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The Samurai Sword Blog

Studying Katana in Japan - Learning the How Japanese made Samurai Swords Part 1

Recently I spent a few weeks in Japan buying parts for Ronin's upcoming tamahagane line and studying bare blades and fully mounted katana in museums and with some of Japan's leading dealers, who often had 20-30 katana for sale and on display. While I did not buy any katana, my focus is on dotanuki, I did [...]

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What is a Dotanuki katana anyway?

I used to have a nice section on the main Ronin site about Dōtanuki blades, and when I designed the new website, I forgot to add it.So what is a Dōtanuki katana?Dōtanuki is a Japanese swordsmithing school developed in the Higo province of Kyūshū during the Kamakura period. The Japanese kanji for dōtanuki translates to, [...]

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Ronin Katana Zombie Slayer Prototype Sword

This short sword is an unproduced Ronin which is being given away in the Ronin Katana 1oth anniversary contest. Thick blade with apple seed geometry. I didn't like the balance on it personally, so it didn't go into production. Tough as nails through hardened 1075 steel. Ronin Katana is the world's largest samurai sword dealer, with over 100 [...]

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Ronin Katana Sword Parts Eight Fold Path Tsuba Giveaway

The Ronin Katana 10th anniversary prize giveaways continue. Ronin gave away a bunch or prizes last week, including an samurai sword from the entry level katana line. This week is kicking off with an eight fold path tsuba. Ronin has used this tsuba on and off for many years, and it was of course the [...]

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Ronin Katana Sword Parts Giveaway Habaki and Seppa set

This contest just started on the Ronin Facebook page for a Ronin Katana habaki, in the falling rain style, and two seppa. Contest ends on Friday the 19th.10th Anniversary Contest time! Have the ebay sword blues? Great blade, but ugly parts? Get upgraded by Ronin with this habaki and seppa set!

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10th Anniversary Contest Tsuba and Silk Sword Bag Giveaways!

It's contest time at Ronin Katana, and this week we are giving away a tsunami (3 comma) tsuba, and a silk sword bag. Visit the Ronin Katana facebook page to enter. As always, it's free to enter. We don't ask for emails, donations, purchase, or anything else.

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Ronin Katana 10th Anniversary Give Away Has Started!

Ronin's 10th Anniversary Give Away Has Started! Today Ronin awarded a customer loyalty prize (hammer forged bare blade). Keep checking back here and the Ronin facebook page for weekly contests. There is no purchase necessary for the weekly prizes. Loyalty prizes are awarded to people that have either made purchases from Ronin in the past, [...]

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Build Your Own Samurai Sword! - First Look at Some of the Sword Parts from Ronin Katana

Ronin Katana is already the world's largest katana company, with over 100 models to choose from, and now Ronin will be the world's largest katana parts supplier. Want to build your own samurai sword? Ronin will offer every part needed to build your own custom sword, including the blade, saya, fittings, and prewrapped handles. Here [...]

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First Look at the 2015 Ronin Elite katana #216 WW2 Shin-gunto Reproduction

First look at one of the 2015 elites. WW2 officer's shin-gunto reproduction fittings and saya with elite blade.

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