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My 14 year old son Joe came home from school with the rendered sketch of a tanto of his own design (click, right). I was so impressed with it that I used it as the guide for a blade for him (he also studies several martial arts, including sword).
This tanto features a Kris Cutlery acid-etched tanto blade with copper tsuba, fuchi and kashira, and hand-cast silver habaki and menuki. The samé is burgundy with white silk ito. The saya is spalted maple. The tanto is 17'' long overall, with a 10 1/2'' blade.