The Practical Plus XL Light Katana provides a very economical cutting sword as dependable as the Practical XL Light Katana (SH6000LPF), 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 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. - Massive XL Light Blade Geometry - Traditional Construction - Built for Martial Artists Specifications: - Overall length: 41" - Blade length: 28 " - Handle length: 11" - Weight: 2lb 9oz - Point of Balance: 5 1/2" - Width at Guard: 1.45" - Width at Tip: 1.12" - Thickness at Guard: .24" - Thickness at Tip: .19" - Sori: 3/4"