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#1 GrozaB

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 01:07 AM

Here is very strange tanto or nata knife I picked up some time ago on eBay. I think it is probably Showa period. It has very strange blade with "bottle opener" and very nice horimoto. I didn't found any Japanese blade like this. Do you have any idea what it can be? Bar knife? "Alcoholic special" - to pop the bottle, cut some chasers? ;)
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#2 Stephen

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 01:16 AM

Bonsai knife

 

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#3 GrozaB

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 02:08 AM

I thought that this bonsai knife(nata). But bonsai knives that I have seen a very different kind and very utilitarian. I have not seen a single blade with bottle opener or mounted as tanto... :-?


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#4 Stephen

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 02:12 AM

i wouldn't be sure its a bottle opener, wire cutter/branch, maybe someone who knows for sure will come along


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#5 GrozaB

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 02:23 AM

Indeed it is. It is unsharpened inside and looks like the blade was made this way from the start, not the later alternation. The size is just perfect for common bottles...


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#6 Stephen

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 02:27 AM

If thats what u want it to be then it is...lol

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#7 GrozaB

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 02:36 AM

I just can't figure out any other use for it :)


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#8 Guido Schiller

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 02:13 PM

A nata 鉈 is a Japanese garden hatchet with a heavy, thick, chisel edged blade – you don't want to go anywhere near a bonsai with it. Except if the bonsai refuses to be one, gets into self-realization, and grows taller than you. Then you need a nata to teach it a lesson (if spanking doesn't work, that is).


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#9 Guido Schiller

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 02:28 PM

I like that knife, btw, and could envision myself openening Asahi Dry bottels with it and then cutting my kamaboko 蒲鉾 (which goes great with beer!).



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Posted 09 February 2016 - 02:47 PM

garden bonsai, splinting wood i guess


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#11 Dr Fox

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 04:03 PM

As issued to alcoholic kamikaze? With ana for neck cord!. :beer:


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#12 Fuuten

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 04:23 PM

Last week i saw a short video on youtube about Japanese (kitchen) knifes, i specifically remember seeing a kitchen knife (modern) in the same shape, it wasn't discussed extensively though, they showed hundreds:) None of the kitchen knifes had a tang like yours though.


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#13 GrozaB

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Posted 09 February 2016 - 05:33 PM

Yap. All Japanese utility knives I saw(kitchen, work etc) very utilitarian. And this is made like classical Nihonto. .

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 07:53 AM

Looks to me like somebody remade an old blade into something a thirsty G.I. would need on his day off...
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Posted 11 February 2016 - 10:20 PM

Oysters and beer opener.... :Drool:


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