Ronin Dojo Pro Katana # 15
Shorter, faster 26" Blade
Model 015 of the Dojo Pro series has a 26" blade, which makes it ideal for practitioners with a shorter stature - or for anyone who likes a versatile and extremely fast blade that is also extremely strong and durable.
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 black glossy saya (sheath) itself has hand cut and polished buffalo horn Kurikata and Kojiri, finished off with a hard wearing length of black and white 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 26” 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 4.25” from the tsuba these swords are designed for the CUT, not fluffing around with - and the shorter blade plus lower center of balance makes it surprisingly fast. In short they are serious blades with serious fittings designed as SERIOUS dojo workhorses..!
How to Use
Featured positive reviews:
I just received this sword 2 weeks ago now and have put it through a couple tests. First, this blade is very SHARP! On a test cut, went right through the cardboard easily and 1 & 1/2 inch thick stick that I used to prop the shipping box, which I originally didn't intend to do. Solid made, beautiful craftsmanship for the price. Well worth the money. I also stand 5'6", so even though it's a smaller blade - still has excellent balance and heft. Blade is resilient even after several test cuts.