Let us be clear: the Shinbu™, designed by James Williams, are specialized tools intended for military personnel and special forces operators. James developed this design to meet the specific requests of coalition forces overseas for a more powerful tactical tool than his CRKT Hissatsu™; which is in wide use.
Historically, military swords have been sized to fit the fighting environment. Long swords, such as the English broad sword and Japanese katana, could only be used effectively on open fields of battle. Fighting in close or confined quarters required shorter swords, such as the sailor's cutlass and the Japanese wakizashi, which is similar in size to the Hisshou.
These knives come into play when the operator's firearms cannot be used, as often happens in entry and search operations. They are designed for multiple carry options depending on the choice of the operator.
The Shinbu dual grind Tanto blade is YK-30 high-carbon steel, high satin finished. The long, tapered tip grind is designed for maximum slashing power combined with superior penetration. At 13.3 ounces and a 9.25" blade, the Shinbu also offers superior slashing ability as compared to the Hissatsu.
James has followed centuries of Japanese tradition in designing these classic cord-wrapped handles with ray skin underlays, which compares very well to more modern handle materials, giving excellent grip under all conditions. The blade of the Shinbu is laser engraved with Japanese kanji characters that signify "Divine Valor."
We have designed custom-fitted Kydex® sheaths with a convertible belt mounting system for the Shinbu. The sheath has detents which grip the knife securely and wide entry lips which allow the knife to be returned to the sheath with one hand. A belt clip can be attached with the Chicago screws provided for
vertical carry. There is also a quick-release retaining strap.
Each of these knives comes in a custom dark lacquered wooden box for
presentation and storage.
The Shinbu demands respect and can truly be a lifesaver for the military professional. These are
knives that would have been carried by the Samurai.
It's really a great knife. Excellent grip and high quality steel (not stainless, so you have to take care of it) The sheath isn't the greatest- check the reviews of the Hisshou- all the same issues. Retention as it came wasn't very strong, but I put two nuts and bolts next to the mouth, and now the retention is absurdly strong, and adjustable. It would be cool if CRKT did this so I didn't have to, but it was a cheap and easy solution.
2014-03-22 SAN ANTONIO, TX
This blade is that something extra, it feels good in your hand and leaves no doubt that its up for the moment. Very sturdy feel when you grip this handle it grips you back.
2013-02-02 Ontario, CA
Perfect Knife -- Not too big and certainly not too small. With the Biotac the Shinbu easily fits concealed under the armpit. This is probably my favorite knife and I own many. /R -- Mike
2012-11-30 Bethlehem, PA
I tried to give this 4 stars but I guess I clicked 5 and can't change it. CRKT, can you change it to 4 please? Anyway, what a great knife Fit and finish are excellent. Very sharp This knife would absolutely cut through an arm. I would have given it 5 stars but there are some issues that actually have nothing to do with the knife. When I got it and took it out there was green gunky, oil all over the blade. I realize this is for rust prevention but it totally ruins the aesthetics of the blade. I removed this mess and put my own coat of oil on it. Unfortunately, the green gunk is in the sheath too so when you put it back in, the stuff gets back on. Took about an hour of work to remove this stuff from blade and sheath. I think CRKT could do much better in oiling this blade. ****Sorry Ian we are unable to edit the review number of stars. Our review system keeps them authentic "as entered" so we have honest reviews on the site. We appreciate your feedback will look into, thank you very much for being a CRKT customer.
2012-11-26 Baton Rouge, LA
What a knife this is, while not being a professional I can still appreciate this blade.Super factory edge, will have this for many years to come.Chuck
2012-09-06 Dallas, OR
Fantastic self defense blade. Would be suitable for combat operations. Excellent edge and great grip.