Ronin Elite Laminated Katana Fan Favorites Series Model #3
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.
Blade lamination: Soshu Kitae seven panel steel
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: Synthetic silk sageo, buffalo horn inserts.
Ability level: Advanced dojo use (bamboo, tatami mats, etc)
OMG , wow perfection . This was my forth purchase from Ronin and I was pleasantly surprised . This is my second Dojo Elite , the first was one with Bo Hi this one without I selected this model for the fittings and would have preferred black saya instead of the red pictured . I was pleasantly surprised when it came with a black saya . I need to stop browsing this site , the old lady is irritated and I will probably be sleeping on the couch for the next week . I guess 2 elite bare blades and 2 dojo elite and a dojo pro in a span of 3 months might be a bit much but I did the math it’s still less than what she spend on a Chanel bag and more practical. Very satisfied customer.