Paul Chen katana
Learn about the masterpieces of Paul Chen the sword maker
Chen Chao-Po, or Paul Chen, was a young man already fascinated with bladewares. As he was growing up in his hometown in Taiwan, the appeal of solid and mute bladed weapons was something he came to appreciate. So much was his fascination to swords that he himself became a sword maker.
What started out as a simple hobby became a fulltime job. He began putting samurai swords for sale. Hobbyists like himself caught up the fancy and placed orders.
As his reputation grew, and as his products became a rage and were shipped to the four corners of the world, he supplied the ever-increasing demand for custom-made katana swords for sale by establishing Dalian Hanwei Metal Co. Ltd. in 1993.
Manufacturing Paul Chen Swords
Hanwei’s pioneering product line was a group of weapons often called Paul Chen katana swords. The business strategy paid off well, especially when Japanese animation shows and the popularity of samurai games attracted legions of enthusiasts all over the world. It catered to what was then an underground cult enchanted by the ways of samurai soldiers.
In the 90’s, the rage on samurai swords were such that Japanese martial arts were rediscovered and schools dedicated to katana training sprung up. Paul Chen katana swords were traded, bartered, and acquired in volumes. They became soon standard practice swords in many schools.
From the start, Hanwei’s appeal was its nostalgic touch on metallurgy. The company did not mass-produce blades in a purely commercial standpoint. Rather, they attached a stroke of authenticity by introducing traditional Japanese sword-making to the manufacturing processes, including the manual how to sharpen katana.
For instance, Paul Chen swords were forged from the folded process (kitae) similar to how the katana was made by ancient Japanese blacksmiths. It’s a complicated smelting of two iron blocks of different carbon content, folding them many times to produce toughness to the blade and shiny patterns on its surface.
Paul Chen swords are also fitted with many historical replicas on katana sword accessories. These items could range from the wall display stands where katana swords are laid when not in use, bound bamboo or rattan or metal strips wound upon the grip, and other such oriental decorations.
Hawei Sword Products
Paul Chen as a sword maker relies heavily on the katana history as an inspiration. The result is a range of battle ready, original katana products that are not only historically correct, but also affordable and easy to be acquired. for more information, read what is a katana sword.
• Tameshigiri sword or the practical katana is the most famous among Chen swords family. It features rock bottom price and a sturdy blade for a beginner’s tameshigiri (cutting exercises).
• Iaido sword or forged katana is a medium-priced weapon great for deep cutting exercise (iado). It is sometimes called shinken, as it is battle ready.
• Forged and folded katana is the priciest of the Chen sword family. It is heaviest, and is therefore considered a collector’s item than a weapon for martial arts practice.
Variety of Paul Chen Swords
Hanwei also features katana fantasy swords. For example, it has released Zen-inspired weapons. The Praying Mantis sword for example reveres the qualities of the insect: its power to beguile, to be still, and shrewdness. Other examples of Zen-inspired variety includes the Tiger Elite, Orchid, Three-Monkey, Wind and Thunder, Tsunami, Golden Oriole, Tea Culture, and Daisho katanas.
Finally, Hanwei is also playing tribute to the genius of ancient Japanese sword makers and swordsmen. It has products that bear their name, with authentic scabbards, hilts, guard, and grip. Examples of this type are the Musashi katana and Miyamoto katana (after the greatest Japanese samurai Miyamoto Musashi).