Raptor Moroha Zukuri Katana
Hanwei Raptor Moroha Zukuri Katana hand forged in 5160 carbon steel and specially heat treated with very high resilience and greater tolerance than a conventional differential hardened samurai sword.
Forged in the Kissaki Moro Ha Zukuri style, the blade design of the Moroha Zukuri Katana is based on a Tachi blade believed to have been forged around 800 AD by the smith Amakuni, though many similar blades have been produced in later Japanese history. The style is seen as a link between the old Ken straight swords and the curved Tachi (and later Katana). The style is unusual in having a back edge on the top half of the blade, with fullers starting where this edge finishes and continuing to the hilt. We have deliberately left this edge unsharpened for the benefit of Iaido practitioners used to working with more conventional blade styles. With a blade length of just 26-3/8”, this sword is very quick and is ideal for multiple cuts in light targets.
The blade is forged in 5160 high-carbon steel and specially heat treated, marquenched to an edge hardness of 57HRC to produce very high resilience and greater tolerance of misdirected cuts than a conventional differentially tempered blade. This steel structure also avoids the need for excessive thickness, allowing the blades to replicate the weight and handling characteristics of Japanese originals. The edge geometry is configured to facilitate the cutting of both soft and semi-hard materials without chipping, allowing the cutter a wide choice of targets.
The tang or nakago is full length and double pegged with a wood core tsuka and genuine rayskin (same) with a non-stretched sueded wrap. The fittings are blacked iron in raptor motif. A scabbard of saya from wood with non-fingerprinting textured lacquered finish.
Historical blade style
Designed by James Williams
Overall: 38 3/4", 98,43 cm
Blade Length: 26 1/2", 67,31 cm
Handle Length: 11", 27,94 cm
Weight: 2lb 5oz, 1041 gram
Blade Steel: 5160 Steel
Specs will vary slightly from piece to piece.