Golden Oriole Katana


The elegantly simple lines of the Paul Chen / Hanwei Golden Oriole Katana have long been favored by admirers of the Japanese sword. 


It has been said that in simplicity lies great beauty, an axiom stunningly validated by the Golden Oriole Katana.

The story told by the stunning tsuba is of a mantis stealthily stalking the cricket, unaware that he is himself being stalked by the Golden Oriole. The deeply lacquered blue of the saya is repeated in the Japanese cotton tsuka-ito, and the Oriole appears again on the kashira. Unmistakably Hanwei quality, the 14" full-tang tsuka of the katana gives a superb balance to the sword, allowing it to move very quickly and very freely. 

Supplied with a protective cloth bag. This is a sharpened battle ready samurai sword. 

The Golden Oriole Japanese swords have a sharpened hand tempered steel blade. Genuine rayskin handle with blue Japanese cottoncord wrap.

Cast metal tsuba has an antique copper finish with brass and gold highlights depicting a mantis stalking a cricket, and he is unaware that he himself is being stalked by the Golden Oriole. 

It has a wooden scabbard with blue lacquer finish.

Each piece in the Golden Oriole series has a hand-forged 1065 high-carbon steel blade, differentially tempered using a traditional claying method. Edge hardness is 60HRC, back hardness 40HRC. 


Traditional construction
Full tang and battle ready sharp shinken
Blade Length: 69,21 cm, 27 1/4“
Handle Length: 35,56 cm, 13 3/4”
Overall Length:107,31 cm, 42 1/4"
Point of Balance: 10,16 cm
Sori: 3/4", 1,91 cm
Width at Guard: 2,95 cm  1.16"
Width at Tip: 2,16 cm, .85"
Thickness at Guard: 82mm, .32"
Thickness at Tip: 66 mm, .26"
Weight: 985 gram, 2lb 3oz

Piece from piece may slightly vary.


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