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These are the new practical series of shinken katana from Hanwei Forge that will redefine the cutting sword.  Shinken means "real sword" in Japanese.  These are the same swords we use in our dojo for tameshigiri (test cutting).  We offer CAS Hanwei swords from Hanwei forge.  Paul Chen katana have really improved, and are poised to redefine the affordable sword in the martial arts world.  After testing several of the new models of CAS Hanwei swords at a taikai (sword tournament) - We were so impressed that we decided to form Nihonzashi LLC.  These are by far the best cutting swords available in a reasonable price range.  We am happy to have found a reasonably priced high quality sword designed for tameshigiri (test cutting).  The classic series all feature lion-dog (shishi) menuki.  And the new practicals feature a three flower menuki.

Practical Katana (実刀)
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The Practical Katanas have always been at the forefront of providing economical yet functional swords to the martial arts community. Now with the blade geometries and profiles of the performance series and the affordability of the Practical fittings, competition-standard cutting is within the reach of the tightest budget.

Practical Elite 

Practical Plus Katana (実加刀)
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The Practical Plus Katana provides a very economical cutting sword as dependable as the Practical Katana, 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 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.

Practical Plus Elite 

Practical Pro Elite Katana (実職刀)  Get Item Details Get Item Price

The Practical Pro Elite Katana has an extended tsuka compared to the rest of the series. The blade is forged in high-carbon steel and is differentially tempered using a traditional claying method. The Practical Pro Elite has a fine polish compared to others in the practical series. The rayskin-covered tsuka is wrapped with black cotton and is double-pegged for safety. The saya is finished in a deep black lacquer with a black Japanese cotton sageo. The fittings (koshirae) are finished in antiqued black iron. The katana features a round Kuruma tsuba, which represents the "Wheel of Dharma," symbolizing the Buddhist concept of the Noble Eightfold Path.

Practical Pro Elite Katana 

Practical Katana Classic (実刀)  Get Item Details Get Item Price

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 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.

Practical Plus Katana Classic (実加刀)  Get Item Details Get Item Price

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.

Practical Plus Classic 

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The Practical Pro Katana is built as an economical cutting sword for heavy targets, with an extended tsuka and a thicker and longer blade. The blades are constructed from hand-forged, high-carbon steel and are differentially hardened using a traditional claying method. The Practical Pro has a fine polish to it compared to others in the series. The tsuka is wrapped with synthetic black leather for its gripping characteristics and is double-pegged for safety. The saya is done in a deep black lacquer with a black cotton sageo. The katana is stylized with a round Kuruma tsuba, which represents the "Wheel of Dharma," symbolizing the Buddhist concept of the Noble Eightfold Path.

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