Dojo-Pro Katana #10 Ko-Katana
With over 30 katana models for sale, Ronin's dojo pro line of samurai swords is the largest Japanese sword line in the world. Each unique tsuba is based on an actual antique Japanese katana. The pro line is extensively tested yearly, with testing videos published on you tube having received nearly 5 million views. Ronin has destroyed over $10,000 in swords to help educate the public in what our swords can, and can not do. Ronin strives to produce a safe and reliable workhorse sword that is welcome in dojos around the world. Ronin is a global brand with retailers based in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
Steel: Through hardened 1060
Saya: Hand cut and polished buffalo horn Kurikata, Koguchi and Kojiri
Weight: 2.1 pounds
POB: 3 1/2 - 4 inches
Length in saya: 36 inches
Tsuka: 11 inches
Blade: 24 inches
Habaki to tip: 22 inches
Sageo: Synthetic silk
Fuchi: Backened iron
Kashira: Blackened iron
Posted by Ryu Hyubusa on Jun 11th 2015
With out a doubt hands down best katana I own.
You will be impressed
Posted by Unknown on Jun 8th 2015
This sword came in really solid condition. The weight and balance are a dream. The tsuka, ito, and other fittings on the sword itself are tight as could be, which I really appreciate. I only have 3 criticisms which I'm hoping are easily resolved.
1) the blade didn't come SUPER sharp from what I can tell. I wiped the oils off the blade with rice paper. To test the sharpness, I folded the rice paper over the edge and ran it along the blade to see if it would cut through—it didn't. I'm convinced that one could easily "cleave into" a target, but I'd prefer it to be able to cut THROUGH one. As someone who's been training in kenjutsu for over 5 years, I know how important form is to a cut, but sharpness of your blade is almost equally paramount.
I'm not really experienced with sharpening, but I really hope to resolve this issue because I see a lot of potential in this sword.
2) although the buffalo horn koiguchi is nice to look at, it doesn't fit over the habaki quite as snugly as I would like (I can always use a cheaper, but tighter-fitting saya, but still)
3) The tsuba of the blade is a bit of a turn-off for me, personally. I like the shape and color, but the edges of the design are pretty jagged, and have already scratched up my right thumb. I tried replacing it with a guard from another sword, but the nakago was too thick :/
You probably won't find a better kodachi for the same price because overall this sword is really well-constructed.
Posted by Unknown on Jun 7th 2015
very nice perfect size
Posted by Roberto on Jun 7th 2015
I received a dull blade, tried to sharpen it and, being an amateur, messed it up. I am very upset. I expected a sharp blade.
Posted by Shaun on Jun 5th 2015
I'm a weaponry enthusiast. I have had my DOJO PRO KO KATANA now for a little over 3 weeks now thanks to a recent sale offered by Ronin Katana. I am extremely pleased to firsthand confirm the other positive reviews online about Ronin Katana and this sword. I'd like to point out that my order was shipped without delay (ordered on Thurs night, shipped immediately on Friday), and via UPS ground to the central coast of California. It was nice to see that after a few days in transit, my Thursday delivery date was switched to Wednesday, and I received my shipment in perfect condition.
The ko katana itself is exactly as shown in the various photographs on the www.roninkatana.com website, minus the tsuba which did not have the same exact smooth appearance. The tsuba on mine has at all angles hammered indentations (the very same as shown below on the Blade Forums link), which I love.
I can only say that, for myself, the full length photo on the Ronin Katana website of the naked blade beside the saya gave me the impression that the proportions would result in what would be, in the end, nearly a wakizashi. A long handled one. Again, only for myself, this gave me hesitations on this particular sword purchase. I knew I wanted a Ronin Katana sword, from the honest and diligent efforts of the SBG website (http://www.sword-buyers-guide.com/best-japanese-sword.html) and the many testings that can be watched on Youtube.com by Ronin Katana. After receiving mine, I'm 100% satisfied with my decision on this sword. I immediately realized that my hesitation was unfounded, and that the ko katana comes nowhere close while in hand/both hands or on display to a wakizashi. I'd like to suggest that it may benefit other buyers to see a an additional photo of one of the "regular" Dojo Pro katana next to the Ko Katana simply as a visual comparison. This is an excellent katana that should not be dismissed over proportion/size concerns, as this aspect is really what makes this sword so great looking and functionally versatile.
I'd also like to suggest to all parties interested in working with Ronin Katana on a purchase to check out the review at http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/showthread.php/1015552-Ronin-Dojo-Pro-Ko-Katana-Bring-on-the-Zombies!!. While specifically for the Ko Katana, the photos are beautifully clear, and honest credit is given to one of the best aspects of a Ronin Katana: the as solid as can be fittings. To quote several videos, SBG, and other weaponry reviews, a sword, like anything, it is only as good as it's weakest point. Thank you Ronin Katana for making this a focus. And thank you for a fine purchase that deserves more and better reviews than my own.
Posted by Alex J-W on Jun 5th 2015
The quality of this sword is amazing; good steel and the blade is well sharpened. The Ito wrap is also very tight and unlikely to come loose. The sword is also the perfect length to be carried on your back and still be drawn, therefore it is great for anyone studying Ninjutsu where the sword is often carried on the back. The black rayskin also looks great paired with the black ito. In addition the point of balance of the Ko Katana is further towards the Tsuba, making the blade very agile and manoeuvrable; as well as making it easy to wield with one hand.
I have had no issues with the Sword thus far after many cutting tests, for the money it is unbeatable.
I highly recommend Ronin Katana to any serious Ninjutsu or martial arts practitioner, or blade enthusiast or collector.
Posted by Bruce Williams on Jun 4th 2015
I was originally set on getting the 29" Dojo Pro Katana but chose this model because I needed something that would be more suited for tight quarters.
The fit and finish is excellent. The sword feels balanced in the hand and does not feel to small for my size. I think it will come in handy fighting off the undead.
I whole heartedly recommend Ronan Katana.
Posted by keth on Jun 4th 2015
I love this sword! It's compact and packs a punch! Not to big, not to small, just perfect size! Highly recommended for any sword enthusiast
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