The Paul Chen / Hanwei Orchid Katana features a sharpened, hand-forged & folded K120C powder steel blade, differentially tempered using a traditional claying method to produce an HRC60 edge, HRC40 back. The temper line (hamon) is evident and prominent and the grain pattern (hada) shows distinct layers. The saya (scabbard) is deeply lacquered in blue. High quality ray skin (same) is used on the tsuka, and the tsuka-ito and sageo are woven from premium Japanese cotton. The tsuba is made of blackened iron, with an Orchid and Butterfly decoration inlaid in silver, brass and copper. The scabbard mouth (koiguchi) and cord knob (kurikata) are of buffalo horn, and the fuchi, kashira and kojiri are of bronzed iron with silver and gold detailing. The blade collar (habaki) is a one-piece brass construction.
I’m very happy with this. Looks beautiful and I’m having a lot of fun practicing with it. I’m excited to see how well it cuts
I think this is a very beautiful sword. It’s light and easy to swing. Practicing with it is pretty fun and not as tiring as my dojo pro because of the lighter weight. The tsuka is kinda small and I actually like that about it and the shape makes it feel nice to grip. The samegawa is one of my favorite parts of this sword, the nodes are bigger than a lot of the other reproduction katanas I’ve seen. The flower theme of the fittings on the kashira, fuji, and tsuba are lovely, the ito feels comfy, and the menuki looks good. The pointed kojiri was something that I didn’t think I’d like too much when I saw the pictures, now they have grown on me a lot and it gives it great character. The blade has a beautiful hada and hamon, and I love the kissaki. I haven’t cut anything with this yet, I look forward to it though. I’m very happy with this katana
Zynkyoku (verified owner) –
I purchased this sword because I’d been eyeing it ever since Matt Jensen made a review on it.
10/10 blade and fittings, sword is like a racing car compared to my previous purchases.
Only complaint is that the blue paint used in the current run I received is not the same blue as the one in the pictures or in Matt Jensen’s review, and is much darker and requires very bright light to even show the blue paint.