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The return of a classic .. our Tiger Katana from Hanwei is nostalgic reissue of the original (SH1204) folded steel katana made in the early 2000s. The specifications are painstakingly reproduced for accurancy.
The 29 3/4" K120C powder steel blade is differentially tempered with a traditional claying method to the grain patter (hada) showing distinct layers. The temper line (hamon) is evident and prominent. the blade features groove (bo-hi) on both sides. The tsuba is made from blackened iron depicting a "stalking tiger" inlaid in brass. The ray skin (same) is covered on the handle (tsuka) with Japanese Cotton. The saya is deeply lacquered in black and inlaid with brass bamboo leaves.
With few exceptions Hanwei's blades are hand forged high carbon steel. Coal fired forges heat the blades to just the right temperature and skilled smiths go to work shaping the basic blade profile and shape.
The forged blades are then ground, by hand, to near their final shape. Any inconsistencies in the swords overall shape or distal taper is corrected and the balance adjusted. The sword is now ready for heat treatment.
After careful heat treatment (hardening and tempering) in either Hanwei's digitally controlled ovens or salt baths as needed the blades are either polished on the grinder or hand polished in the case of the higher end swords. Once complete the blades are now ready to be precision fit to the hilt pieces.
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