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The Raptor Shobu-Zukuri (Iris Leaf) Katana 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.
Raptor Series Katana Details
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.
Each katana in the series features a unique blade style, each with its origins in Japanese swordmaking history, providing the cutting practitioner with choices in both aesthetics and handling characteristics.
Raptor Series 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.
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Featured positive reviews:
This is my first, probably of many, sword purchases. So I am in now way an expert. Having said that, I couldn't be happier with the purchase! I bought a "seconds" or blem of this model, and the defects are not detectable unless you know where to look (hanwei/SBG listed exactly where the defect was) and besides, I am not using it for show.
When I first pulled it out of the box, I was immediately impressed with the fit and finish, especially at this price. The blade is sharp, but not so sharp you have to be fearful of handling it. It is a bit heavier that I imagined it would be,(advertised at 2 lbs, 11 oz, but feels like it's actually over 3 lbs) but the longer Tsuka adds enough leverage to offset the weight.
I ordered it on the first of July, and when it hadn't shown up by the 6th, I emailed them. I heard back from Hanwei on the morning of the seventh, and the sword arrived on the 7th. So the shipping was fast, and so was the response from customer service.
Overall, I am very pleased with this Raptor Katana as a first sword purchase.