The Oni are mythical creatures from Japanese folklore similar to western demons or trolls. In modern culture, they are beginning to move away from this menacing connotation into the role of guardian or protector, similar in character to gargoyles. Their power and ferocity, however, have not diminished. The Japanese saying that translates to Oni with an iron club or to be of an invincible nature fits Hanwei's Oni Katana's L6/Bainite blade perfectly. The blade's geometry allows for outstanding cutting abilities. The sword's Tsuka is wrapped in black ray skin and silk, while the Koshirae feature Oni motifs in various classical styles. The result is a unique combination of folklore and functionality. More information...
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Oni Katana by Hanwei
Bainite is a structure of high-carbon steel that combines great strength with excellent flexibility and shock absorption characteristics. It has been known as an exemplary Katana blade component for a number of years, but its use has been restricted to a few top-class master smiths due to the difficulties involved in performing the exacting heat-treatment procedures necessary for the production of a Bainite blade body in combination with the very hard Martensite Yakiba (edge section) required for Katana blades.
Hanwei has now mastered this difficult process, using billets of L-6 tool steel (a very tough high-carbon low-alloy steel) as a starting point for this katana. Blades are forged and shaped in the normal way, then carefully heat-treated to achieve the required Bainite and Martensite structures before final polishing. Made by Hanwei.
- L6/Bainite blade
- Traditional Japanese construction
- Designed for Martial Artists as well as collectors
- Blade material: L-6 tool steel
- Rockwell hardness: approx. 58-60 HRC (edge) / approx. 38-42 HRC (back)
- Overall length: approx. 111.8cm
- Blade length: approx. 73.5cm
- Handle length: approx. 35.6cm
- Weight: approx. 1361 g
- Manufacturer's product no.: SH6018KLG
Specs may slightly vary from piece to piece.