Welcome to another Swords of the past installation. This time we are focusing on another Hanwei sword from the past. The Hanwei 25th Anniversary Shinto katana. Hanwei always out classes itself with its anniversary swords and this one was no different. The 25th anniversary Shinto was much like the regular Shinto katana, but it featured silver plated fittings. The blade was not made of T10 steel, but of their own proprietary HWS-1S Steel and a heat treating regimen that produces a Tamahagane-like hardness distribution across the blade section with a very attractive Choji-style hamon. Original description and pics below:
Our Silver Anniversary Shinto katana is undoubtedly one of the most collectible pieces ever offered by CAS Hanwei. Not only is this one of Hanwei’s most attractive swords but, to celebrate CAS’s 25th anniversary, the certificated edition is limited to just 250 pieces.
Based on the original Shinto katana, the first sword ever produced for CAS by Hanwei by Paul Chen , this Anniversary Edition features the same koshirae (fittings) but in a silver plate finish, highlighting details not previously evident. The blade, while maintaining similar geometry, has under- gone radical changes in metallurgy and heat treating. It now features Hanwei’s own high-alloy HWS-1S steel and a heat treating regimen that produces a Tamahagane-like hardness distribution across the blade section with a very attractive Choji-style hamon.
The saya is deeply lacquered in black and is complemented by a hand woven sageo unique to this katana. A handsome lacquered stand, inscribed with “Silver Anniversary Edition” translated into Kanji, is supplied with the sword. The black sword bag is embroidered in silver with the same Kanji and the sword’s limited edition number.
A signed and numbered authenticating certificate is supplied with each piece.
Overall: 39″ Blade Length: 27″ Handle Length: 11″ Weight: 2lb 5oz Blade Steel: HWS-1S
Since this sword is no longer available, you can still get on the Anniversary hype train. Still available and in a limited edition of only 250 worldwide, we offer the 30th Anniversary Hanwei Musashi katana, which we think is even more attractive than the Shinto, but is selling out fast. You be the judge. Let us know what you think of this sword from the past in the comments below!