Ronin Katana Elite #144

Ronin Katana Elite #144

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Raiden Thunder God Seven Panel Steel Laminated and Differentially Hardened Katana - Unique One off Design. Solid Bodied Blade.

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The Ronin Katana Elite Sword #12 is a one of a kind design: Red Glossy Saya, Black on black handle and depicts the thunder god, Raiden, in gold inlay on the solid iron tsuba (hand guard) and iron kashira (butt cap).

This Ronin Elite katana has been traditionally forged and laminated in the soshu kitae tradition (seven panel steel). This school was developed by the legendary Japanese smith Masamune, and combines panels of hard, medium, and soft steels. The core of the blade is formed from softer, more malleable steel giving it exceptional flexibility. A layer of slightly harder steel is bonded to each side of the core to add support. The last layers are a very hard steel bonded to the top, bottom, and both sides of the core forming the ha (cutting edge) mune (back edge) and shinogi-ji (blade flats).



Soshu Kitae Lamination - far right. It is by far the most complex and desirable lamination technique.

This form of laminar construction provided for a sword that could be sharpened to a razor edge due to the hardened steed used for the ha, but was extremely resilient to battle damage due to its softer more flexible core (1045 carbon steel with 1060 surrounding it and 1095 on the sides and as the cutting edge of the blade).

The sword is complimented by premium fittings with real rayskin, silk ito, buffalo horn inserts on high gloss saya (sheathe) and highest quality fittings assembled by the most experienced workers at the forge.

About the Ronin Katana Elite Line

Traditionally forged katana using advanced Japanese lamination methods developed by legendary masters such as Masamune. The elite line features blades in the Gomai, Shihozume, and Soshu kitae styles and Dotanuki school. These are among the most advanced lamination methods the Japanese produced, with Shihozume and Soshu kitae being the most rare. Each blade is hand forged by a Master Smith who has obtained at least two of the three government awarded ranks. Ronin Katana is the largest dealer of complex laminated blades in the world, and offers more Soshu Kitae katana for sale than all other dealers combined.

The elites are one of a kind samurai swords, so once they sell, they are gone for good. This line is only forged once per year. Each katana offered is an in stock sword and are not pre-sale items. The pictures are of the exact samurai sword for sale.

How to Use

Suitable for advanced sword practice in a traditional martial arts setting or high end display. Heirloom Quality.
Blade length: 29 inches (habaki to tip) Over all length: 40.9 inches Tang: Full tang with Ronin kanji. Grip: 10 inches Weight : 2lbs. 13 oz Motohaba : 1.25 in Sakihaba : .8 in Motokasane : 8mm Sakikasane : 5mm POB : 5 in. from tsuba

Materials and Construction

Certified Master Smith Forged Soshu Kitae Seven Panel Steel (1095/1060/1045 carbon steel) Laminated blade, differentially hardened with real hamon and Japanese finger stone polish. Complimented with premium grade fittings. real (black) rayskin under silk ito tied using hishigami triangles for maximum tightness and strength. Iron fittings with gold inlay based on actual antique swords. Double coated saya with real buffalo horn Kurikata, Koiguch and Kojirii with premium sageo.
Shipping from the Ronin Katana Warehouse in Texas within 1-2 business days. $15 flat rate USA shipping for up to 2 swords via USPS, FREE shipping if 3 or more swords ordered at the same time. International shipping via USPS, $30 to Canada and $60 to other international destinations. Click here for more shipping information

Warranty Info

Each sword is guaranteed to be as described and 100% genuine product. Each sword is also covered by in full by the Manufacturers Warranty PLUS our extended LIFETIME Warranty against blade breakage. Click here for detailed warranty information

Return Policy

<Satisfaction Guaranteed. We proudly stand behind every product we sell. If you are not pleased with your purchase you can return it to us within 30 days of purchase in original, unused condition for a full refund minus shipping and 10% restock fee. Click here for more info on our guarantees