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St Petersburg FL 33709
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Performance / Practical Blade Comparison  Previous Item Next Item

Many of the Hanwei katana come in multiple blade styles that use the same fittings.  The Practical Katana is discussed here, but the blade geometry for all the performance and elite series katana are similar.  The XL and XL light blades for all swords are the same geometry and length.  The Elite (Standard) is different for each model.  The Practical Plus upgrades the fittings.  The Musashi and Shinto katana are a different type of steel and have a much better polish.  The Tori and Tiger are folded and use Swedish powdered steel.

The fittings are the same, but there are now three different versions of the Practical Katana.  The XL, Elite, and XL Light blades allow the customer to make the choice without changing the price drastically.

The specifications on these sword really tell it all.  The XL is the heaviest version made for tameshigiri.  We feel this is the best cutting sword in it's price range.  The XL light adds bo-hi (groove) to reduce weight while keeping the XL dimensions.  The Elite is shorter and lighter and offers a blade that is similar to the classic model but offering improved lines and looks.  While it does not have the heavy blade of the XL, the Elite blade is still a good cutter. (Click here for specifications on all models)

  OA Weight Bare Blade
 Weight
OA Length Balance Point
(from tsuba)
Length of
 Nakago
Tsuka
Length
lbs. gm lbs. gm in mm in mm in mm in mm
Practical Classic 2.10 953     39.69 1008 5.00 127     11.10 282
Practical Std Katana 2.34 1061 1.67 758 39.41 1001 4.53 115 10.39 264 11.18 284
Practical XL Katana 2.70 1225 2.00 907 41.02 1042 4.88 124 11.22 285 11.14 283
Practical XL Light 2.51 1139 1.78 807 40.87 1038 4.65 118 10.87 276 11.22 285

  A (Length
/ Nagasa)
B (Curvature
 / Sori)
C (Length
of Kissaki)
D (Mihaba at
 Mune-Machi)
E (Mihaba
at Yokote)
F (Kasane at
Mune-Machi)
G (Kasane
at Yokote)
in mm in mm in mm in mm in mm in mm in mm
Practical Classic 27.36 695 0.54 14 1.32 34 1.21 31 0.90 23 0.24 6.1 0.16 4.1
Practical Std Katana 27.09 688 0.78 20 1.75 44 1.37 35 1.01 26 0.27 6.9 0.14 3.6
Practical XL Katana 28.54 725 0.72 18 1.83 46 1.46 37 1.13 29 0.26 6.6 0.18 4.6
Practical XL Light 28.54 725 0.71 18 1.82 46 1.45 37 1.11 28 0.28 7.1 0.21 5.3