1997, a man called Chao-Po Chen, better known by his
pseudonym Paul Chen, created a company for the manufacturing
of oriental swords. Paul
Chen, who is a sword collector himself, was faced
many times with the problem of finding good quality
swords at reasonable prices. Those days one could
buy an expensive japanese sword or a cheap replica,
many times of poor quality.
Paul Chen started with his Hanwei forge, the swords
market changed completely. He made his swords using
the methods of the traditional Japanese swordsmiths,
for a fraction of the price. Hanwei was a succes among
collectors and practicioners of martial arts.
Paul Chen began manufacturing models of European swords
as well, including typical specimens of Viking swords,
Knights swords at considerably lower prices. Today,
Hanwei has a large collection of historical weapons
and accessories, for collectors, practicioners of
martial arts and people interested in re-enactment.
the right: Ron Chen, son of Paul Chen working in the