Ronin Dojo Pro Katana # 16
Standard Dotanuki Blade, Natural wood saya
Model 016 of the Dojo Pro has a unique clear lacquered finish, and thus is named the 'Mokuzaya' (Wood Saya) - for collectors who like to see the natural finish and wood grain.
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 black silk ito wrapped over REAL 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 - clear lacquered 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 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 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..!
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Featured positive reviews:
I ordered my Dojo Pro 16 and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived in my hands less than a week later.
The sword is beautiful and I will definitely be recommending it to others as the best value cutter i have used. The sword feels great with the point of balance spot on at 4.5 inches, and in all a finish quality far exceeding my expectations (and i expected it to be pretty good anyway from what i had read).
The horn used for the kurikata etc is really nice as is the clear lacquered saya. The koiguchi is nicely done, the ito tight, the same nicely finished around the pegs and a really nice taper to tsuka.
I failed to find even a single knock, scratch, or imperfection of any kind on the blade in fact. It is perfectly straight and the edge itself has been sharpened very well without any turning to the edge and a very even taper and balance to the kisaki from the yokote.
The blade handles well, is quick and maneuverable yet feels solid enough to cut with confidently. the tachikaze (translated as 'sword wind' - the sound the sword makes) is very satisfying despite having no bo-hi.
I have to say im very impressed with everything from the service received to the speed of delivery to the United Kingdom and above all with the katana itself. If your a practitioner living in the UK i would highly recommend purchasing one.