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A Japanese knife or small sword, they are forged generally in hira-zukuri, meaning that they have no ridge-line, unlike the shinogi-zukuri shape of a katana. They were generally very thin and therefore would cut soft targets extremely well.
It is also the shortest of three similar swords, the wakizashi and the katana
my tanto was made to stab you

by wakizashimaster August 27, 2006

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A tanto is very similar to a katana. It is shorter, about 6"-12" (15-30 cm) and very thin. It was designed for stabbing, but could be used to slash.
When Musashi lost his katana in battle, he pulled out his tanto.
by Slavakion June 24, 2004

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Word when a Mexican teenager looks like hes 30.
Look at that tanto his mustache is huge.

Chris is a tanto.

"Hola tanto"

"Your son is a tanto, thats rad."
by Charlie (tanto) May 17, 2007

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When you team up with a bro to double team a broad and the balls rub together creating friction and sparking a small fire, needing only marshmallows and smores
Hey did you hear jimmy and steve tanto that bitch last night? they burnt down the whole apartment complex
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Urban/Gangsta nickname for someone from the streets
"Hey Tanto! Wuts good wit chu?
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A person of Indian descent . Not Native American, The India Subcontinent
Originates from the epic Film "Who's Harry Crumb?" starring the legendary John Franklin Candy.
He Tanto! That's a nice elephant you got there.
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