The Skyjiro forge Ronin is an excellent beginner to intermediate martial arts sword. This katana captures the spirit of the banished Ronin samurai which also plays outside of the standard rules. This piece boasts a 3200 layer folded steel blade crafted from 1070 high carbon steel. With an expert double imitation hamon this piece is good for cutting tatami in the dojo. With the beginner in mind this entry level folded sword has been through tempered as opposed to the more traditional differential tempering. This creates a more resilient katana that can handle the abuse of less experienced wielders. This type of tempering is not often found on a folded steel katana but makes a very attractive blade, at an attractive entry level price for the martial artist and collector.