Charlton damascus tanto knife with forged blade, exotic ebony wood handle and scabbard. Rare 1980th limited edition issue with only 200 made; SN 004. Unused and still in an original presentation case with papers.
Rare 1980th US-made damascus steel Tanto knife made by Charlton Ltd. in Edenton, North Carolina. These were some of the first Japanese Tanto style knives offered in the US; the entire issue was limited to just 200 hand-crafted and serialized knives. This tanto was one of the first blades made and it bares the low serial 004 – struck on ricasso. According to the enclosed letter, these tantos were “forged to shape”, rather than stone-ground – aka “the stock removal”. Also inclosed is a small HAND FORGED TO SHAPE DAMASCUS STEEL pamphlet explaining the process as well as providing care instructions for the high-carbon blade.
This rare tanto is unused; the edge is razor-sharp; the tip is intact. The knife is about 9-1/8″ / 23.2 cm overall; the blade is about 4-3/4″ / 12 cm; solid full-tang construction. The handle and custom-fit scabbard are made of exotic black ebony wood; all parts are tight with zero play. The high-carbon steel will hold an excellent edge but it will rust easily; while in storage this blade must be kept oiled to prevent corrosion. Some minor surface rust on the bolsters is noted for accuracy (cleanable). The original presentation case is in great overall condition nut has a thin rust line where the blade was from the long-term storage.
This limited edition cased Charlton damascus tanto knife is part of a small collection of vintage daggers I’ve recently purchased. You can check out the other daggers from this collection by clicking on the following tab: daggers. Also, I have a small but very interesting collection of various edged WW1 and WW2 era weapons available for sale. Don’t forget to check out our Militaria section for other WW1 and WW2 era combat knives, including German WW1 era trench knives, vintage USAF WW2 Pilot Knives and a couple of rare WW2 “OSS Drop” knives we offer for sale.
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