Ronin Elite O-Katana #327 Tiger Theme
Note: There are three of this model.
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). 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.
Blade lamination: Soshu Kitae seven panel steel
Tempering: Differentially hardened (clayed) and water quenched
Rockwell Hardness: 62 edge / 40 spine
Fittings: Traditionally themed tsuba fuchi, kashira, and menuki
Kurikata, Koiguch, Kojirii: Polished buffalo horn
Polish: Japanese finger stone polish.
Blade length: 33 inches (habaki to tip)
Over all length: 47.5 inches
Tang: Full tang with Ronin kanji.
Grip: 12 inches
Wrap: Silk ito over genuine ray skin.
Saya: Silk sageo buffalo horn inserts
Ability level: Advanced dojo use (bamboo, tatami mats, etc)
Posted by Unknown on Dec 11th 2017
I bought the 2017 model of this Elite O-Katana. Except for slight color changes in the Tsuba (an improvement I believe), the 2018 version appears the same. The style of Iaido I practice leans towards longer katana. For reference, my previous sword was a Dojo Pro O-Katana. While the dojo pro o-katana is an nice and entirely serviceable sword, the elite o-katana is noticeably (surprisingly) superior in balance, handling and cutting. And of course it is a far better looking sword. I hope anybody buying the 2018 model will be similarly happy with their purchase.
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