American interest in the tanto design arguably stems from the popularity of Japanese martial arts in the U.S., which was propelled largely by GI’s who became familiar with the disciplines during and after World War II. CAS Hanwei is offering a series of popular, functional, “tactical” blades—derived from Japanese patterns but incorporating modern materials and design concepts. The Tactical Tanto’s overall length is just under 16.75 inches, about 11.5 of which is high-carbon steel blade. The weapon comes with a fiberglass scabbard and paracord, making it compatible to carry on all kinds of modern gear, while maintaining the spirit of blade craftsmanship from which it is derived. To learn more, check out the latest issue of Tactical Knives—available digitally and on newsstands starting May 21. To subscribe, visit

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