The Practical Katanas have always been at the forefront of providing economical yet functional swords to the martial arts community. These latest Practicals combine the blade geometries and profiles of the Performance Series with the affordability of the Practical fittings. The blades in the cutting styles are forged from 1566 steel and differentially hardened in the traditional way producing an edge hardness of HRC60 and spine hardness of HRC40. The removable handle is tightly wrapped in the tradtional style with imitation leather to provide a positive grip that will withstand years of tameshigiri practice. 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. Features: - High-Carbon Blade - Performance Series XL Light Blade - Built for Martial Artists Specifications: - Overall length: 40 " - Blade length: 28 " - 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"