Ronin Dojo Pro Katana # 8
Longer 29" Dotanuki Blade
The standard Ronin Katana has a 28" blade (measured from the tsuba) - this one adds an additional inch, which may not sound like much but it feels much more 'right' for practitioners over 5'11" or so..
Like all the fittings of these swords, the tsuba is solid iron and a direct copy of an actual edo era antique.
But not only is the tsuba iron - 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 blackened rayskin, wrapped in a traditional alternating style to ensure it does not loosen with use 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), and the saya is strengthened with rich chocolate brown buffalo horn caps (Kurikata, Koguchi and Kojiri) with a red under-sheen that appears in direct sunlight.
The black lacquered saya (sheath) itself is made from high quality wood and can be tied to your obi (belt) by hard wearing, dark brown synthetic sageo cord.
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 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 2.6lbs 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:
Purchased this katana 7 years ago. Loved it so much versus others that I have that I purchased a second one just to have. I am 6’3’’ and love the additional length of this blade - is heavier than many I have and others that I have used but this katana is still my favourite for cutting tameshigiri. The blade has put up with many of my poor cuts and is strong enough to retain both a great edge in sharpness and has stayed straight throughout all the abuse that I have put it through. Not for fancy cutting as it is heavier to use but when wielded with good technique cuts with ease. Lovely and Great Katana. Still my favourite.