The Hunter Katana is built on the Hanwei L6/Bainite blade in the Shinogi Zukuri style, and
featuring superb koshirae, the Hunter is a very desirable and functional piece.
The subdued green silk ito and green striped lacquered saya compliment the blackened tsuba
with golden accents, featuring a raptor stalking his next prey.
Bainite is a structure of high-carbon steel that combines great strength with excellent flexibility
and shock absorption characteristics. It has been known as an exemplary Katana blade component for a
number of years, but its use has been restricted to a few top-class master smiths due to the
difficulties involved in performing the exacting heat-treatment procedures necessary for the production
of a Bainite blade body in combination with the very hard Martensite Yakiba (edge section) required for Katana blades.
Hanwei has now mastered this difficult process, using billets of L-6 tool steel (a very tough high-carbon low-alloy steel)
as a starting point for this katana. Blades are forged and shaped in the normal way, then carefully heat-treated to
achieve the required Bainite and Martensite structures before final polishing.
The matching Hunter Wakizashi (Product no. SH2472) is also available to complete your collection.
Made by Hanwei.
– L6/Bainite blade
– Silk sageo
– Traditional construction
– Blade material: L6/Bainite
– Overall length: approx. 104.8 cm
– Blade length: approx. 70.2 cm
– Handle length: approx. 31.1 cm
– Weight: approx. 1247 g
– Point of balance: approx. 11.4 cm from the guard
– Manufacturer’s product no.: SH2471