Ronin Dojo Pro Katana # 19Ronin Dojo Pro Katana # 194
Standard Dotanuki Blade
Classic Series Monotempered 1060 Carbon Steel "Dotanuki Torso Cutter" blade with reinforced, professional grade fittings.
Like all the fittings in the Dojo Pro series, 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, wrapped in the traditional alternating style to ensure it does not loosen or unravel 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. These swords feature high end brass seppa (spacers) and habaki (blade collar), and the saya is strengthened with REAL Buffalo horn end caps (Kurikata, Koguchi and Kojiri). 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, and its not just for show. While everything looks great, the reason for the use of high grade materials in the handle is because - like everything in life - a Katana is only as strong as its weakest point - and the end result is a sword with minimal if any weak points.
STRONG BLADE PLUS STRONG FITTINGS EQUALS STRONG SWORD!
And the blades of the Dojo Pro - a feared style of blade geometry known as "Dotanuki" - fit the profile, are some of the toughest, most brutal cutting blades ever to hit the market..
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 cleanly counter polished (nicer than most other hand polished kissaki at this price point).
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Featured positive reviews:
This is my first real sword and I am truly impressed. I ordered the katana on Friday morning and received it on the following Thursday. It has been used for about two weeks to cut milk jugs, water bottles, cardboard boxes and some old apples which I would not recommend due to the apple acid staining the blade if not wiped off immediately due to the acid in the fruit. The blade does seem to scuff easily but does not seem to dull, chip or bend after my limited usage.
The saya has a nice tight fit and everything is wrapped tight and fit snugly. No loose rattle or shakes and no dents or dings to any part of the blade, tsuba or saya. The buffalo horn is actually a beautiful dark gray and black in the light and goes very nicely with the black theme of the 19. Ronin Katanas stick photo of this model do not do the sword justice as it looks much better in hand.
The blade appears to be made of quality and is paper cutting sharp and without blemishes.
After careful examination I could see that the rayskin does not completely cover the handle. A gap can be observed under the synthetic silk wrap with very close examination under the parts not visible through the diamonds which is disappointing but unnoticeable without moving the silk with my thumb and keen inspection.
Overall I am very pleased with this purchase and would buy again with the knowledge that this is a blade meant to be used and still look good as a wall hanger.
SBG tracking was great and I feel the price paid is fair for the item received.