Ronin Elite Bare Blade

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MSRP: $575.00
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Ronin Elite Bare Blade


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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5 Reviews

  • 3
    Pretty but not functional

    Posted by Paul on Nov 21st 2023

    Second time trying to post a comment. This blade came looking amazing. I had plans for it be dressed in custom trimmings. As I examined the blade closer there were no noticeable defects. The finishing of the blade was lacking however. The polish was not as nice as expected when the wax from the saya was removed. The belly of the blade was also very dull. It could not even make it dent in a piece of paper. That’s not a test I like to do but after feeling the edge decided I better. Maybe they sent one of the scratch and dents by accident. This will stay in its current form as wall art, after I put a razor edge back on the blade.

  • 5
    Ronin Elite Bare Blade

    Posted by Eugene Chen on Apr 21st 2023

    Second purchase and very please . My first purchase was elite bare blade with Bo Hi , this one without and it is perfect. Will definitely be buying more items from Ronin .

  • 5

    Posted by J on Feb 13th 2021

    No comparison in this price range, this is a legit blade. Beautiful & solid, very well made. Thank you!!!

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 4th 2018

    Very happy buyer everything perfect, thanks

  • 5
    Ronin Elite Bare Blade

    Posted by Unknown on Jan 17th 2018

    I bought this on a whim. I'm glad I did and was pleasantly surprised. It's a really nice looking blade, not like what I've watched for years coming out of China with big burly ghastly hada. This is a nicely done blade and feels "solid".

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