Let me preclude this by stating that my knowledge of knives is limited to the reading I have done online in the past few months.
Anyway, I have been looking for a folder to carry on a daily basis and I will probably get some basic self defense instruction soon after my purchase. However, I'm still puzzled by the Tanto blade. Besides the visual awe factor that it creates compared to a normal blade, what is its function? Also, by the name and its presence among Japanese swords, I would guess its origin is Japanese!? Any practical advantages it holds over a normal blade when it comes to personal defense?
"The great German poet, Goethe, who also lived through a crisis of freedom, said to his generation: 'What you have inherited from your fathers, earn over again for yourselves or it will not be yours'. We inherited freedom. We seem unaware that freedom has to be remade and re-earned in each generation of man."
--Adlai Stevenson, "Politics and Morality", Saturday Review, February 7, 1959.