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Matching the Paul Chen SH 1018 Golden Oriole Katana, the Wakizashi features a deeply lacquered blue saya and Japanese cotton tsuka-ito, and the Oriole appears again on the koshirae. The blade from the Hanwei factory is hand-forged in high-carbon steel and is edge-tempered to display a distinct hamon. Edge hardness is HRC60, back hardness HRC40.Supplied with a protective cloth bag and traditional maintenance kit.
Premium quality made by Hanwei (Paul Chen).
Specifications may slightly vary from piece to piece.
In the case of hand-forged blade our blacksmith takes the already rolled spring steel and forges it with hand on the anvil or under the monkey (drop hammer). By forging becomes the steel more compacted (denser). Industrially rolled spring steel blades are made by cutting steel plate into strips under drop shears. Then they are ground or milled/grooved and without further forging directly put into the annealing furnace and hardened in oil bath. The qualities of both kinds of blades do not differ from each other much since the industrial rolling is already very good. On forged blades usually have forge traces, which give them an authentic and unique look.