For the creation of this dagger five Japanese sword masters used traditional techniques. Ito ‘Sensei’ has forged the blade of this Tantò from iron powder, while Izumi 'Sensei’ has created the golden HABAKI and METSUKE and engraved a Dragon HARAMI-RYU and BONJI on the blade.
Ikeda 'Sensei’, the polisher, has sharpened the Tanto’s blade using traditional techniques and creating the typical delicate gradation of the Japanese sword (HAMON). Iiyama 'Sensei’ has created the handle for the Tanto from shark’s skin (Same -Kawa), while Oyama 'Sensei’ has finished with traditional lacquer techniques (URUSHI) the cover for the Tantò.
The dagger is part of the “Izumi Project”. “The project celebrates the Japanese Wa (harmony) inspiring principle,“ says Franco Gussalli Beretta, Vice President and Managing Director of Fabbrica D'Armi Pietro Beretta S.p.A. and Executive Vice President of Beretta USA. "This one-of-a-kind set, hand made over five years by artisans on two continents, is an homage to beauty, to craftsmanship, to passion, and to the pursuit of perfection, which drives Beretta Premium Guns philosophy.”