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Oni Katana by Paul Chen / Hanwei

SH6018KLG Oni Katana
Oni KatanaOni Katana
MSRP: $1,799.00
Price: $1,619.00
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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"  perfectly suits the L6 / Bainite blade on which our Oni Katana is built.  The 29" blade features the geometry of our Performance Series for outstanding cutting ability.  The 14” tsuka is wrapped in black ray skin and silk ito while the Koshirae feature Oni in various classical styles.  A unique combination of folklore and functionality.

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 exact 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.  The blades are forged and shaped in the normal way, then carefully heat treated to achieve the required Bainite and Martensite structures before final polishing.

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A truly remarkable katana of heirloom quality -- Whiskeyfox

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Product Details +

Key Features:

  • L6/Bainite Performance Series Katana Blade
  • Traditional Construction
  • Designed for Martial Artists
Oni Katana
MSRP: $1,799.00
In stock
Made In China
Specifications +

Overall: 44”
Blade Length: 29"
Handle Length: 14”
Weight: 3lb 6oz
Thickness at Guard: 3/8"
Thickness at Tip: 1/4"
Sori: 5/8"
Blade Steel: L6
Hrc Edge: 58~60
Hrc Back: 38~42

Specs will vary slightly
from piece to piece.

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