing I would collect tho.
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  16. onekerf

    onekerf Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Me like 'em. Just picked up a Boker Plus Urban Trapper in the tanto flavor. Love it's light weight.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2019
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  17. TheEdge01


    Apr 3, 2015
    Drop point blades are actually my favorite blade style.
  18. Win Heger

    Win Heger Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2000
    I have quite a few of this style in my collection, Hartsfield, Fikes, Knight, Tendick, Mason and Serge. They range from large pry bars to small Kiridashi. I don't carry any, last one I carried was an Emerson CQC6 back in the mid-90s.
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  19. Frontiersteve


    Jun 8, 2017
    I quite like the modern tanto .
    Only have a few in my collection .
    One is my work knife for the past ten years and another is the knife i plan on replacing my work knife with.
    I'm in the fire service and my work knife with ,wait for it , a part serrated blade has been perfect for the kind of cutting work i do in the service . Its future replacement is also part serrated , i know not everyones cup of tea but definately has its benefits in certain situations .
    My other tanto is a cold steel gi tanto i bought because it was priced so low i couldn't resist picking it up as a beater.
    The modern tanto is not my favourite blade shape but they do have their place .
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  20. Win Heger

    Win Heger Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2000

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