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Hissatsu Folder - Designed by James Williams

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(HissatsuFolder) Hissatsu Folder - Designed by James Williams
(HissatsuFolder) Hissatsu Folder - Designed by James Williams
(HissatsuFolder) Hissatsu Folder - Designed by James Williams
(HissatsuFolder) Hissatsu Folder - Designed by James Williams
(HissatsuFolder) Hissatsu Folder - Designed by James Williams
(HissatsuFolder) Hissatsu Folder - Designed by James Williams
(HissatsuFolder) Hissatsu Folder - Designed by James Williams
HissatsuFolder description
When Danger Unfolds, It Does Too.

A folding tactical knife with patented OutBurst® assisted opening and AutoLAWKS™ safety, this knife is ready when the action heats up.

The Hissatsu™ Folder was designed by James Williams, of Encinitas, CA for times when a military special operations or security professional are in environments where they need to be discreet to ensure their own safety. Firing off loud firearms or carrying large blades while performing high-risk duties isn't always an option. Now there is an alternative: the Hissatsu™ Folder. This tactical folding knife can be concealed in a pocket or clipped comfortably under a jacket, and later be deployed for a whole lot of defensive power.

The blade shape is a classical Samurai modified tanto design that gives outstanding penetrating power as well as exceptional slashing performance. It features a premium AUS 8 stainless steel blade for optimal strength and edge-holding ability with good corrosion resistance. Meanwhile, a non-reflective black coating helps it keep a low profile during dark conditions. With a blade length of 3.875" it's safely under the legal limit in most jurisdictions, but it goes way over on performance.

Like you, the knife is ready to spring into defense mode after being opened approximately 30º with our patented OutBurst®assisted opening mechanism. Then it locks automatically into the open position courtesy of our patented AutoLAWKS™ safety that creates a virtual fixed blade. Something good to keep in mind when you have the bad guys breathing down your neck, face or wherever they're a bit too close. To meet jurisdictional regulations, the OutBurst® spring mechanism can be easily disabled with a single set screw.

The handle has a few tricks up its heavy-duty sleeve too with a beefy InterFrame build with stainless steel liners that locks on one side and black glass-reinforced nylon scales that are textured to provide a secure grip. A thumb disk allows rapid opening with either hand, and the custom black stainless steel clip can be quickly and easily mounted right or left-handed with a single screw, yielding a knife that is truly ambidextrous.

This is a tactical folder for the professional that's overbuilt to last a lifetime. If only the same could be said for the enemies of freedom.

U.S. Patent Nos. 5,596,808 and 7,437,822

Also available:

Hissatsu™ Fixed Blade Satin Finish (2907)

Hissatsu™ Fixed Blade Black (2907K)

Hissatsu™ Fixed Blade Tan (2907D)

Hissatsu™ Fixed Blade Trainer (2907T)

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No. of ratings: 9
 4.2/5.0 Stars  
Number of Reviews: 12
  • 2015-03-12
    Long Beach, CA
I got this as a Christmas gift a few years ago. Man what a great knife I've carried many knives over the years and this is by far the best pocket-clipped folding knife I've ever owned. It's intended for one main use--defense. But I've used it for many different applications and it always came through. It is a little bulky sitting on your side but, on the other hand, you always know it's there in case of emergency and that's why I wanted it. Opening and closing took a little practice but once you get it down, it's like art. And the sound it makes when opening is comparable to pumping a shotgun. I also love that the pocket clip can be switched to the other side. That's an important aspect for us lefties. Sadly, I lost it about a year ago and life hasn't been the same...

  • 2014-01-11
    Hackensack, NJ
I recieved this knife a number of years ago as a present, and it has been on my side faithfully for almost 3 years. The outburst took a little time to get used to but eventually I had it down to second nature. Unfortunately for me, I was using it at a fire scene and the locking liner became bent and now I cannot close it unless using a pair of pliers. Overall it holds an edge fantasticly and I have no complaints other than the locking liner bent after years of use and has rendered the knife completely usless -- Anthony CRKT Response: First off Anthony, thank you for your service, we appreciate all the the hardworking fire fighters out there do. It sounds like this knife has served you well and we would hate to see you without one. Our Customer Service department will reach out to you and get you a replacement. Thank you again for your service!

  • 2013-07-29
    Oregon City, OR
I would consider myself as a bit of a knife collector and I have just recently started to take notice of CRKT this is the second knife I have bought from them in the last month or so and I couldn't be happier with CRKT's service and quality. This knife just looks and feels tactical. I mean the size of the bolt alone says Bring IT. Not to mention how fast it opens with a strong secure locking sound this knife is a must have for any tactical knife fan.

  • 2013-06-08
    Sarasota, FL
nice enough knife, but its too stiff. the handle is a little large for the size of the blade, also. I like the way it operates, except for the amount of force it takes to get it open. I am used to big knives, and have big hands, but this one started to give me callouses on my thumb trying to open it. was going to give to my Dad for Fathers Day but I think I'll just keep it because there is no way he could open it, hes 70 years old.

  • 2013-06-02
    Nashville, TN
I've owned more tactical knives than most. Just picked one of these up...It's rocket fast opening and lock-up SOLD me on the spot This is not for the timid Enjoyed James Williams video and was educational. I am retired LE...wished these were available back in late 70's and 80's...I carried a knife ALWAYS Hope to see more of Mr. Williams and his designs in the future. Jeff-

  • 2013-01-30
    Darrington, WA
First of all the knife is a great design....Saying that I am having a lot of trouble even getting it open at this point. The spring tension is very tight and will not allow the knife to come out of the handle with all of my strength. Looks like I will be dealing with CRKT customer service on this blade. ***CRKT RESPONSE - We appreciate the feedback Stephen. A popular misconception in the marketplace is that the Hissatsu Folder is "easy" to open or opens with ease. The Hissatsu Folder is a purpose driven knife, designed to deploy quickly, and built for professional use. There is an excellent video about the knife made by the Designer, James Williams here - If you are still unsatisfied with the knife, please let us know and we can get the situation resolved for you. Thanks again, CRKT

  • 2012-12-19
    Newcastle, WA
This knife is a mean piece of work worth the high rating. The outburst blade system flies open with an intimidating click, you feel the force of inertia as the large blade snaps into place and the entire handle buzzes for a moment from the outburst spring. The pocket clip is twice the width and length of my other CRKT knifes so it holds firmly. When folded the tip fits just a millimeter or so into the open sided handle – you can actually poke your finger on the blade tip with it folded in the handle if you try so watch it. The blade has a CRKT logo on one side and the other side has a ‘Hissatsu Folder’ stamp with some nice kanji symbols which I believe say ‘Product of Taiwan’. This is a folder that provides a great sense of security.

  • 2012-09-30
    portland, OR
i own this knife, and am very happy with it's design and function, overall. easy to carry, easy to open, and very sturdy. however, i really wish to god they have used a different steel, as AUS 8 is a very, very ho-hum steel in terms of edge retention. a knife of this quality should have had something a little more high-performance. moreover, the grind creates a very beefy edge -- CRKT could learn something here from their oregon competitors. if i manage to replicate the blade is a better steel, i will.

  • 2012-06-05
    Ypsilanti, MI
Now that's a knife Just bought one as an early father's day gift to myself. I was a little surprised at how big it is and was concerned about its weight - two things I omitted when shopping for it. However, once I got it in my pocket, it was fine - just noticeable. The edge is razor sharp and action is crisp. The quality of this knife is fantastic for the money. Well worth it. Great job CRKT

  • 2012-06-03
    Snellville, GA
After purchasing a number of tactical folders, I finally found one that truly fits the demands of my everyday environment. That does not mean I am recommending this as an EDC knife. My work requires me to travel across the US and spend days walking around some of the highest crime areas in major cities...alone and in abandoned housing projects. The Hissatsu provides a serious, formidable self defense option that I hope I will never have to use. The knife design is practical for last resort CQB where semi-concealment is desired.The quality is better than anything I have seen for the price, even in knives costing twice the amount of the Hissatsu.The Outburst deployment system is near perfection, and the lockup is fixed-blade solid. If you are looking for a self-defense folder, this is it

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Product Specifications
Open Overall Length8.75 inches
Closed Length5 inches
Weight5.8 ounces

Length3.875 inches
Thickness0.16 inches
MaterialAUS 8
FinishTactical Black Matte
StyleModified Tanto

MaterialGlass Filled Nylon

TypeLocking Liner
Safety SystemAutoLAWKS

Carry System2 Position

PatentU.S. Patents 5,596,808 7,437,822, 5,596,808

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James Williams
James Williams is a former U.S. Army officer with over 45 years of experience in numerous martial arts disciplines. He knows cutlery as President of Bugei Trading Company.
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