Ronin Dojo Pro Katana # 2Ronin Dojo Pro Katana # 24
Standard Dotanuki Blade
Model 002 of the Dojo Pro is named the 'butterfy' in Japanese due to the traditional butterfly motif on the tsuba, a direct copy of an actual Edo era antique.
Like all the fittings of these swords, the 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 silk ito wrapped over REAL rayskin, alternating in the traditional style to ensure it does not move or slip when used, and tightly bound to a quality wooden core.
Furthermore, 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.
As you can see from the picture, these swords feature high end brass seppa (spacers) and habaki (blade collar) expertly fitted to the blade.
Hard wearing jet black synthetic sageo is used to tie the saya to your obi (belt).
The saya (sheath) itself is thick and made from high quality wood, after all you don’t put hand cut and polished buffalo horn Kurikata, Koguchi and Kojiri on an inferior saya.
The strength of the fittings ALONE are head and shoulders above any other sword maker anywhere near this price point, but the 28” blade takes it to a whole new level again..
These 1060, through tempered, no nonsense mono steelblades 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 2.6lbs with a point of balance 5” 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..!
How to Use
Materials and Construction
Featured positive reviews:
I was surprised by the details. I have seen similar weapons in this price range, which were much easier to produce and had poorly aligned fittings or were rattling.
Here everything is in place and I doubt that thats easy with wrapping and knots. Nothing protrudes and irritates the hand. On the contrary it feels good in the hand.
The selected materials seem to be of good quality, only the sheath is on the cheap side (plastic with a thin lining inside to prevent the sword cutting through the sheath). Moreover it is a bit loose so that the sword can fall out.
I cannot judge the handling as it is my first Katana, but from all the blades I had the chance to put my hand on it feels awkward if wielded in one hand only (due to the weight, point of balance and absolutly no tapering). On the other hand I did not expect that either from a "torso-cleaver". In two hands it feels good and more agile. It will definitly pack some punch.