I’m selling a used Hanwei/ Paul Chen 25th Anniversary Shinto Katana. While there is a certificate with this sword, the number printed on it does not match the number inscribed on the nakago.
The Certificate, habaki and bag states it’s #54 of 250 while the nakago is marked with the number 50. The sword and blade are completely legit and there was a mix up made at the factory.
Other than that, the sword looks great. The blade seems like it has never been used to cut with as there are no horizontal scratches in the monouchi area, just some light scuffs near habaki from drawing. There are a couple of scuff marks in the “frosty hamon”, which I’ve found after owning and seeing many Hanwei blades, is pretty common. This does not affect the actual hamon at all, it’s purely cosmetic in the etch.
The finish on the silver plated habaki is rubbing off and maybe a bit on the seppa too. The ito is tight but looks like it has been lightly handled. The top mekugi is newly made out of bamboo and the bottom one is made of Delrin. The tsuka is in good shape with no cracks or splits.
Blade Length: 27″
Handle Length: 11″
Weight: 2lb 5oz
Blade Steel: HWS-1S
The sword comes with a decorated genuine silk sageo (possibly not original) and sword bag.
Original Ad copy from Cas Iberia’s website:
“Our Silver Anniversary Shinto katana is undoubtedly one of the most collectible pieces ever offered by CAS Hanwei. Not only is this one of Hanwei’s most attractive swords but, to celebrate CAS’s 25th anniversary, the certificated edition is limited to just 250 pieces.
Based on the original Shinto katana, the first sword ever produced for CAS by Hanwei by Paul Chen , this Anniversary Edition features the same koshirae (fittings) but in a silver plate finish, highlighting details not previously evident. The blade, while maintaining similar geometry, has under- gone radical changes in metallurgy and heat treating. It now features Hanwei’s own high-alloy HWS-1S steel and a heat treating regimen that produces a Tamahagane-like hardness distribution across the blade section with a very attractive Choji-style hamon.
The saya is deeply lacquered in black and is complemented by a hand woven sageo unique to this katana. The black sword bag is embroidered in silver with the same Kanji and the sword’s limited edition number. A signed and numbered authenticating certificate is supplied with each piece.”
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