James Williams, the designer of the Hissatsu™, is a former Army officer and martial arts practitioner/instructor with over 45 years of experience. He knows cutlery as President of Bugei Trading Company, producer of fine Samurai swords. As one who has trained tactical law enforcement and military forces for the SureFire Institute, he has developed a unique and powerful approach to unarmed combatives. His system of defensive tactics, known as The System of Tactical Strategy, has its origins in the ancient Samurai military systems as well as the Russian military art of Systema.
A key part of this system is the Hissatsu based on an old Japanese design. The unique shape of the blade, made famous by the legendary Samurai warlord Takeda Shingen, provides enormous penetrating power and superior slashing capability in one blade, which works with the natural motion of the body. James arrived at this modern version as a backup weapon for close-quarters combat. This is a focused single-purpose knife for use in anti-terrorist/close-quarters battle (CQB) environments, either as a primary or a secondary weapon to augment the handgun in the hands of trained professionals.
The Hissatsu's dual grind Tanto blade is 440A stainless steel, high satin finished. For those who prefer a non-reflective finish, the Hissatsu is available with a black EDP blade or in Desert Tan dress with titanium nitride blade coating.
To aid in law enforcement and military training, a Hissatsu Trainer is now available with a blue handle and aluminum blade with a rounded trainer edge.
The handle is in a traditional Japanese pattern, but is Twin-Fused™, double injection-molded with a high-impact polypropylene core, butt and hilt, and a non-slip soft textured rubber grip handle surface. Oyatsubo, the emperor node on the omote (outside/public side) of the tuska (handle), allows you to know which direction the blade is facing, even in compromised lighting conditions, by touch.
The custom injection-molded glass filled nylon sheaths (in matching black, Desert Tan or blue) grip the knife firmly, and have removable belt clips which can be attached high or low, vertical or horizontal with the black two-piece screws provided. There are also holes and slots for carry on belts, webbing or equipment.
The Hissatsu is intended for use only by trained law enforcement and military tactical team professionals. Enormous power in a light, flat package makes for easy carry with many options for placement on tactical gear.
I own several crkt products my HISSATSU and my carson m16s are some of my most reliable and trusted knives . Keep them comin crkt great work
2013-07-17 Blacksburg, VA
I purchased this knife in 2008 at BAF, Afghanistan for use during my deployment. It was purchased with the sole purpose for use if I ended up in a hand to hand engagement, rolling around the ground, when a firearm would be difficult to deploy. This is rarely seen during a firefight, but it has been known to happen if prisoners are taken, and since I was a medic I would always interact and treat those prisoners. For this type of use the knife is perfect. It has a singular purpose in its design, and that is to make fatal puncture wounds while still being highly effective in a slash. For any other use it is subpar, and there are plenty of other knifes that would serve you better in bush craft or daily carry. But if you want a knife that will quickly put someone down, then this is the one.
2012-04-08 Ft Benning, GA
Bought this knife here in Bagram Air Field Afghanistan, and from what I can see and feel it is a wonderful knife designed for the military and the purpose in which it might be used, self defense. Love it so far, don't think it will ever leave my riggers belt.
2011-12-14 Bainbridge, OH
Excellent knife. It is extremely sharp and also hides well under a jacket. I rate this as one of the best knifes that I own.
2011-10-04 Cicero, IL
Excellent knife Carries nice and flat under my jacket. While its obviously a fighting knife, I've found it suitable for more mundane tasks as well.
2011-08-02 Covina, CA
just received my hissatsu today. I must say, what an amazing knife, its the perfect size in my opinion. Again my hats off to James and CRKT. My only wish is that it had the same handle as Hisshou. Then it would be the perfect knife.
2011-07-13 Benton, AR
I bought 2 of these knives. One for my son in Alaska so he would have some sort of self defense tool while he is wandering the wilderness areas. The other for me that I intend to hog hunt with. I feel it is certainly up to the task as I think the sharp edge and sharp point with its light weight will work great.