Ronin Dojo Pro Katana #14Ronin Dojo Pro Katana #146
Longer 30" Blade, Demon Theme
Originally the concept for this design was a spoof thread on the SBG sword forum against overhyped ebay selling. You can read the thread itself here - but here's a few highlights from the 'official' description:
Using authentic, Japanese, powdered, folded, Nipponese, +3 to dexterity, nihonto, tamahagene steel made a piece of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, we have created the perfect SAMURAI KATANA NIHONTO SWORD. How did we come to possess this rare metal? That is a trade secret known only to the two hundred Chinese workers who operate our authentic Japanese forge, and can not be disclosed due to fears ebay dealers will quickly replicate it.
All kidding aside though, the actual sword inspired by this spoof is actually something quite special - Trapped Oni inside or not..!
Like all the fittings of these swords, the Oni themed tsuba is solid iron – but so is the fuchi (band at the top of the handle) AND the kashira (end cap) – all acting in harmony to strongly reinforce the structural integrity of the entire handle in a way that is almost never seen on other swords under the $500 price point (nevermind on swords under $300!).
The tsuka/handle assembly itself is exceptionally tight and well put together, double pegged with black silk ito wrapped over REAL black rayskin, wrapped around a quality wooden core in the traditional alternating style to ensure it remains tight despite frequent usage.
Furthermore, as you can clearly see from the picture above, the handle is also properly ergonomically ‘shaped’ to follow the curve of the blade AND fit comfortably into the hand, creating a safe and firm grip - another rarity at this price point.
The saya (sheath) itself thick and made from quality wood - laquered a deep and rich blood red which - along with the Kurikata and Kojiri, are made of hand cut and polished buffalo horn, finished off with a hard wearing length of black synthetic silk sageo (cord) so it can be secured to your obi (belt).
The strength of the fittings ALONE are head and shoulders above any other sword maker anywhere near this price point, but the 30” blade, which is especially comfortable for users taller than 6', takes it to a whole new level again..
These 1060, through tempered, no-nonsense monosteel blades are exceptionally HONEST and RELIABLE.
Hand forged and solidly built, there is not a trace of pretentiousness about them – no fake hamon, no bo-hi and no BS.
They are quite simply just extremely practical, utilitarian blades made according to the Dotanuki forging tradition – a school of sword making that made simple ‘maru’ lamination blades with a reputation for being plain, practical and to the point (speaking of which, the kissaki tip of the blade is reinforced with a diamond shape for added durability and transitioned much nicer than most other hand made monotempered blades at this price point).
Weighing 2.65lbs with a point of balance 4.75” from the tsuba these swords are designed for the CUT, not fluffing around with. In short they are serious blades with serious fittings designed as SERIOUS dojo workhorses..!
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Featured positive reviews:
I love this sword. For many years I've wanted a katana or something katana like. So I began doing research because I didn't want a "wallhanger". And that's when I found sword buyers guide.
After looking through the many selections I settled on the #14 for its length and saya color.
I was not disappointed when I opened the box. Such a pretty thing to look at. And the way it's put together!
The blade itself is why you buy a sword in the first place. And this blade has a thickness to it without being heavy or unwieldy.
The saya is well made and the sword "locks" in when fully inserted without any loose rattling.
For 315 dollars you simply cannot go wrong and I highly recommend this sword to any first time buyers.