What is a Rat Tail tang?


It’s a hidden tang that usually runs the full length of the handle but is considerably more narrow than a full tang. Seen as a whole, it’s deemed “rat-tail” because the blade of the knife resembles the body of a rat while the small and narrow tang resembles the tail of the rat. Designed more for decorative knives and swords, the rat-tail tang is not meant for hard use and as such is not recommended when making your own knife.

See this image for different tang types.

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