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MakotoDojo
23rd December 2008, 15:17
Hello,

I needed some help.

What is the difference?

Paul Chen Classic Steel: http://www.nihonzashi.com/iaito_classic.aspx

Paul Chen Forged Steel:
http://www.nihonzashi.com/iaito_forged.aspx


Much thanks.

pgsmith
23rd December 2008, 16:07
What's in a name? :)

Actually, the name has nothing at all to do with the steel. Both sword series are made from exactly the same steel. The words classic and forged refer to the sword series. The "classic steel iaito" are the original steel iaito series that the Hanwei forge produced. The "forged steel iaito" are a series of Hanwei's usually carbon steel swords that are made with blunt stainless blades instead.

Personally, I really don't care much for Hanwei's iaito. Japanese made alloy iaito feel tons better as far as balance, fit, and finish in my opinion.

MakotoDojo
23rd December 2008, 20:41
What's in a name? :)

Actually, the name has nothing at all to do with the steel. Both sword series are made from exactly the same steel. The words classic and forged refer to the sword series. The "classic steel iaito" are the original steel iaito series that the Hanwei forge produced. The "forged steel iaito" are a series of Hanwei's usually carbon steel swords that are made with blunt stainless blades instead.

Personally, I really don't care much for Hanwei's iaito. Japanese made alloy iaito feel tons better as far as balance, fit, and finish in my opinion.

I am under the assumption that neither of these are sharp and that the forged are actually his cutters shipped dulled.

pgsmith
7th January 2009, 18:36
While you are correct that neither of them are sharp, both series are made of stainless, so they aren't the standard cutting sword made dull. they do, however, come in the standard cutting swords koshirae.