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RAPTOR Series Shinogi-Zukuri Katana (Entrance-Level)
Review & Cutting Test Hans Fricke Kyoshi, February 2010
Having read much about the Raptor's quality and cutting-power on the Internet and for having been specially designed for tameshigiri, we could not resist to buy a couple of those katana for general dojo use, and with a price tag of just under AU$500, we thought 'What the hell - let's do it". So, did we make the right decision?
The Raptor comes with a sword bag, a sageo and a couple of info sheets; how to make the habaki fit into the koiguchi and one on general blade maintenance and an other giving general info on Hanwei products.
main cutting area of blade
The Yokote dividing line,
After having re-worked/polished the original factory machine finished surface of the blade to an acceptable standard, the blade performed surprisingly well
should have a distinct visual line without any physical protuberance (6) & (6a).
During any mechanised sharpening process this bulge could lift a tool just a fraction off the cutting edge leaving a blunt area on either side of the yokote; evident also on all the other Raptor blades we purchased.
, a blade's rounded convex profile.
In case of the Raptor Shinogi Zukuri model niku is somewhat over-pronounced. This makes itself felt when cutting into soft target material and, with the blade's machine finish, it becomes very difficult to get a clean cut through a single tatami-omote. On the other hand, cutting through hard material like green bamboo, the blade performs reasonably well.
In comparison; an other blade in a similar price range had a well defined and clean shinogi line. (2a)