Paul Chen grew up in Taiwan where, as a young man, he developed an ongoing fascination for swords and knives. He began making swords at the age of eight. Initially desiring to increase the collection of antique swords left to him by his grandfather, Chen eventually turned his passion to making swords full time. Largely unable to afford antique and custom-made pieces he became a custom maker himself, enjoying success in this field in both the United States and Asia.
In 1991 he decided to become a full-time manufacturer and moved to Dalian, in north China, where he knew that he could find talented artisans capable of being trained as first-class sword and knife makers. After initially studying the techniques of both Japanese and Chinese masters, he assembled a team of experts in forging, polishing, heat-treating, and furnishing blades. His team reflects his obsession with quality and honor for the ancient tradition of sword making and now has started training the next generation of Hanwei craftsmen. Paul Chen is a consummate perfectionist, always striving to increase the beauty and durability of the sword lines he personally tests for quality.
Early endeavors largely took the form of making knives and components for major knife companies, but by 1993 the company was ready to start trading under its own banner and Dalian Hanwei Metal (Hanwei) was formed. The early trainees became team leaders and then departmental managers as the company grew, forming a strong team at the core of operations.