Ronin Dojo Pro Katana # 26
Standard Dotanuki Blade
Model 026 of the Dojo Pro has a dragon themed classic iron sukashi tsuba and red ito on black rayskin handle wrap.
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 laquered 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 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:
You may have seen reviews elsewhere on Ronin Dojo Pro swords stating that everything fits together snug and does not rattle in the saya. It is true. The pegs appear to be iron and they appear to be epoxied in place. At roughly $300 and fully functional otherwise, I don't mind. It gives me peace of mind if nothing else.
The blade is very sharp but not perfect aesthetically. At the tip where the edge meets the spine it seems to have been ground down and not polished properly. This is a minor detail. I have not yet used this sword for practice. I do swing it though and it feels solid and balanced well.
I am very happy with my purchase. After about 5 months of ownership I decided to purchase a Ronin tanto #1 today. I'm looking foward to recieving that as well.