Hanwei has brought back the classic Tiger Wakizashi to match its recent re-issue of the Tiger Katana; an iconic sword from the Hanwei line of Japanese swords this re-issue is painstakingly reproduced to match the original issue of these swords which were originally released in the early 2000s. The Tiger series pairs a high quality blade of folded steel with unique settings and fittings. Unlike many katana on the market which mix and match from mass produced pre-fabricated koshirae hilt components, Hanwei creates their own unique designs which are cast and detailed to a truly premium quality level. Among these, the Tiger Wakizashi and Katana may be one of the boldest and most vibrant hilt settings Hanwei created with its large stalking tiger picked out in bright brass over textured iron with Fuchi, Kashira and a Saya Kurigata to match.
The blade is not to be outdone as it is forged from folded K120C Swedish Powder Steel; it was differentially-hardened using the traditional clay-tempering method to imbue it with a hard and wear-resistant edge and a softer, shock absorbing spine. A fine quality polish brings out the hada patterning of the folded steel and the wave-like hamon of edge-hardened steel.
The habaki and seppa are brass and the hilt fittings are iron with brass detailing. The wooden tsuka is inlaid with genuine rayskin and overlaid with knotted tsuka-ito of premium Japanese cotton. The saya scabbard is expertly carved from wood and is finished with glossy black lacquer inlaid with bamboo leaves of brass and is completed with a black sageo.