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.
The Hissatsu features Japanese kanji characters on the blade that signify, "the killing blade."
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 absolutely LOVE this knife. I've carried it mainly outdoors when camping and hiking despite it's combat fighter application and used it for a couple of light duties. It's obviously not made for bush craft type things, but it does still come in handy in that arena. My reason for giving it the 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the sheath. More importantly, the hard plastic belt loop that attaches to the sheath. I think that could use an upgrade. It's just not pragmatic or functional to the sheath. So much so that I carry mine in a Blackhawk multi-purpose sheath that I originally bought for my KA-Bar. Overall a great knife though.
2015-07-17 Saint louis, MO
I love this knife. I own three. I like I can draw it quickly no matter how I'm carrying it. the emperor node is helpful. I can change grips faster and smoother then with any knife I've trained with. The hissatsu trainer is high quality. It's perfect for what I hope to god I never have to use it for.
2015-04-24 Lemon Grove, CA
I bought the Hissatsu in FOB Sharana, Afghanistan in 2011. After 2 missions, it got assigned a permanent spot on my IOTV as my tertiary weapon, blade up. As I trained with it and maintained it alongside my M4 and M9, it became an integral part of my life. Now that I am back in the states it has become my go to belt knife when I am at home. I sleep with the Hissatsu on my night stand and have more than once investigated unusual noises in the middle of the night with this knife, knowing that this knife wiis a part of me. Quick to pull, enough weight that I know where it is in my hand, and a curve to the blade that fits my style near perfectly. The textured grip prevents sliding and the lack of any excess devices makes this knife easy to maneuver to where I want it. 5 stars Mr. Williams/CRKT.
2013-11-17 Bend, OR
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.