This forged and folded Tiger katana is one of the higher end pieces of Paul
Chen's Hanwei forge.
The Tiger katana is crafted at the Hanwei forge of Paul Chen The Tiger group
(katana-wakizashi-tanto) boasts a blade of folded ASSAB K-120C powdered Swedish
steel. Forged in the maru-gitae style, the sword blade is tempered using the
traditional clay process dating from 700 A.D., producing a hard cutting edge
of 60 RC while maintaining the body of the blade at 40 RC hardness for resilience
and shock absorption.
The blades of all three pieces are grooved on both sides, with a short Kissaki
on the Katana and Wakizashi. The tsuba (guard) is a finely-rendered, sculpted
standing tiger of brass, with bamboo on the reverse side. The tsuka (grip) is
made of genuine top-grade ray skin-covered wood, attached securely to the nakago
(tang) with 2 bamboo pegs.
The tsuka-ito (grip wrapping) is Japanese premium black silk cord, wrapped
very tightly in the traditional pattern to display the ray skin and the menuki.
The saya is finished in gloss black lacquer. Other authentic details include
a multi-layered lacquer finished wood saya (scabbard), with a buffalo horn kojori
(end cap), koi-guchi (throat cap) and kuri-gata (wrapping cord eyelet).
A sword bag and the traditional sword maintenance kit are included.