Hanwei Oni Katana
QUESTION: Hey Paul. Again, I want to say thank you for answering my previous questions from before. Keep up the good work on helping everyone out. My question now is about the Hanwei Oni Katana. Link: http://www.hanweishop.com/proddetail.php?prod=SH6018KLG
Is it worth the money? I know its a L6/Bainite steel and I heard wonderful stories about the steel. But I want to know if it's better then the bugei line of katanas (samurai, crane, bamboo, etc..)? Since the bugei line also range in the thousand dollar range. I have also heard of Howard Clark and he makes the best L6 steel blades and they cost around $7000 and more. I just want to know if this $1669 oni katana L6/Bainite is also good enough to own and practice with and that is comparable to howard clarks blades. hope you answer soon, thanks for everything and keep up the great business.ANSWER:
You know, I think I am about as curious as everyone else about this particular sword...
Howard Clarks L6 blades are tried and tested, and have been around for years. But the thing with L6 is it isn't just the steel, it is the heat treatment that is critical - and no-one that I know seems to have taken the plunge and bought one to put it through its paces.
It is a bit out of my personal price range for a destructive test, but if no-one else does it - well, I might look into it down the track... ;-)
But yeah, the short answer is - no-one really seems to know yet. Time, and some demanding tests, will be the only way to know for sure...
Hope this helps.