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Pre-Owned Hanwei Bamboo Mat Katana - POSH2438

Pre-Owned Hanwei Bamboo Mat Katana

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Overall Length: 40 1/4'' Blade: 28 7/8''

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Blade:HWS-2S High Carbon Steel
Weight:2 lb 11 oz
Edge: Sharp
P.O.B.:5 3/8''
Thickness:7.3 mm - 5.1 mm
Width:32.7 mm
Grip Length:10''

This Pre-Owned Hanwei Bamboo Mat Katana has a blade that is in good and sturdy functional condition; the blade has been re-sharpened at some point - it is sharp despite not being a factory edge. The visibility of the hamon has been greatly reduced from factory standard by a later polishing. The blade has a large amount of light scratches, as well as a small chip in the edge a few inches beneath the tip. Despite the cosmetic flaws the blade is still straight, sharp and ready for cutting action.

The metal hilt fittings are all in good condition and tightly fitted. The bamboo mekugi pegs have been reinforced with glue, leaving visible glue around the pegs. The grip wrap color is faded in areas, but is still tight because it was probably reinforced with some lacquer to harden it.

The saya scabbard is in good functional condition despite having a black lacquer finish with a large amount of scuffing and scratches.

The Hanwei Bamboo Mat Katana features a chu-kissaki blade of Hanwei's own high-alloy HWS-2S steel, which combines impressive performance with a striking O-choji hamon. This steel is made in Hanwei's new factory, with high-tech equipment, producing a very pure, advanced-metallurgy blade with excellent edge-holding capability and resilience.

The fittings feature a bamboo-themed black iron tsuba, textured in a bamboo mat design with a jointed bamboo rim and highlighted with gold-tipped bamboo leaves. The fuchi/kashira follow the same theme and the golden menuki feature a pair of sparrows. The saya is finished in high-gloss lacquer with horn fittings.

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