Ronin Elite Bare Blade With Bo HI (groove)

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  • Ronin Elite Bare Blade With Bo HI (groove)
  • Ronin Elite Bare Blade With Bo HI (groove)
  • Ronin Elite Bare Blade With Bo HI (groove)
MSRP: $575.00
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Ronin Elite Bare Blade With Bo Hi (groove)


Ronin Elite katana have 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

Steel: 1095/1060/1045

Tempering: Differentially hardened (clayed) and water quenched        

Rockwell Hardness: 62 edge / 40 spine

Fittings: brass habaki

Kurikata, Koiguch, Kojirii: Polished buffalo horn                                  

Polish: Japanese finger stone polish.

Blade length: 29 inches (habaki to tip)                      

Over all length: 40.9 inches                                              

Tang: Full tang with Ronin kanji.                                  

Grip: 10 inches                              

Wrap: Lacquered wood                                                    

Saya: Lacquered natural wood with buffalo horn inserts

Ability level: Advanced dojo use (bamboo, tatami mats, etc)

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11 Reviews

  • 4
    Ronin Elite Bare Blade With Bo HI (groove)

    Posted by GABO on Sep 25th 2023

    Pretty cool blade

  • 5
    Ronin Elite Bare Blade with Bo Hi

    Posted by Eugene Chen on Apr 21st 2023

    First purchase with Ronin , very happy . Very solidly built, in comparison to other high end bare blades that I have handled and examined (friend’s) this is by far the best deal I have seen . Will definitely be buying more .

  • 5
    Built quality

    Posted by Jo on Jan 9th 2023

    My first entry level katana. As I am a novice at this, all I can give is my first impression. The sword is solidly built. Very beautiful and sharp. Not too heavy. Will buy some bamboo mats later to do some chopping.

  • 4
    Ronin Bare Blade with bo hi.

    Posted by J. LANE on Jan 6th 2023

    The sword arrived fast and was packaged very nicely. The only reason I didn't leave 5 stars is because there are some light scratches here and there in the blade, two very small imperfections on the cutting edge near the tip and the polish wasn't 5 star worthy. Perhaps that's why the blade was on sale. Still a very nicely crafted katana.

  • 5
    Ronin bare blade

    Posted by Todd Kennedy on Dec 30th 2022

    Ive purchased several blades from ronin , from pro series to elite and i am always impressed with the quality of ronins products. This is the second elite bare blade ive bought and the quality is as top shelf as the elite complete sword great company thank you Chris

  • 5
    Absolutely beautiful blade

    Posted by Franz Borow on Mar 23rd 2021

    Wanted an Elite katana for a while, finally settled on the bare blade so I can put my own furniture on it. My blade came well packed, with a much nicer sword bag than I expected. The blade is gorgeous! There’s a ton of wax in the Saya. Took a while to get that off the blade. The fit and finish is impressive. Mine is rock solid and for a bare blade, the furniture it really well lacquered. I only found 1 small blemish where the handle meets the Saya. The blade is flawless and kinda scary sharp. I received it in 3 days... all of my expectations were met or exceeded. I recommend.

  • 5

    Posted by Stjepan Neuheimer on Jul 17th 2020

    just beautiful, without mistake thanks

  • 5
    Ronin Elite

    Posted by Carl Braswell on Apr 20th 2020

    Excellent Katana. Arrived very sharp and well made. Did not get the BO HI but am very happy with the product.

  • 5
    Bare Blade Elite Katana

    Posted by Michael Jaskolski on May 27th 2019

    Excellent blade, Can't get better for the price. I would have liked the yokote to have more presence but over all a great blade for custom mounting.

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