Paul Chen Hanwei Practical XL Katana

Paul Chen Hanwei Practical XL Katana

5.00 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews )


Product Description

The Hanwei Practical Katanas have always been at the forefront of providing economical yet functional swords to the martial arts community. Designed for maximum cutting power in heavy targets, the practical xl katana combines the blade geometries and profiles of the Performance Series with the affordability of Practical fittings. The blades in the cutting styles are forged from 1566 steel and differentially hardened in the traditional manner, producing an edge hardness of HRC60 and spine hardness of HRC40. The removeable handle is tightly wrapped in the tradtional style with imitation leather to provide a positive grip that will withstand years of tameshigiri practice.

Paul Chen Hanwei Practical XL Katana Features:

  • 1566 High carbon steel hand forged blade
  • HRC 40/60
  • Differentially tempered
  • Iron tsuba
  • Rayskin and imitation leather grip
  • Black lacquered saya
  • Built for competition cutting
  • New blade geometry – better performance
  • Affordable price
  • Comes with carry bag
Overall: 40 1/2 Blade Length: 28 1/2 Handle Length: 11″ Weight: 2lb 11oz Point of Balance: 5″ Width at Guard: 1.43″ Width at Tip: 1.08″ Thickness at Guard: .26″ Thickness at Tip: .15″ Sori: 3/4″

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8 reviews for Paul Chen Hanwei Practical XL Katana

    5 out of 5

    Great sword for the priceUnboxed the sword last night. It is VERY sharp. The build quality is higher than expected. It did have a layer of oil on the blade, but was easy to wipe off. If I am ever in the market for another blade of this type, I would not hesitate to buy another.

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    5 out of 5

    A Superb Weapon...This katana = Epic Win.

    I could end the review there but, I’ll add a little more.

    I’m 6’2, 190 pounds. Because of my arm-length and height I’m able to apply a slightly above-normal amount of snap-leverage to a stroke which plays to the strengths of this katana. For tameshigiri, I can’t imagine a better blade than this one, which – out of my 13 katanas – immediately became my favorite.

    Frankly, I feel like I could cut the main gun off an Abrams tank with this thing.

    However, the style I usually practice is a single-handed, fast attack: either the draw is the attack or I throw the saya on the draw and follow it with an immediate stroke. For that kind of high-speed finesse-attack, I’ve been having trouble with this katana. I simply think I’m too weak to whip the deeper, heavier blade around the way I’m used to.

    So – in my case - it’s accurate to call this a cutting sword: that’s exactly what it’s perfect for.

    I think a man with more normal arm strength could probably use this as a fast-attack katana but, I can’t.

    Something that’s interesting but not a “con” is what I’ve learned from this katana: it’s the bo-hi that gives a katana that distinctive whistle when swung correctly, as opposed to the “whoosh” of a poor stroke. The lack of a bo-hi on this katana means the blade is basically silent when swung correctly. This really confused me at first….I thought I was swinging the blade horribly wrong.

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    5 out of 5

    Cuts AllThis Blade has exceeding my expectations... the finest sword i have ever purchased. It cuts through everything like butter. 5 stars!

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    5 out of 5

    Always a studentAbsolutely GREAT!!!

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    5 out of 5

    I CAN SHAVE WITH THISSuper sharp!!!!!!!! Pool noodles, milk jugs, beach mats beware. All will fall under this blade!!!!!!!! This is my first hanwei.....and wont be my last!!!!

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