My newest katana...

GREG

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I just added a Ronin Elite Bare Blade to the collection, USPS tracking says it should arrive by Friday this week. Looking forward to holding this steel slicer and getting a feel for it. Eventually my goal is to break it down and rebuild it into a magnificently finished katana.

I took the to pictures off of RK in order to show y'all the sword...

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, iriKoji: 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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GREG

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For those of you with much more experience than I, (which is everyone here ;)), i'm going to need y'alls expertise on getting this bad boy re-furnished. Where's a good place to start looking?
 

Wajirou Ichisada

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Nice sword. Definitely a lot to work with. I will be interested in seeing how it turns out!

For finish work, I would suggest Cottontail Customs https://www.cottontailcustoms.com/ for the tsuka and tsukaito. As for the rest of it, I don't really know anybody that makes sayas and such.

Part of the fun of sword collecting is in the hunt for the right part to finish or upgrade it, and learning about it's history and technique. At least it is to me. However, at the end of the day if you aren't having fun, then you are doing it completely wrong! :)
 

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That looks like a very nice blade. Some hamon close ups would be appreciated.

My approach is to buy parts and materials to construct my own koshirae, but I have a fairly decent wood, leather, and metalworking shop here, with adequate tools. I use mostly antique tsuba and fuchigashira, which can be found cheaply (under $100) on eBay, usually direct from Japan.
 

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That looks like a very nice blade. Some hamon close ups would be appreciated.

My approach is to buy parts and materials to construct my own koshirae, but I have a fairly decent wood, leather, and metalworking shop here, with adequate tools. I use mostly antique tsuba and fuchigashira, which can be found cheaply (under $100) on eBay, usually direct from Japan.
I am going to really enjoy "customizing" this sword with the direction and help of you "seasoned" swordsmiths. I'll get a few pictures posted tonight. It just arrived and i'm air frying some egg rolls before I get into the sword. The wife thinks i'm a dork. :)
 

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Here are a few pictures I took out in the driveway. I’m going to have to find a way to get some better light and get some better pictures.
 

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Me with the katana…
 

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GREG

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My only issue with this bare blade is, it appears the single peg is ground down and lacquered into the wooden Tsuka. It'll definitely have to be dismantled to customize it.
 

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OK. That's annoying. You may have to drill it out. Have you looked at the tsuba? I have 2 like it that I bought from different Japanese sellers to make a daisho (one was smaller, but same pattern). The low opening bid caught my eye, while I was checking Mugendo to see if they had anything you could maybe use. They have some other tsuba right now too, but no fuchigashira.
 

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OK. That's annoying. You may have to drill it out. Have you looked at the tsuba? I have 2 like it that I bought from different Japanese sellers to make a daisho (one was smaller, but same pattern). The low opening bid caught my eye, while I was checking Mugendo to see if they had anything you could maybe use. They have some other tsuba right now too, but no fuchigashira.
I did. I'm watching it as we speak, as I maneuver other listings looking around.
 

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Fun, isn't it? BTW, you'll probably get called a dork again. Just say, "yes, dear." :D
 

GREG

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Nice sword. Definitely a lot to work with. I will be interested in seeing how it turns out!

For finish work, I would suggest Cottontail Customs https://www.cottontailcustoms.com/ for the tsuka and tsukaito. As for the rest of it, I don't really know anybody that makes sayas and such.

Part of the fun of sword collecting is in the hunt for the right part to finish or upgrade it, and learning about it's history and technique. At least it is to me. However, at the end of the day if you aren't having fun, then you are doing it completely wrong! :)
So I looked over cottontailcustoms site, dude seems to do nice work, unfortunately he is not carving new tsuka at the moment which is what I will need done.
 

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So. I emailed Josh at Cottontail Customs and inquired about his services for my bare blade. His response is below:

Hi Greg, I apologize but i'm not doing full custom work right now or working with Ronin swords. Blah blah...
 

Wajirou Ichisada

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Here is a list of some guys you might want to connect with:

Handle Wrapping
Joe Ho 650.493.3395

Traditional Polishing
Jimmy Hayashi 415.922.0618

Habaki
Brian Tschernega 425.771.6339

Saya, ShiraSaya and Lacquer
John Tirado 610.754.7535
 

GREG

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Here is a list of some guys you might want to connect with:

Handle Wrapping
Joe Ho 650.493.3395

Traditional Polishing
Jimmy Hayashi 415.922.0618

Habaki
Brian Tschernega 425.771.6339

Saya, ShiraSaya and Lacquer
John Tirado 610.754.7535
Thank you brother.
 
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