The Katana of the Wind and Thunder set is designed specifically for the martial artist who needs a sword to meet the demands of heavy target cutting. The Katana features a heavier and thicker blade with traditional furniture and fittings. The Raiden tsuba is crafted in black iron and the fuchi and kashira feature a Tomoe motif . The tsuka is wrapped in genuine same (ray skin) and the tsuka-ito is premium Japanese black cotton. The saya is finished in a traditional black laquer with a black cotton sageo. The Katana is an excellent choice for batto-jutsu practitioners. See models SH5024 and SH5003 for the Wind and Thunder Wakizashi and Tanto.
Thick & Heavy Blade
Hand-forged High Carbon Steel Blade
Great for Tameshigiri
Blade Length: 29 1/2"
Handle Length: 11 3/4"
Weight: 3lb 5oz
Point of Balance: 7"
Width at Guard: 1.37"
Width at Tip: 1.18"
Thickness at Guard: .35"
Thickness at Tip: .3"
Price QualityMichaelThis is one hefty katana. Compared to your standard size sword this is thicker, broader and longer. It's a heavy, heavy cutter. But the interesting thing is that it handles like a charm. Look, if you're used to fast bo-hi katana that are balanced close to the tsuba, then this is probably a new experience for you. But if you've ever handled a no-hi performance cutter, you will appreciate the weight and feel of this thing. Once it's set in motion, it's not exactly easy to stop. And yet, I still feel like I have control mid-swing! Also gives off that satisfying high whooshing sound when you cut properly. If you practice in a silent environment, this is perfect feedback.
Negative points include some file marks on the fittings (or was that intended?), some imperfect diamonds on the tsuka-ito, and the kashira that is actually 1-2mm too small for the tsuka (looks like it was intended for a wak/tanto).
Other than that:
- everything fits tight, including the sword in the saya
- Hanwei sword maintenance kit included (plus a panel of wood to tighten the fit in the saya!)
- beautiful, BEAUTIFUL thick sword bag that reliably protects this shining star
- tsuka is thicker at tsuba and gets thinner toward kashira, which greatly improves the grip, in my view
Note: This seems to be the newer version, with the fake blackened shitodome built into the kashira, instead of actual, golden shitodome. However from what I've read, the new version handles a bit better, and the real shitodome actually used to torture your hand when gripping. So I'm quite happy overall.
Shipping to Austria was fast and unproblematic, support was swift and reliable. Thank you so much, Southern Swords!