Paul Chen Hanwei Practical XL Katana

Paul Chen Hanwei Practical XL Katana

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


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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″

8 reviews for Paul Chen Hanwei Practical XL Katana

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bradley Shoaf (Fort Riley, KS)

    Jasons video review of the XL is dead on, pretty basic. Then you get to the blade and its really amazing. This is my 4th katana from SOM and I will not buy from anyone else. SOM service is 5 star!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    This sword is the perfect addition to the Practical line. If you like a little heavier blade that cuts like butter this is it. I will have to own all 4 of them, the Practical, the XL, the Wakizashi and the Tanto. What a set! Swords of Mights is the Best. Talking to Jason is like talking to an old friend.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    I got this sword about a year ago and i am more than happy with it. Dont let a thing like XL make you think that because your not a large person its not rite for u. I am onley 5’8 and 115 lbs. and i wield it with one hand. It came out of the box the sharpest thing ive ever seen, id say sharper than a razor and with a strait cut it feels so smooth you woudent even feel the blade going thru the target. the onley thing id say was not perfect about the sword was the tsuka ito. after 1000 swings or so it started to slide down. but the blade its self is a phenomenon. i plan on doing business with swords of might in the near future u have great deals and a masive stock of katanas!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Super sharp!!!!!!!! Pool noodles, milk jugs, beach mats beware. All will fall under this blade!!!!!!!! This is my first hanwei…..and wont be my last!!!!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Absolutely GREAT!!!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Blair Snakeskin (Turtleford, SK)

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

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    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.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    C. Clay, Florida

    Unboxed 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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