There is a certain elegance in simplicity and a virtue in its ability to focus the mind on the essential elements; it is the spirit of the unencumbered warrior that this Katana embodies – the warrior who understands that quality craftsmanship and keen-edged purpose without excess frivolities is the balance between worlds. After all, it is best to let swordsmanship, and a well-honed blade say in action what could never be conveyed in word.
The Hana Katana by Dragon King epitomizes this principle in sober black fittings and finishings, yet cultivates a simplified cherry blossom motif in humbled fittings to transition across that line from plain and unadorned into polished elegance. The blade is forged from T10 high carbon steel with a visible hamon line adorning the blade edg which belies its differential tempering. The tsuba, fuchi and kashira hilt fittings are blackened steel and the habaki and seppa are silver.
The wooden tsuka grip is inlaid with panels of genuine rayskin and bound in knotted black tsuka-ito cord with silver cherry blossom menuki firmly fitted beneath the folds. The saya scabbard is carved to fit from wood and is coated in a textured black lacquer complete with buffalo horn fittings. A knotted sageo cord completes the saya. Included with the sword is a cloth sword bag.
Joshua Padron –
Amazing! So i got this blade for cutting purposes and it holds just great, came very sharp and clean out the box no visible damage/blemishes. All the fittings are very tight, the blade fits very snug in the scabbard no rattle or anything, wrapping is very tight as well. If you’re thinking on buying this one pls do it’s a great sword i love it and hope you will too
AJGBlack (verified owner) –
First, yes it’s a three star review but I want to make it clear that I love this sword and am keeping it.
The good: The balance is excellent. Moving from strike to guard is easy and kata are smooth. The grip is a little narrow, but comfortable in both one or two hands. Everything (except the kashira/end cap) is solid in place. The ito/cord wrap does not move without really reefing on it. This blade sings in the hand. Despite having no bo-hi/fuller you can get a good “whoosh” or tachi-kaze/blade-wind from a proper swing. The fit in the saya/scabbard is pretty much perfect. Once slid in all the way it holds solidly even when shaken upside-down but you can still push the tsuba/guard forward with your thumb to pop it forward before you draw.
The not good: The finish on this is kind of awful. There are scuffs on the blade. One that looks like a machine skip on the shinogiji/back where the polisher skipped off whatever wheel they were using and caught the blade on a machine. The etch on the hamon/temper line has a flaw near the kissaki/tip on one side that looks like a little piece of dirt got on the blade before etch and left a blank spot. The habaki/blade collar has an obvious thumb print and it as well as the seppa/spacer on that side of the tsuba/guard have a rough finish and are a bit dirty. The kashira/end cap has a little bit of wiggle, like the end of the tsuka/handle core was carved a little too small for it. There is a snag and some fraying in the ito/handle wrap midway down the tsuka/handle.
I know that this is a sub-$400 sword as of this review, but a little more attention to detail would have made this an amazing purchase instead of just a good one. One of the reasons I’m keeping it is because of a YouTube review where the owner scrubbed the black finish off the kashirai, which looked amazing, and the fact that I wanted to get the tsuka re-wrapped anyway if it’s what I wanted.