Paul Chen is a Chinese sword enthusiast who opened a production line in Dalian. He fabricated modest reproductions of Edo period Japanese swords. Now Hanwie are one of the greatest sword producer in the business. With more than 350 representatives at their Dalian facility alone. Chen’s manufacturing procedure copies the traditional sword making processes, but are priced considerably lower than traditional made Japanese swords. Paul Chen Hanwei swords are sold in the United States by C.A.S. Iberia, Inc. Chen also, uses various approved merchants to distribute to consumers.
A large portion of the data about these swords came from different sword forums. A couple of senior sword collecting individuals who wrote bad reviews about these swords were saying these swords were garbage. They said “if you want an authentic Japanese sword you would be better off saving a few thousand pounds and buying the real thing”. Yet, it appeared that numerous individuals who purchased a Hanwei sword considered them to be a great buy and excellent value for money.
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Hanwei Best Sword
The sword that most people consider to be the best is the Hanwei practical plus Katana (PPK). The practical plus katana has a cost of around £250. (Hanwei sword prices range from around £80 and upwards. For the top of the line models you should expect to pay up to £2,000. You could go for the cheaper version, the Hanwei practical katana which is slightly lower in value, but not as well made as the PPK. The PPK is made with more traditional fittings and can be fully disassembled for cleaning purposes.
There is a more expensive version called the practical pro katana, but again like the practical katana it has cheap fittings. When you first remove the PPK from its saya you will notice how sharp the blade actually is. So, if you are wondering how sharp, let me tell you, “VERY SHARP”. The PPK has the sharpness of an authentic Japanese sword, making it absolutely deadly.
The PPK comes with an acid etched hamon line, which is a bit of a drawback as it stops the beauty of the true temper line showing through. However, it still looks neat and tidy. The PPK comes with a real ray skin wrapped tsuka, copper fittings and brass menuki. Although the tsuka-Ito is not genuine leather it still feels nice to the touch and is not as harsh on the hand. The heaviness of this sword is perfect at 1.1 kg, which is lighter than the first generation PKK. Some people may argue that Hanwei are saving money by thinning there blades, others say it’s to make the sword more balanced. On the other hand, people say the swords balancing point is a little too close to the handle at around four inches. Ideally six inches would be sufficient on this sword.
So, without further ado let’s have a look at the results from the first cut tests with this Hanwei sword. The excellent water filled plastic bottle test, a most loved procedure prevalent with sword and blade devotees. Presently, as you are most probably aware, these targets are not the easiest targets to cut. If you have ever hit a water filled bottle with a sword that is not sufficiently sharp, you will already know that the effect is truly jostle. Not at all like some European style swords, which can deal with big water containers easily. Smaller water containers will tend to fly through the air when struck and are left with nothing more than a small dent.
Not the case with the Hanwei practical katana. Tests show the sword sliced through small bottles so easily that the impact can barely be felt. If not for the bottle being in half and the water all over the floor. You would swear you had actually missed. The water bottles were no match for the katana. Not even a row of water bottles could stop this blade. Slicing through with little effort and devastating effects.
What was truly needed in this cut test is something that would reveal just how perfect the cut from this Hanwei sword really was. So, to accomplish this a couple lengths of river cane bamboo were used. The bamboo was placed in the ground about one foot deep. It was sliced on a downward angle using the speed and heaviness of the sword to accomplish the cut. The bamboo stick didn’t stand a chance. On inspection where the sword made contact with cane. It was clear exactly how sharp and destructive Hanwei swords truly are.
For the next test something a little more tougher was needed. Something that would genuinely figure out whether these Hanwei swords were really deserving of being called “practical”. Instead of a tatami mat a wooden roller blind was used with a bamboo cane running through the middle. It was made up to the same thickness of a pig’s leg. Because of the thickness a good hard powerful swing was executed, in fact the powerful swing was unnecessary. Tests show the sharp edge passed effortlessly and neatly through the object and out the other side with no effort.
Obviously, the edge had no damage, proving just how sharp these Hanwei swords truly are. There has been various other cut tests like the ones above, and on all tests Hanwei swords always perform better than expected. Some of the cheaper Hanwei swords are rumored to be poorly made. It is not uncommon to find one sword in every batch to be faulty. This may be due to the sheer volume of swords being produced. They are the swords that normally end up on Ebay. Because the person who bought one did not do their homework. That’s why we recommend buying the PPK from a reputable dealer like, Swords 24. Rather than Ebay, which is flooded with lookalikes and faulty swords.
So, it is particularly critical when purchasing Hanwei swords online not to go on cost alone. The vendors who stock them at near wholesale cost are offering seconds or imperfect blades. The swords should have been examined and sent back to the industrial facility according to Hanwei’s standard arrangement with their wholesalers.