The Hanwei Hunter Wakizashi is built on the Hanwei L6/Bainite blade in the Shonogi Zukuri style, and featuring superb koshirae, the Hunter is a very desirable and functional piece. The subdued green silk ito and green striped lacquered saya with green silk sageo compliment the blackened tsuba with golden accents, featuring a raptor stalking his next prey.
Bainite is a structure of high-carbon steel that combines great strength with excellent flexibility and shock absorption characteristics. It has been known as an exemplary Katana blade component for a number of years but its use has been restricted to a few top-class master smiths, due to the difficulties involved in performing the exacting heat treatment procedures necessary for the production of a Bainite blade body in combination with the very hard Martensite Yakiba (edge section) required for Katana blades.
Hanwei has now mastered this difficult process, using billets of L-6 tool steel (a very tough high-carbon low-alloy steel) as a starting point. Blades are forged and shaped in the normal way, then carefully heat treated to achieve the required Bainite and Martensite structures before final polishing.
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Hanwei Hunter Wakizashi Features:
- Hand forged L6 bainite blade
- Full tang
- Blackened iron tsuba with gold highlights
- Green silk and authentic rayskin wrapped handle
- Green striped lacquered wood saya and silk sageo
- Battle ready
- Overall: 27 1/2″
- Blade Length: 20″
- Handle Length: 6 1/4″
- Point of Balance: 3 1/2″
- Sori: 1/2″