Hanwei: A Brief History Today, the names Hanwei and its founder, Paul Chen, engender an image of fine functional swords and historical weaponry. Based in Dalian, China, Hanwei manages to combine traditional craftsmanship with modern tooling and metallurgy, in a way that enables it to supply a world-wide market while meeting or exceeding the quality of custom-made products. Paul Chen grew up in Taiwan where, as a young man, he developed an ongoing fascination for swords and knives. Largely unable to afford antique and custom-made pieces he became a custom maker himself, enjoying success in this field in both Asia and the U. Early endeavors largely took the form of making knives and components for major knife companies, but by the company was ready to start trading under its own banner and Dalian Hanwei Metal Co.
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Hanwei: A Brief History Today, the names Hanwei and its founder, Paul Chen, engender an image of fine functional swords and historical weaponry. Based in Dalian, China, Hanwei manages to combine traditional craftsmanship with modern tooling and metallurgy, in a way that enables it to supply a world-wide market while meeting or exceeding the quality of custom-made products.
Paul Chen grew up in Taiwan where, as a young man, he developed an ongoing fascination for swords and knives. Largely unable to afford antique and custom-made pieces he became a custom maker himself, enjoying success in this field in both Asia and the U. Early endeavors largely took the form of making knives and components for major knife companies, but by the company was ready to start trading under its own banner and Dalian Hanwei Metal Co.
Hanwei was formed. The early trainees became team leaders and then departmental managers as the company grew, forming a strong team at the core of operations. The company has gained a tremendous base of knowledge in construction and metallurgical techniques from these historical pieces, and has employed this knowledge to consistently enhance the quality and authenticity of its own swords.
These swords rapidly gained popularity with collectors, re-enactors and historical fencers throughout the world and the line expanded rapidly to cover the diverse needs of this market. At the same time Hanwei started to expand its line of knives and to replicate accessory items for its historical weaponry line. A move to a large, purpose-built facility in provided much-needed space and improvements in efficiency.
This issue features some exciting new offerings in our Japanese, Chinese and European sword lines, as well as important additions to our accessory selection.
Leading the way in our Japanese sword section is the Odachi P. And it cuts! Equally impressive is the Shuihu Tachi P. Expanding our Chinese sword offerings are the Beile Dao P. Our new Cutlass P. Our Six-Pounder Cannon scaled replica is joined this year by a matching Limber inside back cover , again crafted in steel and solid oak, and made with great attention to detail, creating an imposing and impressive display piece.
For more modern Military enthusiasts, our new line of letteropener sized WWI - onwards combat knife replicas P. This little guy comes complete with working weaponry and mini chain mail. Enjoy your tour of our catalog and please call us with any questions you may have - we look forward to working with you.
Blades in the Monosteel line are hand-forged from high-carbon steels, typically 65Mn and T In the Folded Steel line the blades are hand forged and folded from KC powder steel. The steel manufacturing process for this steel provides an excellent dispersion of carbides, resulting in a very tough steel with outstanding edge-holding properties. The traditional clay-tempering process is used for both lines, to produce an edge hardness of HRC 60 and a back hardness of HRC The hard edge provides an excellent cutting capability and edge retention, while the more resilient body of the blade allows it to absorb the shock of the cutting stroke.
After forging and heat treating, each blade is hand polished revealing both the Hamon temper line and, in the case of the Folded Steel line, the Hada linear folding pattern. The Katana in both lines have long tangs and are fitted with two Mekugi bamboo pegs for greater security. Rough Shaping: The scale is removed and the blade is shaped roughly to the required dimensions. At this stage, the steel is still in the annealed soft state and the blade is straight. Clay Covering: A special clay is applied to the blade by hand, using a thin covering near the edge and a thicker layer over the rest of the blade.
This results in a relatively quicker cooling of the edge during quenching, producing a hard edge and softer back. Quenching: This is a critical part of the operation. The blade, with its clay covering, is heated to a predetermined temperature and quenched in a water bath. The shape and continuity of the hamon, the sori blade curvature , and blade straightness are all determined by the care and skill exercised in quenching.
Sizing: The sori is adjusted if necessary, to set the point of balance and point of percussion, and de-scaled. Rough polishing is carried out to size the blade accurately. The 2 habaki blade collar is fitted. Finishing: Careful final polishing and fine finish work are carried out on the various surfaces to define ridgelines and bring out the beauty of the hamon.
Rough Forging: The blade is formed by hot forging a billet of high-carbon steel. The repeated hammering provides an even dispersion of carbon throughout the steel for uniform strength of the finished blade. Saya: The saya is carved from two pieces of wood to match the length, width, thickness and curvature of the finished blade. The two halves are then wrapped in cambric and lacquered numerous times. Final polishing gives the saya finish a high gloss.
Handle: The handle core is comprised of two pieces of hardwood carved to tightly fit onto the tang. Channels are carved into the sides to facilitate two panels of ray skin. The entire handle is then wrapped with high quality woven cotton while small paper triangles are used to help shape the wrap correctly.
The Menuki and Kashira are added during this process. Sageo: The sageo is typically woven of high quality cotton to match the handle wrap. In some cases, the sageo is still woven by hand see Paper Crane next page , this process requires many hours of skilled hand labor but allows thematic designs to be carried into the sageo. Assembly: Finally all the pieces can be assembled and the handle securely fastened to the tang. This is accomplished with the addition of two bamboo pegs through the handle and tang.
Katana Forging Process: This is an elegant display articulating the highly skilled process of forging and polishing a high carbon steel Katana blade.
Century original. Traditional iron fittings complement the rayskin same and Japanese cotton Tsuka-ito. The saya is finished in black lacquer. The power of the Odachi is amply demonstrated as James Williams slices through an 8-mat Goza with ease. Specially designed for the Odachi, our solid oak display stand provides an attractive and solid support.
This masterful production by Hanwei combines the elements of one of the four most popular Chinese classic novels, written in the 14th Century, with an elegantly crafted and superbly decorated Tachi. Our Tachi tells the story in a series of exquisitely detailed bas-relief panels on the sides of the Tsuka and Saya, held in place by retainers that are themselves lavishly decorated in a Chrysanthemum motif. The blade of the Tachi is no less outstanding — forged and folded from Swedish Powder Steel, with a hamon displaying elements of both notare and gunome, it is in itself a work of art.
Our Paper Crane Daisho is without doubt the greatest achievement in sword making artistry yet available from Hanwei. The Menuki feature thespian masks, a symbol shared by the Japanese theater and its western counterpart. The Saya of the katana houses a Kozuka small knife while that of the Wakizashi carries a Kogai hair pick The Kozuka and Kogai are decorated with musical instruments of the theater. The Paper Crane theme is carried to the outstanding handwoven silk Sageo, the result of many hours of skilled work on a hand loom.
Tamahagane steel is made by building and firing a Tatara, the traditional Japanese sword-steel smelter. The skin steel is forged and folded repeatedly, to remove slag inclusions and voids and is then wrapped around the core steel before the resulting billet is forged into a blade.
While this process results in the aesthetic qualities much admired by collectors it also produces a very functional blade, as the high carbon content of the skin steel makes a very hard edge possible while the softer core steel gives the blade its resilience and ability to absorb shock. Preying Mantis - L6 Bainite The Praying Mantis is a symbol of cunning and power in Japanese culture and is consequently a highly respected theme in Samurai swords.
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. 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.
Typical L6 analysis: Hanwei has now mastered this Carbon 0. Blades are forged Molybdenum 0. 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 blade features the geometry of our Performance Series for outstanding cutting ability. A unique combination of folklore and functionality. The folding process creates exceptional hada, or grain pattern, along the blade accentuated by the distinctive hamon. Saya are deeply lacquered in red, with a black ring-carved section at the mouth.
The ray skin used on the tsuka is of the highest quality, and the tsuka-ito on the Katana and Wakizashi and the sageo on all three pieces are woven from best quality Japanese silk.
The Fuchi, Kashira, Kojiri, Koiguchi and Kurigata are all made from blackened bronze, with decoration in relief and selective detailing of copper, silver and gold. The Tsuba of the Katana and Wakizashi, depicting the Kami, or Guardian Warriors, are made from hardened blackened copper, with decoration in relief and selective silver and gold detailing.
The Habaki is of two-piece construction, the inner section being copper and the outer section goldplated brass. Utilizing a hand forged and folded Performance Series katana blade of KC powder steel and some of the finest fittings available, the Tiger Elite Katana is equally at home as a cutting blade or showpiece. The tsuka is wrapped in superb Japanese cotton with the highest quality same available. The pierced iron tsuba features a powerful tiger stalking her next prey.
The saya is ribbed at the mouth and features a subtle inlaid bamboo leaf pattern near the kojiri. Each piece in the Tiger group has a hand-forged and folded KC powder steel blade with Bo-Hi and a short ko kissaki. Saya are deeply lacquered in black, with inlaid bamboo leaves.
The ray skin used on the tsuka is of the highest quality, and the tsuka-ito and sageo on all three pieces are woven from best quality Japanese cotton. The Fuchi, Kashira, Kojiri, Koiguchi and Kurigata are all made from blackened bronzed iron, selectively detailed in gold. The Tsuba of the Katana and Wakizashi are made from blackened iron, with a tiger inlaid in brass. The Habaki is of one-piece brass construction. Orchid Our Orchid set is as quick as it is beautiful with a relatively light blade of folded KC and striking koshirae.
The hamon is prominent and the hada shows distinct layers. High quality ray skin same is used on the tsuka, and the tsuka-ito and sageo on all three pieces are woven from premium Japanese cotton.
English 14th Century Dagger This dagger, a replica of a 14th Century dagger housed in the Royal Armouries, features a tempered high-carbon steel blade. The fittings are mild steel and the grip is Autumn Ginkgo Leaf Samurai Sword by Dragon King The symbolism of the ginkgo leaf for longevity is about as ancient as the tree itself as well as its nature of duality. Our Autumn Leaf Katana embodies In , the Samurai were banned from carrying their swords.
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The original Shinto enabled many sword enthusiasts to afforda purpose-built cutting sword for the first time, introducing many enthusiasts to the sport of Tameshigiri, andthe Silver Anniversary Shinto, featured on the covers and Page 14 of this catalog remains true to the basicdesign but features silver-plated fittings, advanced blade metallurgy and a stand unique to this sword. Also new to this catalog are the swords of two traditionally warring Ninja clans the Kouga and Iga,Page 38 that depart from the typical plain-Jane Ninja styling and will be welcomed by Ninjaphiles everywhere. The new Tactical Wak Page 37 is a modern version of the traditional Wakizashi, intended for seriousoutdoor use and protection — it will s ee a lot of use in the backwoods. R ee nactors will be excited about the new Hand-and-a-Half sword the Practical Bastard Sword,Page 71 , with its upgraded st ee l, great handling and new user-friendly scabbard styling.