Type 21 - "Ranko"

Name "Ranko"
Blade Through Hardened 1045 Carbon Steel Katana.
Overall Length (+ Saya) 42.5"
Treatment Full Hand Forged, Through Tempered, Oil Quenched, Hand Polished
Finish Tameshigiri Polish
Blade Dimension 28" Length, 0.3" Width, 1.25" Height
Sori (Curvature) 0.7"
Weight 2 lbs 6 oz (with fuller), 2 lbs 10 oz (without fuller)
Tsuba/Fuchi/Kashira Blackened Alloy Tsuba Fuchi Kashira with Dragon Menuki
Balance Point 5" above tsuba
Tsuka/Ho 11" Wood
Tsuka Ito Black Cotton
Mekugi 2 X Wood (Double Pinned)
Same Real Ray Skin Panel Wrap
Saya 30.5" Black Glossy Lacquered Medium Hardwood

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This is the overall appearance of the sword. The Ranko is our most affordable katana. It is heat forged, hand hammered, oil quenched, hand sharpened and hand polished. It is fully functional and constructed of through hardened 1045 carbon steel.

This katana is the replacement for our Ichi Maru and has several upgrades. The tsuka is now 11" and is double pinned with wooden mekugi.

This katana is only available in version with bo-hi.

Tsuka (Grip) and nakago (Tang) - Real same skin (Ray Skin) panel wrap over wood then wrapped in black cotton cord. Also note the new double wooden mekugi (Retaining Pin).

Shape of the tsuka (before drilling)

The second image down is a photograph from the edge of the blade. It shows the geometry of how the blade is sharpened. There are no secondary bevel.

The Ranko uses a smooth matt black finish on its tsuba, fuchi, and kashira. The menuki are a matching finish with dragon pattern. The Ranko fittings are aftermarket parts as with our Mokko katana.

Type 21 Katana - "Ranko" - With Fuller (bo-hi)

Sale Price: $149.99
Regular Price: $279.99


The "Ranko" katana is a varient of our most affordable live blade (Ichi Maru). It is constructed of a through hardened 1045 carbon monosteel with an improved blade geometry as well a cleaner, more attractive fitting and steel tsuba as well as two mekugi. This hand forged, hand sharpened, and hand polished blade is unbeatable in value.



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