The Koi Katana from Paul Chen has a hand-forged T10 high-carbon steel blade which is differentially hardened using the traditional claying method.
The Koi Katana is mounted in black and white and features black same, with the tsuka-ito made of premium white Japanese cotton.
The saya is finished in a deep black lacquer with a black and white striped cotton sageo.
A finely rendered Koi, with true front-and-back detail, forms the black iron tsuba.
The fittings are superbly antiqued adding to the aesthetics of the piece. The Koi katana from Hanwei is supplied with a protective cloth bag and traditional maintenance kit.
- Forged high-carbon steel blade
- Built for Cutting
- Traditional Construction
- Overall: 44 3/4"
- Blade Length: 28 1/2"
- Handle Length: 14 3/4"
- Weight: 2lb 13oz
- Point of Balance: 5 1/4"
- Sori: 1 1/8"
- Item Weight: 5.9 pounds.
- Dimensions: 5.5" (W) x 4" (H) x 50" (D)
Symbolically revered for it dogged ability to swim upstream and up waterfalls, the Koi fish symbolizes perseverance, courage and the attainment of lofty goals. Ancient Chinese myth states that Koi which climbed the falls on the Yellow River at the “Dragon Gate” would become great dragons. If caught, the brave Koi fish will not flinch as it is cut with a knife – from this in particular the Samurai found inspirational courage against the blades they themselves would face.
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The matching CAS Hanwei Koi Wakizashi is also available. Contact me for set pricing.
- Overall: 27 7/8"
- Blade Length: 19 5/8"
- Handle Length: 6 1/2"
- Weight: 1lb 7oz
- Point of Balance: 4 1/4"
- Sori: 1"
- Blade Steel: T10