The Practical Plus Elite Katana provides a very economical cutting sword as dependable as the Practical Elite 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 Elite 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 Katana Blades embody the classical design elements of the most prolific sword design in history. With their strong Shinogi Zukuri shape that accentuates the differential heat treatment, these blades are traditionally proportioned to appeal to the collector but they will also perform well in general cutting of hard or soft targets. Features: - Economical Cutter - Traditional Construction - Quality fittings Specifications: - Overall length: 40 " - Blade length: 28 " - Handle length: 11 " - Weight: 2lb 7oz - Point of Balance: 5 1/2" - Width at Guard: 1.39" - Width at Tip: 1.03" - Thickness at Guard: .26" - Thickness at Tip: .16" - Sori: 3/4"