Custom Tanto Blade with Two Sheaths! "Wakizashi

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 16, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

Up for auction is a Defibaugh Custom tanto-style fixed blade Wakizashi with Custom-fitted Kydex Sheath and Handmade Custom-fitted High quality leather Sheath as well. Let's start with the blade itself...A tanto-styled stainless steel blade, partially serrated, with a very sharp edge on it. It's important to note that even though Defibaugh Custom now forges their own blades, this is an early model and is a commercial blade. This knife will hold an edge as well, I have often cut through pine or maple boughs and then afterwards shaved hair off of my arm with it. The knife is known as a Wakizashi, as the Samurai of Japan would traditionally carry not only a Katana, but a shorter sword as well, known as a Wakizashi. The length of this knife made it only fitting to be known as a short sword, as the knife is 13" tip to tail, with a 6 3/4" blade. "Wakizashi" is engraved into one side of the blade, with Japanese characters known as "kanji" engraved into the other. Defibaugh also engraved the traditional "D" near the hilt, I tried to show it in the pictures. The handle itself is a bough cut from a private stand of Pennsylvania Maple, and features a hand-carved herringbone grip pattern, with three slight finger grooves in the underside of the handle.

The custom-fitted Kydex sheath is also made by Defibaugh Custom, and perfectly fitted to this knife. The knife comes out easily (which is not often the case with Kydex sheaths), yet still retains the wonderfully secure "click" which makes Kydex sheaths so appealing. The Kydex sheath features a Tek-Lok fastening system, and mounting holes are drilled along the edge of the sheath, allowing you to carry the knife securely in any position.

Also included in this auction is a handmade custom fitted leather sheath by Defibaugh Custom specifically designed for the carry of this knife. The leather is high quality rawhide, molded with the smooth side outward, and laced with heavy duty leather latigo lace. Two belt loops are also laced onto the sheath, which is a drawback, as you can really only carry the knife at the small of your back (which is why I am including the multi-positional Kydex sheath).

Remember, this knife and both sheaths are used. I wouldn't want you to buy the knife thinking that it was shiny and new. It's in excellent shape and I haven't abused it at all, although I feel as though this knife could take it. Defibaugh made me promise that I would use this knife, and use it I have. It's been especially helpful this year in cutting branches away from my archery stand. My overall review of this knife is that it is excellent in almost every way. The balance and long handle provide for amazing chopping power. The tanto blade provides a point that will go through most anything (Don't go stabbing diamond-plate just to prove me wrong). It looks pretty fashionable too, the way the maple blends with the stainless, and the upswept tip and the downswept butt. As I mentioned before, the blade is solid, On the unfavorable side, I would have to say that the knife is not designed for, and does not do well, any form of skinning or detail work. I'm not selling it because I want to, but because the wife says I have too many and need to thin out the stock. Plus, Defibaugh Custom is supposed to be bringing out a new lineup. :-]The knife is a bushknife, and not meant for detail work, but for getting the job done...which is something it does exceptionally well.

I will ship anyw in the CONUS, but I guess I'm not allowed to ship to foreign powers or nationalities. As for returns, given the nature of the item, I'm going to say that this is not returnable. I've taken good pictures of it (except for the one of the Kydex sheath, haha), and I've given you a pretty good description. After that, you're on your own.