Jōkyū Tanto Damascus Dagger

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In 1221, the Japanese Emperor Go-Toba tried to overthrow the Hōjō clan, regents of the Kamakura shogunate. One important officer revealed his loyalty to the shogunate, and was killed. Shortly after the Imperial Court declared Hōjō Yoshitoki, who was the representative of the shogunate, to be an outlaw.

Hōjō Yoshitoki decided to launch an offensive against the Emperor’s forces in Kyoto. Yoshitoki’s forces faced meager opposition. Yoshitoki's cavalry pushed through, scattering the Imperial forces, and pressed on to the capital. The capital was taken by the Shogun's forces, and Go-Toba's tyranny was put to an end. Go-Toba was banished to the Oki Islands, from where he never returned.

This battle is often referred to as the Jōkyū Rebellion and is a fitting name for this tanto style damascus dagger. While shorter than a traditional tanto dagger used by the samurai, this modern twist makes it more practical for everyday use in our day and age. Handcrafted of 256 layers of damascus steel, this dagger has a story all its own. Even the walnut handle and stylized pins represent the craftsmanship of a bygone era.

Pugio Damascus Dagger Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 9”
  • Handle Length: 4.5”
  • Blade Length: 4.5”
  • Blade Material: Damascus Steel 1095/15n20
  • Blade thickness: 4mm
  • Damascus pattern: Twist
  • Number of layers: 256
  • Grind: Secondary bevel
  • Handle Material: Black Micarta
  • Includes a hand stitched full grain leather sheath with belt loop

Please note: Each knife is handmade from natural materials, there will be some variation in color, Damascus pattern and overall look. The knife you receive will have the same attention to quality and detail as the one pictured but may differ slightly in appearance.

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