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Thread: Hanwei Shinto Katana review.

  1. #1
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    Hanwei Shinto Katana review.

    Hi all!

    After getting a Shinto Katana for myself,
    I thought I would share my findings with
    the people here, as reference.

    First things first. Unpacking.

    After recieving my sword, I was impressed with the
    amount of packing and the build of the box.

    I can say it is to be expected for a mid end
    sword manufacturer.

    Next, I would keep the vacuum handy as your
    cleaning kit will be saturated with blade
    polish.
    I vacumes completly, once still, the ball does
    not leak polish.

    Be carefull to keep the thin layer of Balza wood
    as this will be handy is your Saya ever gets loose. It will
    be used (at leat small pieces) to line
    the inner part of the Saya to make it tight again.

    Now, on to the sword.

    It is a nice piece:



    The Saya is very well laquered, but the finish
    is fragile. If you look at it too hard, you will scratch it.



    The blade is well made and fit and finish is without flaw.

    Everything fits well and nothing seems out of place.

    The hilt cotton pattern is well made, tight
    and does not shift.

    Real Ray skin covers the wood of the hilt
    and its a good medium as it does not
    slip, even if wet with humidity or sweat.



    The Tsuka is also well made, robust
    and two tone.



    The hitl is tight, with no pay whatsoever.

    Another thing I like a lot is that all parts are
    steel, brass or wood. No syntetic material was used.

    Even the cross pins are bamboo.

    Impressive is the blade. It is both very strait,



    with a nice Sori



    This picture also demonstrate that the Yokote is real.
    Its not just for show. The blade point starts at the Yokote and finished in a razor
    sharp point.

    Another point is the COB:


    Its about 5 inches off the Tsuka, which makes
    a good balanced sword.

    It feels light and agile in the hand, and lenght is
    OK for just about all situations.

    I would say that its a little heavy for Kata, but
    I trust it in cutting.

    Unfortunatly, I dont have pix of what I cut,
    but for example, the shipping carton was shed to pieces
    with no effort.
    Also, my neibourgh trimmed his shrubs
    and 2 inch Chevrefeuil was cut with no
    effort.

    I can only imagine going through 4 inches of Maple,
    but it seems very probable.

    Finally, I did a polish upgrade:



    So I hope you likes my review, please post any questions you may have!


  2. #2
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    Nice. Are you going to take any training and use this?

    Jim Swanson

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    Good review, and very attractive sword.

    Although my interest lies in the medievil euro swords, I do apreciate katana's, and if I ever get one, the Shinto seems like a good choice.

    Thanks again for the review.
    'I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand, has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye.
    I do not shoot with my hand; he who shoots with his hand, has forgotten the face of his father. I shoot with my mind.
    I do not kill with my weapon; he who kills with his weapon, has forgotten the face of his father........
    I kill with my heart.'

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    Thank you for the review

    Hello Pierre,

    I like this sword very much and appreciate your time and effort to review it for us. My question is: Where did you purchase your Shinto from?

    Thanks,

    Mike
    DEUS - PATRIA - FAMILIA - HONOUR

  5. #5
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    Re: Thank you for the review

    Originally posted by Mike Fletcher
    Hello Pierre,

    I like this sword very much and appreciate your time and effort to review it for us. My question is: Where did you purchase your Shinto from?

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Thank you all for the reviews of my review

    First, I will be attending Kenjustu classes
    in the fall. I hame a Bamboo Katana from
    Hanwei on the way, and will brobably
    add a Bugei Bamboo and, if they are willing,
    a Bugei Orchid Katana.
    I just love the Orchid so maybe, if I wait for it, they could do a custom
    to their high standards...

    I ourchased this sword from thebestblade.com

    Though my transaction was flawless
    and quite interesting, they are raising
    their prices, so I might turn to
    www.j-armory.com as recommended
    by Shadow of Leaves.

    They are stringent in selection and the cheapest available.

    Kind of a win-win situation.

    I will be posting reviews of my Bamboo and Practical Kung-Fu as I recieve them.

    Thank you, and good night!

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