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Cold Steel 88DT Dragonfly Series O Tanto Sword 15" Carbon Steel Blade

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Part Number: CS88DT
Manufacturer: Cold Steel Knives
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CS88DT: Dragonfly Series: O Tanto - 21" Overall
Cold Steel®

The classic Japanese battle sword in all its incarnations has been celebrated for centuries, not only for its elegant lines and simple beauty, but also for the technique and skill that went into its construction.

Most swords offered today are interpretive copies of antiquities from feudal Japan. They were made for warrior’s of small stature who seldom rose above five and a half feet. As skillfully designed as these swords are, they may not be perfectly suited for the twenty first century warrior, who benefited from contemporary advances in childhood nutrition and healthcare and grew up to be a substantially taller, stronger, and more athletic version of his historical counterpart.

As a way of compensating for this size disparity, Cold Steel has created the Dragonfly Series. These swords feature thicker, wider and heavier blades, which mirror our Imperial Series in respect to heat treatment, polish, quality of furnishings, and attention to detail, but with a few departures.

Most noticeable are the distinctive teal-green silk cord-wrap and black samé (ray skin) used on the handles and the black iron furniture that bears the dragonfly motif. Also, the polished blades are more strongly curved than our Imperial blades and terminate in a long “iris leaf” point for maximum cutting and slashing potential. Additionally, these swords come with two protective bags. There is a BLUE TRAVEL BAG and an intricately decorative display bag that’s made from the finest heavy silk metallic brocade.

  • Blade: 15" 1055 Carbon Steel Blade
  • Overall: 21"
  • Thick: 5/16"
  • Weight: 20.6 oz.
  • Scabbard: Black Lacquered Wood
Nylon Sheath
Nylon Sheath
Durable, flexible, abrasion and mildew resistant, and high strength.
1055 Carbon Steel
1055 Carbon Steel
An extremely tough steel with high carbon content and a hardness between 60-64RC, 1055 is best suited for high-impact and high-stress applications.
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Dr. Mark A. L Ph.D.
Plattsburgh, New York
Sep 03, 2015
Pros: Materials, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Overall Quality, Usable
Cons: None
Far Better Than I Expected; top shelf quality, and crafsmanship.
The packaging, and shipping were perfect in every respect. When I pulled the 15" Dragonfly Sword out,I was blown away. It is a wonderful, and delightfully made sword. Everything about this piece speaks of the highest quality for your hard earned dollars. I am retired, and on a very fixed income. BE YE CAREFUL! This is an EXTREMELY SHARP BLADE right out of the box. I put her through the paces, and I am an experienced self defense artist, jujitsu mainly, but I hold a high level of skill with edged instruments. The bags are lovely, and especially the silk bag. The scabbard is very nice and suited perfectly. The detail on the handle is beyond reproach. This would make an over the top gift. The balance is absolutely perfect. I would use this for battle any day. Honestly, it is built like the proverbial tank, and for the money, unbeatable. I highly recommend this item. Knife Center provided IMMEDIATE shipping!
5 out of 5
Aug 26, 2015
Pros: Materials, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Overall Quality, Usable
Cons: None
Great Tanto
Awesome sword! Beefier and slightly bigger and heavier than a regular Tanto, but love it. Razor sharp.
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