CAS Hanwei SH6006KFG Tiger Elite Katana Hand Forged And Folded Steel Blade


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CISH6006KFG: Tiger Elite Katana
CAS Hanwei

The Tiger Elite Katana has been re-designed from kissaki to kashira. Utilizing a hand forged and folded Performance Series katana blade and some of the finest fittings available, the Tiger is equally at home as a cutting blade or showpiece. The K120C powder steel blade is differentially hardened using the traditional claying method which produces a HRC60 edge and HRC40 back. This allows for superior edge holding and cutting ability while allowing the blade to absorb the shock of a blow. The hamon (temper line) and hada (folding pattern) are very prominent. The koshirae (fittings) are all made from blackened bronze and detailed in gold. The tsuba (guard) is made from blackened iron with a ‘stalking tiger’ motif. The same is of the finest ray skin while the tsuka-ito (handle wrap) and sageo (scabbard cord) are made from top-quality japanese cotton. The Tiger is supplied with a protective cloth bag and traditional maintenance kit.
Key Features:
  • Hand forged and folded steel blade
  • Traditional Construction
  • Superior Quality

  • Overall Length: 41
  • Weight: 2lb 8oz
  • Handle Length: 11
  • Blade Length: 29
  • Point of Balance: 5 1/2"
  • Width at Guard: 1.35"
  • Width at Tip: 1.03"
  • Thickness at Guard: .25"
  • Thickness at Tip: .16"
  • Sori: 3/4"
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5 out of 5
Dec 24, 2015
Pros: Materials, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Overall Quality, Usable
Cons: None
Tiger Elite Katana
I'm going to dispense with the Japanese lexicon to describe the Hanwei Tori Elite so, you can sub-in the correct terminology. For the price, it is as expected and is very well executed. The temper line is prominent and folds are visible, but not as evident as I would like. I'm not sure if the powdered steel appearance will diverge from the traditional folded 10XX as we are accustom to.This is my second sword with powdered steel, with my first being the Bugei Wave. The Tiger geometry is not convex (apple seed) as the Bugei, but has a very sharp nicely formed edge. This sword is straight with no east-west bends. It has no groove and is hefty, but nicely balanced. The handle, which is pinned to the tang is very tight, but one pin is under the cotton wrap. Since Hanwei and Bugei are related... I would say the Tiger is the big brother of the Wave, but that apple seed shape requires substantial polishing and cost. For performance I would say the Cold Steel Emperor, Hanwei Tiger Elite and the Bugei Wave are 1-2-3 in their respective price range for non Shinken production swords. Hey, my opinion is based on my experience and there are many more manufacturers today who also make great blades, that I have not tried... yet. I hear Cambodia has been producing some very nice high end production "stuff", my next stop, enjoy!
5 out of 5
In the woods
Jun 19, 2014
Pros: Materials, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Overall Quality, Usable
Cons: None
Just what I needed
The ninja's visits started to become more frequent. Sadly, my tripwires, blowgun and throwing stars were not enough to fend him off much longer. Late one night he returned and got past my perimeter defenses without raising alarm. Luckily, I was in the study just finishing the last pass over my elite tiger blade with the powder ball when I felt his presence behind me. I quickly flung around into my stalking tiger stance wielding the blade back ready to rumble. His eyes grew as he focused on the gold beasts on the tsuba, likely realizing he stepped in on the wrong dojo. An epic battle ensued leading to the destruction of most of my house... as well as the ninja's obviously inferior excuse of a katana before he employed diversion tactics escaping the tiger's grasp. I have come to believe that the only thing that would stand a chance stopping this sword would be a lightsaber.. and even then it would have to be some serious midi-chlorian roided out yoda clone to even scratch this bad boy. The only mistake I made with my purchase was that I didn't buy two of these for dual wield scenarios.
5 out of 5
John P
Las Vegas
Jul 15, 2013
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Usable
Cons: None
Paul Chen's Tiger Katana
Extremely well balanced razor sharp blade. Ready to use or display. Cutting ability is high to extreme. Only the Musashi Heavy Katana might edge the Tiger out in a competition.
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