The Paul Chen Hanwei Practical Katana gives the martial artist the opportunity to own and use a Hanwei sword at the cost of an economy sword. The blade is forged and differentially tempered, using the same process as the more expensive blades and producing an HRC60 edge and HRC40 back. The temper line is authentic and prominent. Cost savings are effected by using fittings which, while making no claims to authenticity, are very strongly built to withstand the rigors of cutting exercises in the dojo. See also the Practical Wakizashi and Practical tanto for companions to this sword.
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Blade: 27 1/4"
Tsuka: 11 1/4"
Overall: 39 1/2"
Weight: 2 Lbs 5 oz
Point of Balance: 5 3/4"
Width at guard: 1.22"
Width at tip: .87"
Thickness at guard: .27"
Thickness at tip: .18"
What a great Katana
Posted by Pascal, Canada on 29th Oct 2015
Seriously, for the price, i don't think you can easily find better. Its just too bad the mekugi is glued, but for this price and the quality of the blade, its worth the sacrifice. Swords of might really got the best prices around and its great to make buisiness here! Shipping is fast, warmly recommended and will surely come back for anything i will need swords related.
Paul Chen does work
Posted by MJ on 20th Aug 2012
I first was referred to the Paul Chen brand when I asked my Iaido teacher for a quality sword that wasn't going to cost the premium prices authentic Japanese swords smiths charge. I was very happy with the ordering and shipment process. The sword itself came pre-oiled and sharp. However, the only qualm i have was the Iato wrapping is loose on the Tsuka handle and often needs to be readjusted so it were not to fall off completely. Overall, you pay for what you get--this is a quality sword, maybe the best you will find outside of japan. Cheers
Posted by Jacob Bowser (Cleveland, OH) on 24th Apr 2012
This is my first review on a product so forgive me if my review seems a bit odd. When I first bought this sword I was very pleased with the balance and the weight of the blade. I had my Practical Katana for close to three years and outside of one tiny knick, the blade has stayed in nearly the same cutting ability and sharpness as it was when I first bought it...which is to say, amazing. Unfortunately the only major disappointment I had with it was the fact that the mekugi (pins) where glued into the tsuka which left you without the ability to take it apart for customization. Overall, this product has been the best katana I've owned, surpassing the abilities and expectations of the Practical Plus Katana I also own. I give it a 9/10 for anyone just starting to look to own a katana.
Posted by william (Fortierville, QC) on 24th Apr 2012
First of all, of course, there are people out there who prefer traditional fittings and all... Personally, what I look for in a sword is functionnality. This sword is just it; I've had mine for two years, now, and it never failed --even though I mistreated it more than once. The blade started two become dull not a month ago; it didn't make the paper test pretty good any more (because of chips). I fixed it and now it cuts as well as when I first unpacked it! NOTE : on the way I fixed it... Sure, I'd be the first one to call you crazy if you told me you'd be using power tools on a functional blade; you don't want to lose the geometry of the blade, its temper, etc. But I found an exception : flap wheels on a press drill. It may sound crazy, and I don't think I would try it on a $5oo+ blade... but try it (on a cheaper blade first, just to be sure, but FIRST try it and then if I'm crazy, tell me, not the other way around)! All you have to do is follow the surface of the blade by stroking it gently on the wheel. No sparks/heat/etc. It works the same way than whin wetstones, from the coarsest grit to the finest. I partially restored a hada on a folded blade like the raijin (there are grit limitations after which you must continue by hand). For a practical blade, this is just perfect, 'cuz you don't need it to be extremely shiny, just polished enough so that the geometry lets it cut. So back to the practical : the real hamon is subtle and pretty. (sorry for this part, it's just that I want people to know it is possible) Buy the practical if you want a beater that, even though not traditional by its fittings, is elegent, agile, efficient. Also, if this is your first time asking yourself if you should buy a sword, go for it! It may cost a little more than other affordable blade, but it will last more longer, trust me!
Paul Chen Practical Katana
Posted by David (Lynchburg, VA) on 24th Apr 2012
Perfect sword, looks, feels, and cuts perfectly. Quick delivery.
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Posted by hopper on 24th Apr 2012
Great katana. I was surprised at how thin this blade is. was expecting something a little bit more robust. However, this katana is very light & manuverable. It is lightning fast & a delight to wield. The tsuka is put together very well & is super tight. The blade is flawless w/ a strait line hamon. Not highly polished, but the grain of the metal is vissible & appealing. The hammer marks are also visible & very uniform. Definately worth the economical price tag, if you are considering purchasing this Katana, don't hesitate.
plain but excellent
Posted by Unknown on 24th Apr 2012
Great sword overall for the price. Light, well balanced, tough. I like simple aesthetics, and the new rounded iron tsuba is perfect. The swede-feel wrap is very comfortable and secure. The hamon is straight but prominent, though the blade-plane polish is not fine (no worries scuffing it cutting). The blade is a bit narrow (edge to back) but so far seems strong. The only cons: The fake same has one visible seam (odd) and the scabbard mouth developed an early hairline crack (doesn't effect security). Otherwise, this is my current favorite all around training sword (vs. the PC practical plus and practical pro).
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Posted by Unknown on 24th Apr 2012
i have quite a few swords including cold steel swords masahiro bushido and a couple paul chens ever since i started buying them ive been trying to get something better than this sword this is close to what a swordsmen would use for a real fight its light made unbelievably good and i havent hurt it yet after awhile i used it as a beater but nothing ever happened to it i guess ill buy a more expensive paul chen to see if it can get any better than this
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