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Hanwei swords were the brainchild of Mr. Chen Chao-Po, originally of Taiwan, in the early 90's. As such, they are often colloquially referred to as 'Paul Chen swords'. Distributed in the USA by Cas Iberia (which was recently purchased by Hanwei), the novice can sometimes be confused by these three apparent company names for the same products. Hanwei were among the earliest to produce attractive, battle-ready katanas at affordable prices for martial artists and collectors. They have since grown into a mainstay of the Sword buying community, and expanded their products to include European designs. They are also one of (if not THE) the biggest sword maker in the industry, with over 350 employees at their Dalian facility