Shihan Abbott’s Signature Series collection also incorporates the newly designed larger XL Katana sword colloquially called, “The Cutter”. This XL blade is produced strictly for serious competitive cutting and its design incorporates the geometry, strength, weight and profile needed for successful cuts on formidable targets. The XL blade is significantly wider than the classic blade, but incorporates a thinner edge that can easily cut right through and sever traditional cutting targets such as multiple rolled and soaked tatami mats. This new XL designed blade is forged and differentially tempered with a beautiful ocean wave hamon temper line along the length of the blade. The XL Katana features genuine ray skin center of the handle, with a tightly-woven black cotton wrap specially chosen for its gripping qualities. The longer tang has double mekugi safety pins for added security.
The fuchi and kashira fittings feature a “mon” family emblem motif and replicate an antique set in Shihan Abbott’s own personal collection. The handsome oval tsuba hilt is of an iron wave design, to compliment the hamon temper line along with a brass collar habaki fitting while the exquisite menuki fittings represent the flowers of sakura cherry blossoms woven into the handle with a special black cotton wrap, which, in Japan, is a very traditional motif. The wooden saya sheath, features a high-quality sageo rope and an ebony pebble-finish. This larger XL cutting blade with new-age geometry offers an exciting cutting experience.