Dojo-Pro Katana Model #18
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 steel samurai sword
Saya: Hand cut and polished buffalo horn Kurikata, Koguchi and Kojiri.
Weight: 2.6 pounds
POB: 4 1/2- 5 inches
Length in saya: 42 inches
Tsuka: 11 inches
Blade: 28 inches
Habaki to tip: 27 inches
Sageo: Synthetic silk
Fuchi: Backened iron
Kashira: Blackened iron
Posted by Nick on Jun 4th 2015
I decided to buy this sword when it was January's Sword of the Month. I hadn't purchased a sword before, but became very interested in the metallurgy of katana while studying Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences.
The construction is very reassuring. The habaki makes a nice, snug fit with the the saya. The construction of the Tsuka is very tight with a nice, solid feeling. The blade geometry is well balanced and looks correct to my admittedly inexperienced eye. I haven't done cutting tests yet, but plan to as time permits this summer (2015). The edge was as expected given the hardness of AISI 1060. It isn't a razor, but that steel doesn't permit a razor's edge like one would expect from 1080 or 1095. It is sharp enough for it's purpose though.
An odd point, but i do believe this belongs with the "good" section: The kurigata broke free of the saya at some point during transit. It appears the Sageo may have been tied on by the Hulk given how ludicrously tight it was, which caused the glue to break free. TO BE CLEAR, CHRIS WAS AWESOME AND RECTIFIED THIS SITUATION WITHIN 2 HOURS OF RECEIVING MY EMAIL. Spectacular customer service helped me fix this issue in short order. Even though the kurigata was issue was a disappointment, the customer service overwhelmingly made up for it.
The blade has tarnished on the Mune and the Kissaki. I have absolutely no idea why. I have been oiling my sword (and the other two i have purchased since then) every week. I've jumped around with different oils, but have done the same treatment to each. The spots are no larger than a centimeter across in any one spot, and look similar to a shotgun pellet blast-pattern. Also to clarify, i own another Ronin Dojo Pro that has NOT suffered this fate, so i think this issue is limited to this specific blade.
Overall, I'm giving this sword 4 stars. It's simply amazing for the price point. If you are on the fence about buying one of the Dojo Pro's, don't be. They are fantastic deals!
All prices are in USD