The Raptor series is Paul Chen / Hanwei's line of test-cutting focused swords and this is the wakizashi to match them. The blades are forged 5160 high-carbon steel heat treated to produce very high resilience and greater tolerance of misdirected cuts than a conventionally tempered blade. 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. Tatami mats are, of course, the test-cutting (tameshigiri) target of choice, but the raptor series blades are equally suited to tameshigiri on soda bottles, pool noodles, flying pizza boxes, heavy cardboard, and other cutting targets that are more easily available to the modern practitioner.
This wakizashi matches the Raptor Shobu Zukuri katana, the Raptor Unokubi Zukuri katana , the Raptor Shinogi Zukuri katana, and the Raptor tanto.
length: 26 3/4"
blade width: 1 1/4" at hibaki
blade width: 7/8" at 2" from tip
tsuka: 6 1/2"
tsuba: 3 1/4"
balance point: 3 1/2"
weight (sword): 1 lb 10.2 oz
weight (sword and saya): 1 lb 1.5 oz