This blade was made by Joe Walters and mounted by Mr. Randy Black

The very few ultra-flex done by the now extinct Dojo Swords are made from 5160 steel and feature a specially staged heat treatment that results in good edge retention while virtually eliminating the possibility of bending a blade in a bad cut. The tradeoff is that a rather plain suguha/notare hamon results.


The 5160 BAINITE was devised for martial artists and custom made with excellent heat treatment that results in a very hard bainite edge and a very flexible blade, extremely manageable.

The blade has a very little taper between the Motohaba and the Sakihaba meaning there is more blade where it is needed: the monouchi.
The blade is extremely sharp.

The mountings are discreet, yet very attractive. See pictures below for more detail.

While I personally prefer a 14 inches tsuka, it is easily shortened to suit your taste.



Nagasa: 28.5 inches
Motohaba: 3.2 cm
Sakihaba: 3 cm
Mune thickness: 5 mm ~ 5.5 mm iori mune
Kissaki: Chu kissaki 2.5 inches ( see photos )
Shinogi-ji: 8 mm
Hamon: suguha with rounded boshi
Nakago: 13 inches.
Sori: Tori-Zori from 0.5 inches to 0.75 inches
Habaki: Rain pattern in silver
Fuchi-Gashira: Blackened silver





Randy built this kashira according to my design. It was done in silver which was then blackened and sealed in a beautiful gloss finish.

Here is the mountings concept


The nakago signed by Joe Walters

While below are the photographs in the requested color.

Here is a picture of the mountings. They are superbly done, every single item made to custom. I am quite satisfied with the saya color and the adaptation to my standards. A little piece of thin copper between the saya and the koiguchi and another between the kojiri and the saya.

It is possible to see that the blade's lines are extremely crisp and that I chose my favorite neutral fan menuki made by Randy in copper and solidly applied with epoxy to the tsuka.

It is also possible to view that the kurikata and the tsunakushi were made as the horn has some texture like concentric circles, whereas I very much enjoy the seppa being round and not oval.

Another view where the warmth of the dyed poplar wood superbly clear lacquered dialogues with the copper and the black of the katatemaki wrap.

Another angle allows for the overall feeling. Notice how the kashira shines, how the katatemaki is superbly done, and how the fan menuki with a slight patina initiates a dialogue between tea color, copper and black.

More details of the mountings. It is important to remind that the blade has a very faint hamon but is very strong and terribly sharp. The geometry is very crisp and it was not easy to polish a blade like this.

Again another picture which allows one to grasp the feeling of the sword mountings.

A picture of the kissaki. Too many reflections from the terrace did not allow for an even display of the crisp geometry.
There were no reflectors available.


Mountings by Randy Black

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