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Ronin tanto with my first saya

Discussion in 'BRT Bladeworks' started by BenR.T., Aug 13, 2016.

  1. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator

    Apr 18, 2011
    Hey guys, so I just finished up this 9.5" tanto. This model version I call my Ronin Tanto, I know others use the name also. But it makes sense for my me, my processes and style.
    I have been making this model for over a year now, and I think I finally have the designed tweaked just right. The blade is .280" CPM 3V with my high performance HT. The guard is 6al4v titanium and the seppa and menuki are copper. The wrap is epoxy soaked and rockj solid.

    On this one I wanted to try something I had yet to try and that is a ridged saya. Or at least my version of one. Joe's awesome thread on his Mirabile tanto finally bumped me over the edge. Thanks for the push buddy! Check out that thread if you haven't, David is an amazing maker that I draw inspiration from a lot.

    I used tero tuf for the body of it and solid copper for the kurigata. I wrapped it with hemp cord that is epoxy soaked to match the tsuka. It was quite time consuming getting a nice fit, but I am very pleased with it. I think on the next one I will try covering it in carbon fiber.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    This one is currently available....










    Nice snug fit

    Last edited: Aug 14, 2016
  2. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Outstanding my friend....[emoji106][emoji482]

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  3. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator

    Apr 18, 2011
    Thanks buddy!
  4. Park Swan

    Park Swan

    Mar 15, 2016
    Very inspiring! Terotuf seems like a great choice for constructing a saya.
  5. A.F. Holowaychuk

    A.F. Holowaychuk

    Aug 3, 2016
    I really like the spine-fuller detail, I've never seen that done before
  6. BenR.T.

    BenR.T. Tanto grinder & High performance blade peddler Moderator

    Apr 18, 2011
    Thanks. It's one of my signature features.
  7. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Beautiful blade Ben and overall package, it looks like a lot of hours went into it. :cool:
  8. JustinFournier

    JustinFournier Gold Member Gold Member

    May 7, 2012
    Love the copper, it adds a nice touch and really creates a beautiful theme. IMO, great piece, and the fuller up on the spine with the mark is great.

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