Red Oak Tanto

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  • Red Oak Tanto is a safer way to train than with a ‘live’ blade. This is a very traditional wooden training knife and a must have for many Japanese Martial Arts


Length 29cm
Blade Length 18cm
Handle Length 11cm
Tsuba Width N/A
Handle Width 4cm
Material Wood
Colour Red

Product details

  • One of the true traditional training wepaons for Japanese martial arts
  • Mimics a real knife but much safer and less injuries
  • Made from hard wood red oak and is 28cm long
  • Used by Ju Jitsu, Ninjutsu, Karate, Kenjitsu, and many more
  • A must have for many training kit bags


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Red Oak Tanto Description

Wooden Red Oak Tanto are a must for many Japanese Martial Arts. Used for solo form practice, partner work, pressure testing and practicing techniques they are an essential addition to most people training kit bag.  The most use however will be when practicing street style knife defences. Picked up by many traditional Japanese Martial Arts as well as modern Self defence systems. 


They mimic a ‘real’ knife so you can practice knife defences and forms in relative safety while maintaining a traditional feel. Long ago, the Japanese discovered that constantly training with sharp weapons wasn’t always a good idea. Hence the wooden red oak tanto was born, along with the bokken and shoto. This means you can still get hit and realise that it's a good idea to not get in the way of the knife but without getting stabbed, cut or dead. Whereas, Bo Staff and Jo Staff became weapons in their own right, wooden swords including the red oak tanto have always been reserved for practice.  

Made from Red Oak which is extremely tough and hard wearing and measuring 28cm, which tends to be the standard length for Tanto and self defence training knives these days.


Advice from the shop on your Red Oak Tanto

“I am speaking from experience, these aren't completely safety free. They are, of course, considerably better than a sharp knife or blade., but when one of these clonks you on the head or gets jabbed into your eye, it hurts. A lot. Be careful when being attacked and be a good attacker for your training partner.”

Doug Swift – Owner of Enso Martial Arts Shop


Sizing of your of Red Oak Tanto

Here are the dimensions of this Red Oak tanto:  

  • Total Length = 28cm or 11.5”

If you have any questions about the Red oak Tanto you want to buy feel free to contact us at our shop to discuss it, call (0117) 9425832 or email [email protected]


Shipping your Red Oak Tanto

We have a few different options for posting your items at Enso Martial Arts Shop. Prices vary depending on the overall order, weight, size etc. The checkout page will automatically workout the possible options for you. 
We can send your item(s) in the following ways:
Courier Tracked - Order before 1pm, we can pack and post the same day to be with you the next working day, this is not a weekend service. It is fully tracked and we will send you the tracking number when we process your order.
Hermes - In our experience an extremely slow service, we cannot guarantee it will arrive. It isn't an option on the website for good reason, so if you want this pitiful service and your parcel thrown into a random hedge near your house, if you're lucky, just to save about £2 then simply call us on 0117 942 5832 and we can process your order over the phone. 
UPS Worldwide - For anywhere outside the UK, we can post the same day but delivery times are dependent on the destination. Approximate delivery times are as follows: 
  • Europe: 2-3 working days
  • USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand: 3-4 working days
  • All other destinations: 4-7 working days.



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