The Naginata, famed weapon of the Sohei, or warrior monks, of medieval Japan was fearsome in the hands of a skilled combatant and is today of great importance in the martial arts field. The Paul Chen naginata (SH1020), while retaining its traditional qualities, has been revised to better meet the needs of the martial arts practitioner. Hand forged 1065 high-carbon steel and edge tempered, using a traditional claying method, the naginata blade is at least the equal of the originals. Mounted on a long tang to better absorb the shock of a blow, the blade has a strong distal taper for balance and quickness. The delicately engraved tsuba features a silver butterfly motif. The one-piece staff (ebu) is very strong, featuring a traditional tear-drop cross-section for easy recognition of blade orientation and a black non-slip finish for better control of the weapon. The naginata is supplied with a wooden saya, a protective cloth bag and a boxed maintenance kit.
Paul Chen Hanwei Naginata Features:
- Hand Forged, High Carbon Steel Blade
- Blade is differentially tempered
- Tear-drop cross-section for correct blade orientation
- Comes with blade scabbard and bag
- Fully Functional
Overall: 76 3/4“
Blade Length: 20 1/4“
Handle Length: 55 1/2“
Weight: 4lb 10oz
Thickness at Guard: .305
Blade Steel: 1065
Great forged naginata
Posted by Nicholas H. on 30th Oct 2015
I've been collecting paul chen and hanwei items for a very long time now. I really love this item the only reason I am not giving it a full 5 star rating is because when I received it the saya was split half way down the middle. Unfortunately it could not be replaced and it is even more unfortunate that the item wasn't inspected before shipping. The saya had split because the wood had warped and the glue was not strong enough to prevent that. Swords of might did however offer me a partial refund for the damages and I ended up finding a new saya. Now my gorgeous naginata sits pretty in all of its hand forged and clay tempered beauty. I would buy another if I didn't already own two :)
The best beneath custom.
Posted by Nicholas Blaze (Ware, MA) on 26th Apr 2012
I have been a martial artist for 14 years now, and finding high-quality weapons and training equipment is difficult. Aside from Bugei.com, who is also a retailer of CAS Hanwei, Hanwei itself is the only respectable sword smith I know of, aside from custom-made forgers. While paying $7,000 for a custom-made naginata would be ideal, it is highly uneconomical. I rated it 5/5, but it would be closer to a 4.3/5. There are a few reasons for this. First, the shipping from Swords of Might was speedy, however the box it was shipped in was actually two boxes taped together. I admit, it's a long product. It had more packaging peanuts than I know what to do with, but it arrived... mostly safe. The few faults I found look like they happened from CAS Hanwei itself, NOT Swords of Might or shipping. It is a beautiful naginata, though it is limited to only one design, of the many dozens that were employed over the feudal era of Japan. Some were rehashed katana blades, while others were thinner and straighter for thrusting and chopping. The blade is hand-forged of 1065 steel. It features a hamon which perplexed me; it looked acid-etched, but after closer examination it was clearly real. The blade is thick where it needs to be, adding extra durability, and the wooden staff is well made. But as said before, there were some faults. The first one was a large, two and a half inch crack that went entirely through the saya at one end. It was easily overlooked, but a cracked saya is dangerous. I checked the nakago to make sure the wood there was fine. It was, though a little dented, perfectly fine and the nakago itself was beautiful. The second problem was a hole in the naginata bag. Overall, the balance is to the tip, as to the style, but it works well in kata. The price is a bit inflated, but it is a sturdy weapon.