The Practical Plus XL Katana provides a very economical cutting sword as dependable as the Practical XL Katana, but using more traditional fittings and construction methods. The blade is forged and differentially hardened (HRC60 edge, HRC40 back) and the hamon is prominent. The Practical Plus features genuine Same (Rayskin) on the Tsuka, with a tightly-woven cotton wrap (Tsuka-Ito). The long tang is double-pegged for security. The fittings of the Practical Plus are decorated in a Japanese Dogwood motif with lion dog menuki, and the handsome Tsuba is of an iron sunburst design with a brass habaki. The Practical Plus has been extended to include all of the Performance Series blades with three cutting styles and three iaito lengths. Maintenance kit available separately (OH1003) Designed strictly for competitive cutting, our XL Katana blades incorporate the geometry, strength, weight and profile needed for successful cuts on substantial targets. Featuring differential heat treatment and a narrow edge angle, these wide blades will reward good technique with clean cuts and excellent durability. Features: - Massive XL Blade Geometry - Traditional Construction - Built for Martial Artists Specifications: - Overall length: 41" - Blade length: 28 " - Handle length: 11" - Weight: 2lb 11oz - Point of Balance: 5 1/2" - Width at Guard: 1.42" - Width at Tip: 1.10" - Thickness at Guard: .26" - Thickness at Tip: .18" - Sori: 3/4"