Ronin Dojo Pro Ko-Katana # 22
Ko Katana (short wakizashi blade, standard length handle) - Demon Theme
This Ko Katana was the "follow up" and while is best when paired with its big brother the 30" blade model 14, it more than cool enough to hold its own.
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 (never-mind on swords under $300!).
The tsuka/handle assembly itself is exceptionally tight and well put together, double pegged with REAL 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 - lacquered 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 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 shorter blade makes it extremely fast and versatile - easily usable in one hand or two.
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 2.1lbs with a point of balance 3.5” 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:
This is my first sword purchase. I did lots of research before finally deciding to buy this one. As I said this is my first purchase, so by no means am I an experienced sword buyer. Shipping speed was average, arrived on the 5th business day. I pulled the sword out of the box, inspected it quite thoroughly, everything was beautiful as far as I could tell. The only small thing I did notice was there was a small piece of metal protruding from a mekugi peg about a centimeter long and slightly pointy. I removed it with nail clippers. Did not affect my review really insignificant. Beautiful first time sword, would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you SBG for all the info. Cheness 9260 spring steel sword will be my next purchase.