Hanwei Mercenary SwordHanwei Mercenary Sword2
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1566 Carbon Steel "Beater" Sword. MSRP $325
Permanently retiring from the store at midnight 3rd of August, EST.
The Mercenary is an imposing sword in the 15th century style. Paul Chen offers this sword with a triple-fullered blade, steel S-curve guard and scent stopper pommel. Supplied with a leather-covered belt scabbard.
Paul Chen swords are crafted in much the same way as swords were made centuries ago, except now the blades are forged from high-carbon spring steel. The blade finish is far from being polished agian more closley replicating what the medieval swordsmith was able to achieve. Except as noted the grips are leather covered hardwood. Fittings are either steel or solid brass. These swords will appeal to the re-enactor who wants a sword with the same appearance as the originals.
Previously this sword was made in the Philippines by Cas Iberia but the current incarnation is Made in China by the Hanwei Forge itself.
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Featured positive reviews:
I bought this sword because it was the only one from this series that was historically accurate (Type XX). Handles really well, factory edge is terrible and very uneven. Sharpened it up in about 30 minutes and now it cuts water bottles like a hot knife through butter. Really well built. But it doesn't come very sharp out of the box.
Scabbard is boring looking but does the job. I have customized the handle using the tutorials on SBG, now has a brown cord wrap and looks so much better. In the process of making it a new scabbard. By the time I am finished it might not be an Albion but I doubt anyone will recognize it as a Hanwei beater! If the edge was better finished I would have given it 5 stars for the price, handling and overall build quality.
Featured negative reviews:
At first glance sword looks beautiful, blade is straight,has an acceptable polish for its price, lighter than expected and is nice and nimble,everything feels tight so for my first real midevilish sword its cool. Now as for cutting i havnt done any yet due to couple reasons,dont wanna harm new sword,the edge geometry isnt straight or even which means the person at the grinder didnt care just wanted to move on but at the price i wasnt expecting Excalibur but atleast alot better than the common wall hanger edge, and finally blade wasnt oiled at all not even dryed on residue...i dont think id ever trust this thing from falling apart if i moved up from water containers so i will call this a sword but i will use as a wall hanger
Our responseFactory edge on these is indeed a quick grind job, but in my opinion and in the opinion of many collectors, the edge is the least important thing on a sword - its handling, speed x force and the hardness of the steel versus the target that does most of the actual cutting. It's the only sword from this series that is good enough for our store, but the review is not unfair (though 3 stars would probably have been fairer when you factor in the price - and the fact that they re a LOT stronger than you give them credit for..)