Paul Chen Praying Mantis Review

One of the newest creations of the folks at the Hanwei forge, the Praying Mantis Katana. Although I didn’t immediately felt in love when I took the sword out of the box, it definitely had ‘something’ which I admired. I just didn’t figured out what…. The blade is the part of the sword that has least of my interest. I just don’t like the finish of this blade, it’s too dark for my taste but perhaps that’s because of the fact that the famous L6 / Bainite steel is used to forge it. One

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A 'special' Hanwei Naginata came in today.

As the end of the year is coming closer we’re feeding our stock in order to get everybody happy :D Among some other stuff that arrived today there was this beautiful Hanwei Naginata. We had some of them before but none of them could match this piece here. In Hanwei’s catalog, they describe it as a “hand forged 1065 high carbon steel weapon” and there’s nothing said about folding the blade. But it looks like this one here is folded because it really shows a kind of pattern that you can’t

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Paul Chen Practical Katana

For all the folks out there who are not sure which sword is suitable for their needs, we decided to make a small guide. In the first articles we will discuss Paul Chen’s swords range and we will begin with the practical Series. Tree years ago, there were only 2 models available, the practical katana and the practical plus katana. Later on they added the Practical Pro katana and last year the new “cutting models” came on the market. Practical Katana The practical katana is a great sword if

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Some new Paul Chen swords arrived…

I almost forgot about that with all the other things that are going on here..but more than a half year ago we ordered some of the new Paul Chen katana. And gues what we received today in our Hanwei delivery…..yeps..the first batch of the new Paul Chen swords. We didn’t get all of them..’only’ 3 different models but that’s better than nothing after such a long time :D Just consider this as a ‘preview’ photo shoot..which was taken inside again since the weather didn’t allow us to go

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Paul Chen folded steel Bushido Katana

I must admid that this authentic japanese katana is a bit more ‘flashy’ than most of the other katanas from Paul Chen’s Hanwei forge but personally…I still like the overall look of this sword. Ok it’s more a collector piece rather than a katana for practising but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used for that. It features a nice folded blade with a good visible hada and quit sharp. The dark brown color that is used to ‘theme’ this shinken, together with the battlefield scenes that

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Momo No Saru Katana

Monday..time to work again and I have no idea how about the weather at your place but It’s raining again here. Lucky for all of us (who’re like to see nice pictures..) that yesterday, there was a lot of sun so I took some more swords out to ‘shoot’ them. I’m just happy we don’t carry 100 different kind of katana because it’s a lot of work to make those pics. Yes, you can thank me because I did it on my ‘day off’ :D This 'battle ready katana' , the Momo No saru or translated in

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