Hanwei has now made a very special version of a sword styled after the work of the famous samurai and author, Miyamoto Musashi.
This sword features a hand forged and folded blade with prominent folding lines, or grain pattern, in the steel. The tsuba is the classic Musashi pattern with silvered menuki in the shape of boat oars, celebrating Musashi’s most famous victory. The handle is well shaped and features the highest quality rayskin available to Hanwei.
This sword is highly collectible with only 250 being produced worldwide. Each sword includes a numbered certificate of authenticity and maintenance kit.
Hanwei 30th Anniversary edition katana features:
Overall: 41 1/2"
Blade Length: 28 1/2"
Handle Length: 11 1/2"
Weight: 2lb 6oz
Point of Balance: 5 1/2"
Blade Steel: K120C
Hrc Edge: 60
Hrc Back: 40
Posted by Unknown on 13th Jun 2016
A Brilliant Sword by HanWei (171/250)
This is the first real Katana that I have ever owned.
Prior to this, I have three Iaitos made by Tozando, which were handmade by the Japanese Sword Craftman who makes Real Shinken in Japan.
So I thought I’d do a comparison between the Made in Japan Iaito and the Katana By HanWei, and see what are differences in terms of built quality.
The blade is beautifully shaped, and carefully crafted.
The build quality of the blade is as good as my Iaito by Tozando
The folded pattern is easily revealed through the reflection of a torch, proven it is real folded blade.
I am not sure the Hamon is real or not, but it looks really awesome.
The Ray skin appears to be real. But comparing with my Iaito, the gaps between the dots appears to be rubbed in by salt or some sort, so it does not look as natural as the Made in Japan Ray Skin, where the dots are naturally grown.
The wrap is reasonably tight, but my Iaito wrap is even tighter.
Menuki is beautifully made. And it looks awesome with the blue silk wrapping.
The Tsuka is about 2 or 3 cm longer than my standard sized Iaito, which gives it a really good balance.
The Hanwei could have done a better job on its Koiguchi. As which was bit roughly made and wooden part of the Koiguchi is a lot thinner than one for my Iaito. And the koiguchi is not as smooth as it should be. So I will be really careful when I do NOTO, especially for Iaido Beginners like me. :P
You can see the Kurigata is definitely a lot better than my Iaito, it appears to be made of Buffalo horn, and the Shito-Dome is appears to be made of brass. It made whole saya stands out. And no complatins to the Lacquer.
Overall, I have to say that HanWei did an awesome Job on this 30 Anniversary Katana. And this Katana is worth to keep as one of my collection. Thanks to HanWei for shipping me an awesome Product. I might do some cutting reviews in the future; and putting further comments for this piece soon.
Posted by Petr on 7th May 2016
The blade is beautifull, especially the hada really sticks out, and the fittings are nice and tight. Its not sharpened as much as i'd like and the tsuba Is fitted slightly off the center of the blade, but those can be fixed. All in all Im satisfied and would recomend this one.
Posted by Unknown on 9th Mar 2016
Very solid katana but the blade is not very sharp. After polishing the hamon was gone..
Posted by Unknown on 18th Oct 2015
Beautiful, met all expectations!
Posted by Unknown on 27th Aug 2015
Just un-boxed sword number 65. Very good overall presentation, will need to be cleaned. I assume the coating on the blade is to protect it from rust during shipping and storage in the warehouse. Overall, good presentation. Tsuka is wrapped very tight and the ray skin is very uniform with a small consistent pattern. One let down is the seppa is not filed to match the tsuba. It protrudes past the tsuba. One thing I will say, I love the taper of the blade. This is not a heavy cutting blade, but a more elegant blade. Seems like it would be a blade for a more experienced cutter. Will try it out this weekend at the dojo.
Will clean it up and write another review after that. Overall first impressions are good. Only reason I did not give it five stars is because I have not cut with it yet.
Oh, the menuki are on the wrong side of the tsuka for me... but that is preference. Will have to re-wrap it, but that is my preference.