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Hanwei Raptor Series: Shobu Zukuri Katana

Availability: In stock

Regular Price: $649.00

Special Price $486.75

Quick Overview

The Raptor Shobu-Zukuri(Iris Leaf) blade has an elegant shape and powerful cutting ability. Notable for the absence of a Yokote transition, this blade design became popular during the Nanbokucho era (1336 ~1392 AD) and its popularity continued into the Muromachi period.

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The Raptor Shobu-Zukuri(Iris Leaf) blade has an elegant shape and powerful cutting ability. Notable for the absence of a Yokote transition, this blade design became popular during the Nanbokucho era (1336 ~1392 AD) and its popularity continued into the Muromachi period.

Designed under the auspices of cutting master James Williams the Raptor series has been created for the cutting practitioner who does not necessarily have access to mats but who wishes to practice and perfect his cutting technique. The blades are forged in 5160 high-carbon steel and specially heat treated to produce very high resilience and greater tolerance of misdirected cuts than a conventional differentially tempered blade. This steel structure also avoids the need for excessive thickness, allowing the blades to replicate the weight and handling characteristics of Japanese originals. The edge geometry is configured to facilitate the cutting of both soft and semi-hard materials without chipping, allowing the cutter a wide choice of targets.

Construction Details

Blades - Forged from 5160 high-carbon steel, marquenched to an edge hardness of 57HRc.
Tangs (Nakago) - Full length, double pegged.
Ferrules (Habaki) - Brass.
Handles (Tsuka) - Wood core, genuine rayskin (Same), special non-stretch sueded wrap (Tsuka-ito) for firm grip and wear resistance. Raptor feathers hilt ornaments (Menuki).
Guards (Tsuba) - Traditional blackened iron, Raptor motif.
Fittings (Fuchi/Kashira) - Blackened steel, Raptor motif.
Scabbards (Saya) - Wood, non-fingerprinting textured lacquer finish.

Specifications

SPECIFICATION METRIC IMPERIAL
Overall Length 1092mm 43"
Blade Length 737mm 29"
Handle Length 330mm 13"
Weight 1.22 Kg 2 lbs 11 oz
Point of Balance
Width at Guard
Width at Tip
Thickness at Guard
Thickness at Tip
Blade Steel 5160
Specifications will vary slightly from piece to piece.