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Practical XL Light Katana

CODE: SH6000LPF


List price: $365.00  

Price: $328.49

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The Practical Katanas have always been at the forefront of providing economical yet functional swords to the martial arts community. Designed for quicker cuts in heavier targets, these Practical XL Lights combine the blade geometries and profiles of the Performance Series with the affordability of our Practical fittings. The blades in the cutting styles are forged from 1566 steel and differentially hardened in the traditional manner, producing an edge hardness of HRC60 and spine hardness of HRC40. The tsuka is tightly wrapped with imitation leather in the tradtional style to provide a positive grip that will withstand years of tameshigiri practice.

Overall: 40 1/2”
Blade Length: 28 ½”
Handle Length: 11"
Weight: 2lb 9oz
Point of Balance: 5 1/2"
Width at Guard: 1.45"
Width at Tip: 1.06"
Thickness at Guard: .27"
Thickness at Tip: .18"
Sori: 3/4"

* Performance XL Light Blade Geometry * Differentially Tempered * Built for Martial Artists

The Performance Series is the culmination of years of study of the optimum blade designs for today's martial artists. Four distinct variations are available, each optimized for a particular discipline or cutting application. The laito is an unedged training blade, available in three different lengths, for use in drawing practice and Kata. Its correctly-weighted and balanced steel blade prepares the student for advanced work with live blades. The blade geometry and physical characteristics of each of the Tameshigiri (cutting practice) blades are tailored towards different targets. The Elite Katana's blade is a little wider and a little thicker than its traditional counterpart, allowing for easier cuts on normal targets, while that of the Katana XL is significantly wider, for use in cutting heavy targets. The Katana XL Light has the XL's profile but is provided with Bo-hi, reducing the weight to the point where double cuts are possible but clean cuts on heavier targets may still be made.

XL Light: Competitive Cutting / Light Weight
The XL Light blades feature the same geometry as those of the XL but incorporate deeply cut grooves (bo-hi) to reduce the weight of the blade while retaining most of it’s strength and cutting ability. This weight reduction makes for a quicker sword, well adapted for multiple cuts in lighter targets.