Ronin Elite Katana #256

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  • Ronin Elite Katana #256
  • Ronin Elite Katana #256
  • Ronin Elite Katana #256
  • Ronin Elite Katana #256
  • Ronin Elite Katana #256
MSRP: $850.00
Now: $450.00
Was: $850.00
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Ronin Elite Katana #256


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.

Ronin elite katana are one of a kind, and the pictures are of the exact katana for sale.


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: Traditionally themed tsuba fuchi, kashira, and menuki

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: Silk ito over genuine ray skin.                                                   

Saya: Silk sageo buffalo horn inserts

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

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    Elite #256

    Posted by Bradley Blair on Mar 11th 2019

    Fantastic buy at dent scratch price.This is a beautiful sword that the pictures do not do justice.The fittings are much nicer than I was expecting ,the blade has perfect geometry and came very sharp. The ito was very tight and well done.The sageo was a little frayed but that is easily replaced. The only other issues I found were minor scuffs on the blade and the katana will not stay in the saya when turned upside down ,although there is no rattle.I,m very happy with this blade.

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