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CAS Hanwei SH1070 Practical Katana Forged Steel 28 1/4" Blade

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Part Number: CISH1070
Manufacturer: CAS Iberia
Retail Price: $350.00
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CISH1070: Practical Katana

The Practical Katana gives the martial artist the opportunity to own and use a Hanwei sword at the cost of an economy sword. The blade is forged and differentially tempered, using the same process as the more expensive blades and producing an HRC60 edge and HRC40 back. The temper line is authentic and prominent. Cost savings are effected by using fittings which, while making no claims to authenticity, are very strongly built to withstand the rigors of cutting exercises in the dojo.
-Forged high-carbon steel blade
-Differential tempering
-Hanwei made

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3.000 (3 reviews)
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Bill M.
southern pennsylvania
Nov 05, 2011
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Materials, Blade Material, Finish
poor blade quality
Though a very attractive sword. The blade itself is quite thin and dull. This item is intended for the beginner collector. But makes hanwei look like a junk sword producer.
5 out of 5
Sep 14, 2009
Pros: Materials, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Just beautifully made! The fit and finish are wonderful. It's great to find a product like this available. Knifecenter is great to deal with.
2 out of 5
Aug 20, 2008
Pros: Materials, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Handle Material, Usable, Blade Material
For Cutting Soft Targets ONLY
First let's get this straight: Paul Chen Japanese Style swords are "practice" swords, NOT weapons. If you want a good edged weapon get a Ka Bar, or a Cold Steel Tanto, or even a Spyderco. This sword is very pretty, and it's even razor sharp. However, it is not going to be of much use to you in a sword fight. A five dollar machete would snap this thin sword in two, or at least take a huge piece out of the edge. The reason that these swords are sharpened is for one purpose: cutting rolled up tatami mats. If I had heeded these words my PC might still be in one piece. The way in which this sword does qualify as authentic, is that it's lightweight enough to be drawn and wielded in the traditional way. A Cold Steel Katana for instance, while a real weapon, is slightly too heavy for proper Iaido or Kendo. Also, for its intended cutting purpose (tamishigiri) its actually quite good. So overall I think it qualifies as a good product. But if you want something inexpensive that allows you to employ your Kendo skills for home or personal defense, Get a good hardwood Bokken. Seriously.
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