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Hanwei Practical Plus Elite Katana Sword

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  • Blade Length - 28 1/2in.; Handle Length - 11 1/2in.
  • Overall Length - 40 1/2in.; Weight - 2lb 7oz.
  • Point of Balance - 5 1/2in.; Width at Guard - 1.39in.; Width at Tip - 1.03in.
  • Thickness at Guard - .26in.; Thickness at Tip - .16in.
  • Economical cutter; Quality Fittings; Traditional construction
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Product Description

Product Description

The Practical Plus Katana provides a very economical cutting sword as dependable as the Practical Katana (SH6000KPC), but using more traditional fittings and construction methods. The blade is forged and differentially hardened (HRC60 edge, HRC40 back) and the hamon is prominent. The Practical Plus features genuine Same (Rayskin) on the Tsuka, with a tightly-woven cotton wrap (Tsuka-Ito). The long tang is double-pegged for security. The fittings of the Practical Plus are decorated in a Japanese Dogwood motif with dragon menuki, and the handsome Tsuba is of an iron �sunburst� design with a brass habaki. The Practical Plus has been extended to include all of the Performance Series blades; with three cutting styles and three iaito lengths. Our Katana Blades embody the classical design elements of the most prolific sword design in history. With their strong Shinogi Zukuri shape that accentuates the differential heat treatment, these blades are traditionally proportioned to appeal to the collector but they will also perform well in general cutting of hard or soft targets.

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Embodying the classical design elements of the most prolific sword design in history, Hanwei's Practical Plus Elite Katana provides a very economical cutting sword that features more traditional fittings and construction methods. The blade is forged and differentially hardened (HRC60 edge, HRC40 back) and the hamon is prominent. It also offers genuine Same (Rayskin) on the Tsuka, with a tightly-woven cotton wrap (Tsuka-Ito). The fittings are decorated in a Japanese Dogwood motif with dragon menuki, and the handsome Tsuba is of an iron sunburst design with a brass habaki.

With its strong Shinogi Zukuri shape accentuating the differential heat treatment, this blade is traditionally proportioned to appeal to the collector but will also perform well in general cutting of hard or soft targets.

Specifications:

  • Blade length: 28.5 inches
  • Handle length: 11.5 inches
  • Overall length: 40.5 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds, 7 ounces
  • Point of balance: 5.5 inches
  • Width at guard: 1.39 inches
  • Width at tip: 1.03 inches
  • Thickness at guard: 0.26 inches
  • Thickness at tip: 0.16 inches
  • Sori: 0.75 inches


Product Details

  • Item Weight: 4.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0013BL2LQ
  • Item model number: SH6001KPE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,125 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Greg Derose on March 9, 2010
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Ok guys, I have been purchasing Hanwei/Paul Chen swords for many years now, and must say they are excellently built products.

I bought this as a replacement for my 2 old practice swords which were stolen from my house about a year and a half back, which is funny because the thieves stole the 2 cheap 100-200 dollar swords, and left the silk bagged and oiled $1200 ameryu last legend katana layin on my bed not 1 foot away :]

The two swords that were stolen were my practice swords, a Paul Chen Nami Iaito (which is purely a draw strike practice katana), and a very old Paul Chen Practical Katana (from back when they used steel pegs instead of traditional bamboo :])

I was very rough on my old Paul chen practical katana (Paul Chen is the same brand as Hanwei btw) and it withheld my abuse for 6-7 years, so I decided to go with another Paul Chen/Hanwei sword. After a decent amount of research I decided on this sword, the Practical Plus Elite Katana, as amazon had a smoking deal on this otherwise nearly 400 dollar katana.

When i received it it looked brand new in the case, with the original tag certifying it as an original Hanwei katana, looked nice, no large scratches or any damage on the sheath. I wont go into the details of the sword as you can read them online everywhere.

A year and a half later the sword is holding up very well, with some minor scratches along the blade from cutting(which is normal, and why I do not cut with my expensive katana). I use the katana easily every day to every other day for practice. The sheath has started to crack down the sides(my fault, not a defect), which makes the sword fit very loosely and it would probably fall out if held incorrectly.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Idoru69 on December 25, 2009
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For anyone interested in buying an affordable katana, I suggest that you do some homework first. There are several major manufacturers, mostly in China, making swords these days, but quality is going to vary. Check out Bugei for the high end ($1000+) factory-made katana (custom blades by recognized craftsmen can easily cost $10,000). There are videos and articles about traditional sword arts on the site. These guys are serious. Anyway, they work with Paul Chen (Hanwei) on their swords, so the Hanwei people know what they are doing. Even though this is a lower cost sword, it seems to be generally recognized in the martial arts community as a good value and dependable cutter. This sword is heavy, well built, with a nice hamon and good quality hardware. It also comes wrapped in a cloth cover, which is a nice touch, and the date of manufacture is included along with maintenance and adjustment literature. Be careful of some of the $100 specials you may see on e-bay... I am not a practitioner by the way, and bought the sword mainly for display purposes. I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven V. on May 15, 2011
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For anyone looking for an authentic cutting sword, this is a great choice. This is the more refined version of the Hanwei Practical Katana Sword. I did some research and this rated well in many sword enthsiast forums. It comes with a tag from Hanwei that provides a serial number to document that this is a Hanwei sword. The workmanship is so beautiful for a sword of this price that I have not had the heart to cut with it yet. I may just buy another one and keep one for decoration and dedicate the other for cutting practice.

For some reason, the shipping company took some time delivering it (not the shipper's fault; the tracking number proved it was shipped promptly, but mishandled by shipping company). However, it arrived in good condition.
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This is not a laminated steel "Real Samurai Sword", but I knew that when I bought it.
It is a nicely balanced, good feeling edged weapon.
This came out of the box with a nice edge. Some work with some 1200 grit diamond made it razor sharp. Nicely wrapped grip area.
This is a solid feeling blade, that should do fine for the intended purpose (display/functional anti intruder home defense). By buying a katana made for cutting competitions I am confident it won't break if I ever have to put it to the test. If nothing else, just the sheer intimidation factor should work to my advantage if I ever need to use it.
I feel this is a good value for the money.
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