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 Hanwei's new 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 steels carbon content across the blade section. This results in a very tough and resilient blade with a hard, highly abrasion-resistant edge.
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Overall: 43 1/2"
Blade Length: 29"
Handle Length: 13"
Weight: 2lb 14oz
Posted by Dr. No on 16th Dec 2015
Let me first say that I have no kendo training, but trained in two Asian martial arts years ago and am a prior Army Sergeant and now a 60 year old retired Naval Aviator.
This sword is magnificent. I see no flaws. Everything is tight. It is a bit heavier than expected. I will probably buy the matching Wakizashi.
Posted by tom skowronski on 7th Aug 2014
Nice. Bigger than I expected, have not spent much time with it yet. Saya needs to be tightened.