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Hanwei Practical Plus XL Light Katana

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(2 customer reviews)

$448.95

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The Hanwei Practical Plus XL Katana provides a very economical cutting sword as dependable as the Practical XL Light Katana (SH6000LPF), but using more traditional fittings and construction methods. The blade is forged and differentially hardened (HRC60 edge, HRC40 back) and the hamon is prominent. The Practical Plus features genuine Same (Rayskin) on the Tsuka, with a tightly-woven cotton wrap (Tsuka-Ito). The long tang is double-pegged for security. The fittings of the Practical Plus are decorated in a Japanese Dogwood motif with dragon menuki, and the handsome Tsuba is of an iron ”sunburst” design with a brass habaki.

Overall Length40 7/8''
Blade Length28 1/4''
Weight2 lb 9 oz
EdgeVery Sharp
Width36.3 mm
Thickness5.8 mm - 4.7 mm
PommelN/A
P.O.B.4 5/8''
Grip Length11 1/8''
Blade [1566 High Carbon Steel]
TypeKatana
ClassBattle Ready
CultureJapanese
ManufacturerHanwei
Country of OriginChina

2 reviews for Hanwei Practical Plus XL Light Katana

  1. d-otn

    first cutter I have been involved in Haidong Gumdo for a year now and hit the point that I wanted to do a little more training in cutting mats. Due to budget constraints and not having the knowledge base where I felt ready to step into a higher end sword yet (spend $1200 plus), the Paul Chen Practical Line was suggested to me. After sorting through the multiple versions of the Practical line, I ended up purchasing the Practical Plus XL light. With my minor knowledge, I thought I would like the slightly longer blade due to my height. In addition, a friend of mine suggested getting one with the bohi to help validate my cutting technique. At my first cutting session I wasn’t sure if I was happy with it or not. But after using it for a few months, I am very happy with having selecting it.

  2. J W.

    Top Heavy At first glance, this sword seemed to be just what I was looking for, however, after 5 minutes of actually having it in my hand, I decided to return it.

    The tsuka is everything I had come to expect from Hanwei. It was wrapped tight, and comfortable, and all of the metal hardware was good quality as well.

    The blade was not in the best polish, and still had some rough stone or file marks in it. This didn’t bother me too much as A) the sword is advertised as a cutter and so by not going to extra mile on the polishing process it keeps the price down and B) as a cutter the blade would lose a high polish quickly anyways.

    The reason I sent this sword back, though, was that the blade is wider than on other swords they offer. Even though it may be a few ounces lighter than some of Hanwei’s other blades, the wider blade throws the balance off, and makes it more top/blade heavy.

    If you plan on only doing cutting, a lot of cutting with this sword, I recommend it. However, if you practice iaido and will be doing lots of kata work, then I’d suggest that you look at other Hanwei models, such as the Shinto, which are balanced better. This sword will tire your hands and wrists quickly.

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