The Hanwei Practical Light Katana features a tempered high carbon steel blade. Thinner and narrower than other katanas in the practical series, this sword is made to be light and fast. The blade is fully sharpened and features a nice visible hamon temper line. The tsuba is made of blackened steel, while the wood grip is covered in imitation rayskin and a black suede wrap. Includes a wood scabbard with black lacquered finish and an cotton sword bag.
Excellent cutter Excellent cutter. Great looking blade and very sharp. Try one, you won’t be disappointed.
Light and practical Please bear in mind this is my first Japanese sword. I found this to be an excellent quality blade overall. It’s not quite as light as I expected, but certainly light enough to make fast and accurate cuts. Handles well with one hand but is still balanced better for two handed use. It’s not too exciting aesthetically, but the sword feels well constructed and sturdy. There is definitely a Zen-like approach to its design. If I had one minor nitpick, it would be that the sheath is a little loose.