Ryujin 1045 Carbon Steel Tanto - Red/BlackRyujin 1045 Carbon Steel Tanto - Red/Black1
Great Value - 1045 monotempered entry level blade. ABS handle.
An amazing deal from Ryujin - this is a monotempered 1045 carbon steel blade mounted in tough, form fitted ABS plastic made to imitate the traditional style of wood and shagreen. The factory sharpened blade is 6" long, measured from the back notch of the solid brass habaki. Includes a small wooden saya with red glossy lacquer and length of black sageo. Don't be fooled by the low price, the combination of the mono tempered 1045 carbon steel blade and hard wearing ABS makes it a sturdy little piece that may surprise you with its durability.
Looks great when combined on a display with a Katana and/or Wakizashi Daisho set and the wire brushed hamon serves as an interesting talking point when explaining to friends and family the difference between a real hamon and an etched one.
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Monotempered T1045 CS with this length of blade is better than a lot of others. Brushed or chemically etched hamon for this price range is acceptable, as is a comfortable ABS textured handle (not a tsuka) and plastic fittings. A real brass coupling (the only other metal in this blade other than the blade) is a nice addition. No idea if the blade is full tang. Length of blade is unusually short (2" or about 5cm) for the allowable length in the sheath (saya?)...or is the scabbard (saya?) too long?! To be sure, the blade and handle are solidly fused, but my collection including four (4) of these in all three combinations, have a rattle and slip out independently when supported upside down; at this price point, I have purchased stainless steel (largely disposable) survivor knives, not my original Forces KBar (obviously), for which this, with a few minor modifications, is a dependable, lightweight "camping" companion. Sharp, yes. For the price if ordered separately?...no. If accompanied as a freebee with the Ryujin DH 1060 semi-custom Katana?...a definite YES for both, a great deal, a recommended superior deal. Too bad SBG and Ryujin don't offer a little gift box for this, in my estimation, a pseudo-Tanto.
As an aside, Dan Mercaida (sic) from History Channel (Forged in Fire) would say, "...eet weel keel...". It arrives sharp, relatively sturdy, a seemingly serious piece of kit (no survival test or functional data available): whittle some wood, trim a steak, chop some celery...peace-out and enjoy!