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Kanji 短刀
Rōmaji Tantō
Literal English Short sword
Manga Volume #2, Naruto Chapter #12
Anime Naruto Episode #78
Movie Naruto Shippūden 2: Bonds
Game Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie

A tantō is simply a small katana. Several chūnin, medical-nin and shinobi of Konohagakure when going into battle wear them strapped to their lower backs. The version Root uses are double-edged and have no tip, meant only for cutting and defence. They carry the tantō vertically on the back specifically behind the shoulder, Sai is one of the notable ones that uses the tantō, which he carries on his back behind the right shoulder. Sakumo and Kakashi Hatake — after inheriting it — carried a special tantō, known as the White Light Chakra Sabre. Gamabunta also carries one, albeit a gigantic version that fits his size.

During the Era of the Warring States, the Uchiha Clan utilized a throw-able version of the tantō as their standard knives, while the rival Senju Clan used the Kunai. It was apparently abandoned in favor of the kunai after the founding of Konoha.

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