Elite Series: Incorporating a blend of the features of the Katanas in our popular Classic Series and those in our new Performance Series, the swords in our Elite Series embody a careful blend of form and function. As in the Classic Series, the swords have an upgraded standard of blade polish and other refinements in detail while changes in blade design have been introduced to enhance cutting performance.
The Practical Plus Elite Katana provides a very economical cutting sword as dependable as the Practical Elite Katana (SH6000KPC), but using more traditional fittings and construction methods. The blade is forged and differentially tempered (HRC60 edge, HRC40 back) and the hamon is prominent. The Practical Plus Elite 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 Elite are decorated in a Japanese Dogwood motif with dragon menuki, and the handsome Tsuba is of an iron sunburst design with a brass habaki.
Paul Chen Hanwei Practical Plus Elite Katana Features:
High carbon steel hand forged blade
HRC 60 Ha 40 back
Eilte blade geometry
Genuine same and cotton wrapped tsuka
Wood saya with speckled black laquer finish
Sword bag included
Overall: 40" Blade Length: 28" Handle Length: 11" Weight: 2lb 7oz Point of Balance: 5 1/2" Width at Guard: 1.39" Width at Tip: 1.03" Thickness at Guard: .26" Thickness at Tip: .16" Sori: 3/4"