Shinken Classic Katana
Shinken means "real sword" in Japanese. These are the Classic
shinken katana from Hanwei Forge that started it all.
Hand forged from the Paul Chen Hanwei Forge. The PK is the no-frills
katana for those on a budget. It makes a good project blade for those who
want to learn how to sharpen katana or make/wrap handles. We only
recommend use of the PK in our dojo if the tsuka has been replaced with a removable
version. This allows periodic inspection of the nakago (tang) under the
habaki (blade collar) to detect metal fatigue and corrosion.
The Practical Plus Katana provides a very economical cutting
sword as dependable as the Practical Katana (SH1070), but using more traditional
fittings and construction methods. The blade is forged and differentially
tempered (HRC60 edge, HRC40 back) and the hamon is prominent. The Practical Plus
features genuine Same (Rayskin) on the Tsuka, with a wrap (Tsuka-Ito) specially
developed for its gripping qualities. 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.
In 1876, the Samurai were banned from carrying their swords.
This attempt to end a thousand year tradition was not received well by the proud
warrior class and the "stick katana" was born. Innocuous walking canes now
concealed the revered blades, but the katana lived on. The Bamboo Stick Katana
combines an artfully carved bamboo scabbard and handle with a blade (nagasa)
that is constructed of hand-forged 1065 high-carbon steel and is differentially
tempered using a traditional claying method. The edge hardness and resilient
blade body produced by this technique embody the true secret of the Samurai
The Great wave katana is stylized with the renowned Tomoe motif.
The tsuba, fuchi, & kashira are made of black iron and marked with the Tomoe
crest (mon). The blades are hand-forged from T10 high-carbon steel and are
differentially tempered using traditional claying methods. The temper line (hamon)
is evident and prominent. Each piece has a deeply lacquered black saya with a
one-piece brass habaki construction. Real ray skin (same) is used on the tsuka,
and the tsuka-ito and sageo are made of premium woven Japanese black cotton. The
katana is constructed with a large o-kissaki and are ideal for cutting exercises
It has been said that in simplicity lies great beauty, an axiom
stunningly validated by the Golden Oriole Katana. The story told by the stunning
tsuba is of a mantis stealthily stalking the cricket, unaware that he is himself
being stalked by the Golden Oriole. The deeply lacquered blue of the saya is
repeated in the Japanese cotton tsuka-ito, and the Oriole appears again on the
kashira. Unmistakably Hanwei quality, the 14" tsuka of the katana gives a superb
balance to the sword, allowing it to move very quickly and very freely. Supplied
with a protective cloth bag and traditional maintenance kit.
This cutting katana from CAS/Hanwei is designed specifically for
the martial artist that needs a sword for the demands of rigorous tameshigiri.
The Wind & Thunder features a heavier and thicker blade with traditional
furniture and fittings. The Wind & Thunder is fitted with the black iron Raiden
tsuba and Tomoe motif fuchi and kashira. The handle is wrapped in genuine same
(ray skin) and the tsuka-ito is premium Japanese black cotton. The saya is done
in a traditional black laquer and the sageo is also black cotton. This sword is
an excellent choice for those intereseted in batto-jutsu.
Bushido, or "Way of the Warrior", defines the code of conduct
an honorable Samurai must follow. Much more than the western
ideal of chivalry Bushido is a way of life; in both ancient and
modern times. The koshirae of the Bushido set features various
samurai battle scenes. The blades of eash are hand-forged and
folded from K120C powder steel. The saya are deeply lacquered in
gold with inlaid brass cherry blossom (sakura) flowers. High
quality ray skin (same) is used on the tsuka of the katana and
wakizashi, while the tsuka of the tanto is a gold-plated brass
with decoration in relief. The tsuba of the katana and wakizashi
is of blackened and bronzed iron, with detailing in gold and
silver and a battle scene decoration. The tsuka-ito on the
katana and wakizashi and the sageo on all three pieces are woven
from premium Japanese cotton. The fuchi and kashira are of
blackened bronze with brass detailing, and the kojiri, koiguchi
and kurikata are of polished buffalo horn. The habaki is a
one-piece brass construction. The katana and wakizashi blades
are un-grooved, while the tanto blade is grooved (bo-hi) on both
sides. The katana and wakizashi have medium-length (chu) kissaki.