Praying Mantis Katana (螳螂刀)
The Praying Mantis is a symbol of cunning and power in
Japanese culture and is consequently a highly respected theme in
Samurai swords. Built on the new L6/Bainite blade in the Shobu
Zukuri style with Bo-Hi, and featuring superb koshirae, the
Praying Mantis is a very desirable and functional piece. The
subdued green silk ito and deep brown of the lacquered saya
provide handsome contrast to the dark copper and golden accents
of the tsuba, fuchi and kashira. The stalking mantis lies in
wait for his next prey, mirroring the power and grace in this
exceptional katana. The tsuka features golden
Japanese Hydrangea (ajisai) menuki.
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. Blades are forged and shaped in the normal
way, then carefully heat treated to achieve the required Bainite
and Martensite structures before final polishing.
The Praying Mantis was recently redesigned
with a straight hamon.
- Made by Hanwei Forge
- Fully functional live blade Shinken Katana "real
- L6/Bainite Shobu Zukuri Blade
- Traditional Construction
- High Quality Koshirae
- This katana is hand made and each is unique - size and weight will vary
- Blade length: 29"
- Handle length: 11"
- Overall length: 41"
- Weight: 2lb 8oz
- Differentially tempered
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