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About Hanwei

Hanwei by Paul Chen has become the largest selling brand of both decorative and functional Japanese swords in the world today. (“Hanwei” is the name for the Dalian Forge in China where Paul Chen produces his work). A humble and discerning craftsman, Mr. Chen (whose Chinese name, 'Chen Chao-Po' means, “morning wave”) began making swords at the age of eight. Initially desiring to increase the collection of antique swords left to him by his grandfather, Chen eventually turned his passion to making swords full time over the past thirty years.

After initially studying the techniques of both Japanese and Chinese masters, he assembled a team of experts in forging, polishing, heat-treating, and furnishing blades. His team reflects his obsession with quality and honor for the ancient tradition of sword making and now has started training the next generation of Hanwei craftsmen.  Mr. Chen is a consummate perfectionist, always striving to increase the beauty and durability of the sword lines he personally tests for quality.

Paul Chen's swords have gained widespread respect in the sword market at large for being reasonably priced yet high-quality products. Chen is also renowned for improving each iteration of a sword after careful testing and user feedback. His swords are particularly known for their cutting capabilities (in his practical Katana line, for example) yet feature a fixed handle to keep the blade secure. Chen therefore provides the warrior-enthusiast with authenticity and safety in one sword, demonstrating his dedication to improving overall customer satisfaction.

Although Chen katanas are initially polished by machine, final polishing is accomplished in the traditional manner by his team of swordsmiths. In fact, although there are a few power hammers in Chen's workshop, most work is done the old-fashioned way via anvils and hammers.

His katanas are made of various high carbon steels (depending on their application), with forging techniques designed to improve grain orientation to further strengthen each sword. Chen's traditional claying methods also make his swords nearly impossible to break in competition or cutting exercises.

Although Chen has occasionally faced criticism from extreme sword enthusiasts over various aspects of his forging process, Chen ignores the spotlight to focus on providing high-quality and reasonably priced swords for the general marketplace. Overall he is greatly respected for his dedication to bring swords forged in the ancient tradition to a modern generation who can afford his work.

Today, the names Hanwei and its founder, Paul Chen, engender an image of fine functional swords and historical weaponry. Based in Dalian, China, Hanwei manages to combine traditional craftsmanship with modern tooling and metallurgy, in a way that enables it to supply a world-wide market while meeting or exceeding the quality of custom-made products.

Paul Chen grew up in Taiwan where, as a young man, he developed an ongoing fascination for swords and knives. Largely unable to afford antique and custom-made pieces he became a custom maker himself, enjoying success in this field in both Asia and the U.S. In 1991 he decided to become a full-time manufacturer and moved to Dalian, the “Steel City” of northern China, where he knew that he could find talented artisans capable of being trained as first-class sword and knife makers.

Early endeavors largely took the form of making knives and components for major knife companies, but by 1993 the company was ready to start trading under its own banner and Dalian Hanwei Metal Co. Ltd. (Hanwei) was formed. The early trainees became team leaders and then departmental managers as the company grew, forming a strong team at the core of operations.

Hanwei’s early sword experience was with Samurai swords, which still remain the cornerstone of the product range. A little-known facet of the company’s business is its Samurai sword restoration facility, where, over the years, many damaged and neglected pieces from the old masters have been restored to their former glory. The company has gained a tremendous base of knowledge in construction and metallurgical techniques from these historical pieces, and has employed this knowledge to consistently enhance the quality and authenticity of its own swords. Hanwei’s Samurai swords are now regarded as state of the art, and offer the martial artist and collector an unparalleled opportunity to own a fine quality sword.

With assistance from its distribution partners, Hanwei started to introduce European-style swords into its line in the mid-1990’s. These swords rapidly gained popularity with collectors, re-enactors and historical fencers throughout the world and the line expanded rapidly to cover the diverse needs of this market. At the same time Hanwei started to expand its line of knives which also have a historical flavor; as evidenced by the popular line of antique Bowie knife replicas.

A move to a large, purpose-built facility in 2002 provided much-needed space and improvements in efficiency. Today, Hanwei’s three hundred plus employees produce over six hundred items in the sword, knife and historical weaponry fields and are continuously developing new products involving more complex techniques and advanced metallurgy.

Today Paul Chen’s son Ron is following in his father’s footsteps and becoming very much a part of the Hanwei story. Ron, who has studied under Japanese legend Yoshindo Yoshihara, is the driving force behind Hanwei’s Tamahagane and Bainite blade development. Ron’s own blades illustrate his deep appreciation for the art of the Japanese sword and are sure to become collector pieces.


More information on Paul Chen located here.

 


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