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.

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

    56 vote(s)
  1. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    This one is really growing on me, the secondary point just dives through tape when opening boxes:)

    Last edited: Aug 10, 2019
  2. JJ_Colt45

    JJ_Colt45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 11, 2014
    I only own one a CRK ... many tantos don't appeal to me by their appearance but they can be useful for somethings ... kind of like wharncliffes ... I like some of them and for certain uses ... but only own a couple ... until you get into slip joints and then I like a secondary blade to be a wharncliffe or sheepsfoot (with the flat cutting edge) ...

    in general I prefer a drop point or spearpoint style blade for most uses ... and the sheepsfoot with rounded belly like the Insingo style ...
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  3. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Wow! That's a real looker.

    You did not show me that when we got together.

    How have things been?
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  4. gazz98

    gazz98 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    I voted don't like. I had one or two tantos back in the day but I currently own none. I don't like the looks and I just prefer a straight, drop, or wharncliff/sheeps foot.
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  5. WValtakis

    WValtakis Hand Engraving, Anodizing and Embellishment Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 29, 2004
    Been good, how about you?:D Picked up this Diskin Revolution at Blade Show a few weeks after we got together, otherwise I definitely would have shown it off;)
  6. IUKE12


    Nov 25, 2005
    I have no problem with a tanto blade or anyone who chooses to use one. Personally, they are not for me as I have no good use for one. I can't think of a better tool for ventilating car hoods though.
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  7. Alsharif

    Alsharif Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 8, 2018
    There are only two tanto folders that I like, the Brian Nadeau Evo Typhoon and the Liong Mah Lanny. Almost pulled the trigger on the Lanny multiple times and own the Evo Typhoon
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  8. mt666tm


    Nov 20, 2012
    I love tantos. That is all.
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  9. WillB


    Feb 3, 2007
    In my meager collection, most are tantos.
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  10. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    I don't like or dislike them.
    I suppose for their intended purpose (as I umderstand it) they are good.
    However, I have no training in the martial arts or knife fighting, so I have no need of a tanto blade.
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  11. tgtodd


    Dec 19, 2015
    I like my M4 583

    This one is growing on me!
    Osoraku Zuukuri Tanto
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  12. atdegs

    atdegs Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Jul 17, 2019
    Never cared for them, mostly aesthetically.
  13. Timothy 75

    Timothy 75

    Aug 11, 2011
    A lot of people have said they dont need a tanto? I always figured it was just another option like clip point or wharcliff, is there something Im missing? Are there tasks that work best with a tanto? Prying maybe?
  14. DocJD


    Jan 29, 2016
    :) I blame Lynn Thompson ! :p And his Americanized Tanto knives .

    Very cool and sexy exotic stuff for me way back when they first came out . Still have that Master Tanto , and Recon Tanto etc . That got me started .

    Kinda hooked into all those Japanese Samurai classic movies I had seen .

    A short katana/ samurai sword thingy ! Very exciting . :eek:

    I eventually got my fill , but still love 'em . :cool::thumbsup::thumbsup:

    Probably not the best practical utility blade pattern , but more useful than might some think . ;)
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  15. PiercedBill

    PiercedBill Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 15, 2014
    I have several of both styles, and enjoy them all. :thumbsup:
  16. Owen K.

    Owen K. Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 9, 2016
    It depends.
  17. Two Bears CA

    Two Bears CA

    Nov 21, 2019
    I have a Cold Steel Master Tanto in San Mai that I have carried for years and it is one of my favorite knives.
  18. marchone

    marchone Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    I have found no practical use in my daily routines for a tanto blade. Give me a drop point, or even a spear point, any day of the week.
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  19. Korean Hog

    Korean Hog Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2017
    I don't like to have one as my main EDC very often anymore, but I definitely like having one around.
    An Emerson CQC 7 rides in my tool belt for use as a beater and scraper to the point that I use it till it's so dull and chipped
    that it's seems more sensible to sharpen on my belt grinder instead of by hand.
    My main EDC is a wharncliffe and my wire skinning knife is a serrated hawkbill. Those do most of the actually slicing and cutting.
    I like american style tanto blades for beating on. I don't mean to denigrate the tanto shape, it's just that to me, durability is where the geometry shines.
  20. Glenn Goodlett

    Glenn Goodlett Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 6, 2016
    I like them.

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