Made in Dalian, China by Hanwei, a traditional hand forged Japanese style sword manufacturer... New in the original packaging. Certificate of authenticity.
The Lion Dog Katana features an O-Kissaki blade of Hanwei's own high-alloy HWS-1S steel, which combines superior performance with an outstanding O-choji hamon. This steel is made in Paul Chen's new Hanwei factory, with high-tech equipment, producing a very pure advanced-metallurgy blade with the best edge-holding capability and resilience of any blade ever produced by Hanwei. The outstanding performance characteristics of blades forged from HWS-1S steel derive from a combination of the careful selection of alloying elements and a complex processing procedure, basically involving the manipulation of the steel's carbon content across the blade section. This results in a very tough and resilient blade with a hard, highly abrasion-resistant edge. The sharply detailed fittings feature a Lion-dog themed black iron tsuba, with matching fuchi/kashira and golden peony menuki. The complex saya features a gloss-lacquered ribbed section at the koiguchi/kurikata with the balance spatter-lacquered for a very attractive appearance. The premium multi-colored sageo is hand-woven in pure silk. Built for Martial Artists.
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The Lion Dog Katana is indeed a shinken (sharpened), and is made using Hanwei??s HWS-1S steel which holds an edge well and gives you a pretty nice hamon. Actually, the hamon is really cool. The Lion Dog is a great sword with good features, particularly for Martial Artists. You can use the Lion Dog Katana for cutting and it will hold up very well, provided you are not cutting concrete *wink*. ?ÿThe Lion Dog is an attractive sword especially designed and built for Martial Artists. Due to the fire that closed one of Hanwei??s forges ?ÿfor a couple of years, the inventory is currently very low.
1 * Assembled katana sword with saya
1 * Cotton katana bag
1 * Sword certificate
The Art of Japanese Style Sword Making
The forging of a Japanese sword is a subtle and careful process, an art that has developed over the centuries as much in response to stylistic and aesthetic considerations as to technical improvements.
Each blade typically took many days or weeks, and was considered a sacred art, traditionally accompanied by large panoply of Shinto religious rituals. As with many complex endeavors, rather than a single craftsman, several artists were involved. There was a smith to forge the rough shape, often a second smith (apprentice) to fold the metal, a specialist polisher, and even a specialist for the edge itself. Often, there were sheath, hilt, and tsuba specialists as well.
Blades were often forged with different profiles, different blade thicknesses, and varying amounts of grind. Wakizashi and tant were not simply a scaled-down katana; they were often forged without ridge (hira-zukuri) or other such forms which were found on the katana.
Today, swords are still being made by modern artisans; some pursue the traditional methods while others apply modern tools, techniques and materials to the craft. A great number of commercially available swords are being made in China with modern tools and materials employing traditional methods. Let's remember that steel-making was imported into Japan from China, via Korea The steel used in the Chinese swords, called "chi-kang" (combined steel), was similar to pattern welding, and edges of it were often forge welded to a back of soft iron, or "jou thieh." In trying to copy the Chinese method, the ancient Japanese smiths paid much attention to the various properties of steel, and worked to combine them to produce an internal macro-structure that would provide a similar combination of hardness and toughness.
Another reason for the great popularity of the Chinese made swords is that an authentic Samurai sword, hand made in Japan (called a Shinken ), can easily cost US$12,000 to $25,000 and up. Chinese made production level approximations are typically $1,000-$2,500 for something reasonably traditional.
About Paul Chen / Hanwei Forge
Hanwei, a company that is widely acknowledged for producing first-class swords, is operated by Mr. Chen Chao-Po, also famously known by his alias, Paul Chen. The company was originally founded in Taiwan in the early 90's and is now distributed in the USA by Cas Iberia that's recently purchased by Mr. Chen. Hanwei's Samurai swords are currently viewed as contemporary pieces which give martial artists and collector a unique opportunity of owning a fine, quality sword.
Being a sword collector himself, Mr. Paul Chen understands the importance of owning excellent swords without having to pay for a hefty price. The first designs he created were based on some antique swords he inherited from his grandfather. Transforming an old chicken hatchery in the Manchurian city of Dailan into his own workshop, Mr. Chen gathered a team of experts in sword forging, polishing, heat treating and furnishing. This factory has since then produced the now coveted swords distributed by Hanwei.
Below are the 6 Basic Steps involved in the manufacturing of Hanwei Forge swords:
- A billet of high carbon steel is hot forged into a rough sword shape by power hammers.
- Then the scale is removed from the sword, which at this point is still soft and straight. Take note that the curvature of a Japanese sword is actually caused in the heat treatment phase.
- A special clay - which is Mr. Chens' own secret recipe - is applied by hand to the blade, thin at the edge and thick at the back.
- The blade is then reheated to a predetermined temperature and rapidly quenched in a water bath, which because of the different thickness of the clay, creates a differentially tempered blade with a harder, sharper edge and a softer, more flexible spine. It is also during this stage that the blade develops its characteristic curve.
- From the smithy, the tempered sword is then stress relieved and polished by hand with wet sandpaper. Acid etching brings out the hamon, and after a final polishing, the handle and other fittings are added and soon after leaves the factory for export.
- Another great aspect of Hanwei is their Samurai sword restoration facility wherein over the years; tons of damaged and abandoned pieces from the old masters have been successfully repaired to their former glory.
In 2002, the company moved into a much larger, purpose-built facility that offered enough working space and developments in efficiency. Hanwei currently have more than three hundred workers that create over six hundred items in the sword, knife and historical weaponry fields. The company never ceases learning and developing new products that relates to more intricate techniques and innovative metallurgy.
Hanwei were among the earliest pioneers in the creation of outstanding and battle-ready katanas at affordable prices for martial artists and collectors. Although there are now many fierce rivals in this industry, Paul Chen's Hanwei Forge is arguably the number one creator of the finest yet affordable Japanese style swords available in the market these days. In fact, Hanwei continue to progress into a mainstay of the Sword buying community and expanded their products to also include European designs.
Take note though, that some of Hanwei's outstanding pieces such as the Great Wave Wakizashi SH5002 and Wind & Thunder Tanto SH5003 have already been discontinued in production; however, their matching swords from the series are still available. So if you wish to own the 3 piece set of each style, these two items (available from our site) are the last available ones. Don't miss your chance of owning these rare, last pieces!
1 * Assembled katana sword with saya
1 * Cotton katana bag
1 * Sword certificate
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