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Ronin tanto - A new design

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by BenR.T., Aug 7, 2015.

  1. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator

    Apr 18, 2011
    Hey friends! A while back I sat down and wanted to design a new Tanto model. My previous versions have had a straighter profile with a gentler curve to the tip.
    With this one I was inspired by the tanto master himself Mr. Bob Lum. I am by no means comparing my work to his, but just giving credit where it is due.
    The Blade is Hand rubbed CPM 3V. It has a nice distal taper in the front 1/2" of the blade and is .290" at the guard. The balance point is right on the ricasso. It feels very quick in hand. The guard is Titanium with a multi anodized/textured finish and the spacer and menuki are hammered copper.

    I made a nice little copper belt stud for the Bison front, hand stitched sheath.
    (Pretty happy with these pictures too!) ;)

    This one will be going with me to the Gathering in Vegas at the beginning of next month.

    Any and all comments and critiques are welcome. Thanks for looking!






  2. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
  3. Ben Seward

    Ben Seward Full-time Bladesmith/Part-time Idiot

    Jun 28, 2012
    That's a beauty, Ben. Really like it!:thumbup:
  4. boshi74


    Sep 18, 2013
    great knife!
  5. JMJones


    Jul 14, 2010
  6. Omega Leather Works

    Omega Leather Works

    Jun 13, 2007
    Beautiful! I love the spine fuller.

    May I ask how the copper stud is fastened to the leather? I've been wanting to make custom studs for special projects for some time. My current studs are two piece with a screw down back. If there's a reasonable (in terms of time) way to make these it would help set the hardware apart from over the counter stuff.

    Again, gorgeous work. It looks really usable.
  7. Tad Lynch

    Tad Lynch

    Nov 14, 2006
    I really like it. The taper twd the business end of the blade appeals to me, the whole package is sweet.

  8. AVigil

    AVigil Adam Vigil knifemaker working the grind Platinum Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    I always like that name for a Tanto :)

    Beautiful blade !
  9. Bob Leedy

    Bob Leedy

    Oct 12, 2008
    Very nice!
  10. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    VERY funny, Adam! lol!!!
  11. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Interesting and well done
  12. rwdata

    rwdata Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2011
    Beautiful! What a great piece of art.
  13. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator

    Apr 18, 2011
    Thanks man!

    The stud is drilled and tapped from the back. I then attach it with a screw. Pretty simple.
    Here are some pics of me making it. If you want to see more of the build, check out my Instagram feed.

  14. vilePossum


    Jan 14, 2015
    now this is an awesome tanto design i actually really like. great work, and loving the details.
  15. Matthew Gregory

    Matthew Gregory Chief Executive in charge of Entertainment

    Jan 12, 2005
    Totally love this design, man.
  16. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    You do such an outstanding job on your style of Tanto....so clean. :cool:
  17. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    Everything is there in a perfect package Ben. Love it. Really liking that blade profile. May I ask what the blade length is? Mike
  18. jdspaw


    May 21, 2013
    Damn. That is another beauty. Such a cool mixture of traditional and modern.
  19. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator

    Apr 18, 2011
    Thanks so much guys.

    Thanks Mike. OAL is 14.5" with a 9" blade. I use the same length proportions on most of my tantos.

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