Ronin Dojo Pro Katana # 2
Standard Dotanuki Blade
Model 002 of the Dojo Pro is named the 'butterfy' in Japanese due to the traditional butterfly motif on the tsuba, a direct copy of an actual Edo era antique.
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 silk ito wrapped over REAL rayskin, alternating in the traditional style to ensure it does not move or slip when used, 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.
As you can see from the picture, these swords feature high end brass seppa (spacers) and habaki (blade collar) expertly fitted to the blade.
Hard wearing jet black synthetic sageo is used to tie the saya to your obi (belt).
The saya (sheath) itself is thick and made from high quality wood, after all you don’t put hand cut and polished buffalo horn Kurikata, Koguchi and Kojiri on an inferior saya.
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 mono steelblades 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:
Today,I received a Ronin katana #2. I already have a 440 stainless steel wall hanger, so I began comparing. It's like night and day. The wall hanger is much more difficult to handle. First, the rk has a longer handle, and a little narrower which makes pivoting much easier. It is fairly sharp, and handles nicely. The rk has opened New doors of inspiration for me as a martial artist and a lifetime lover of swords. Although I do not intend to ever put it to the test cutting, I feel strongly that it will handle the job should it ever arise. I'm very excited to continue learning now that I have found this treasure. I also ordered a t10 Ronin katana custom. After watching many videos about destruction testing with the rk#2 I'm very satisfied. And very stoked to check out the custom rk t10.
First impressions of the rk#2
The bag it came in is a nice touch. The sword is well constructed, and is of good quality all the diamond shapes if the handle are uniform. The bladegeometry of the blade is uniform.
I I would recommend it