The Bamboo Mat Katana by Paul Chen / Hanwe has, in just a short amount of time, become one of our top favored samurai swords. The name says it all, as this is a superb bamboo cutting sword for martial arts professionals.
The blade itself is also of high quality. In fact, you won't need to sharpen this sword as the edge is so durable. That’s because it features a chu-kissaki blade of Hanwei's own high-alloy HWS-2S steel, combining impressive performance with a striking O-choji hamon. This steel is constructed in Hanwei's new factory, with high-tech equipment, producing an exceptionally unalloyed, advanced-metallurgy blade with a magnificent edge-holding capability and resilience.
The fittings on the katana feature a bamboo-themed black iron tsuba, textured in a bamboo mat design with a jointed bamboo rim and highlighted with gold-tipped bamboo leaves. The fuchi/kashira follow the same theme and the golden menuki feature a pair of sparrows. The saya is finished in high-gloss lacquer with horn fittings.
Overall, just the traditional look and feel of this sword in your hands really is its selling point.
Features and Specs:
- HWS-2S Blade
- Quality fittings
- Bamboo theme
- Overall: 40 1/4"
- Blade Length: 28 7/8"
- Handle Length: 11"
- Weight: 2lb 12oz
- Blade Steel: HWS-2S
*Specs will vary slightly from piece to piece.