Dojo Pro Wakizashi Model #3
- Calculated at Checkout
Dojo-Pro Wakisashi #3 Musashi tsuba
Forms a Daishō (set) with dojo pro #12
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 on what our swords can, and cannot 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: 1.8 pounds
POB: 3 1/2 inches
Length in saya: 29 inches
Tsuka: 6 inches
Blade: 21 inches
Habaki to tip: 22 inches
Sageo: Synthetic silk
Fuchi: Backened iron
Kashira: Blackened iron
Having done a fair amount of research into which Wakizashi I should buy, I eventually found myself trying to decide between another Wakizashi in 9260 spring steel, and this particular piece.
Though the appeal of the 9260 was great, the fittings were lacking in comparison to the #12, and so I hesitantly decided to go with the latter.
... And I couldn't be happier.
This piece is rock solid in all regards.
The blade, bearing a Bo-hi, feels far less heavy than I feared it would be based on the aforementioned research, yet still possesses a weight distribution that makes cutting with it quite natural. The blade passed the paper cutting test with flying colors.
The Tsuba is perfectly sized, unobtrusive, and light.
The Tsuka Ito could pass for being nailed to the Tsuka for how solid it feels.
The Bo-hi absolutely sings as you swing the blade, and is routed all the way up through the Kissaki, as it should be.
The Saya is light, but not cheap-feeling, and is a perfect lock fit to the textured Habaki. Beyond that, there is very little unecessary wiggle room within; practicing draw cuts with this piece was worlds different from another blade I bought that came with a much more poorly fitted Saya.
If I've left any doubts about how I feel about this piece, let me summarize with this: I fully intend to purchase another.
If used properly, this wakizashi is an excellent entry level dojo cutter. The blade strength, as well as the weight of the sword, fall into an acceptable category when using as a training wakizashi. The sword looks nice, and seems to be sturdy after a few sessions of bamboo cutting. For the price, this is a solid purchase, and I'm am more than happy to have only spent $300 on this item. I purchased this item from Ronin's website, but researched my purchase on the Sword Buyers Guide website. I will most certainly check Ronin Katana's supply when searching for my next dojo Katana.