For immediate release.
Contacts: Rod Bremer, Lindsey Phelps, 1-800-891-3100 or 503-685-5015
Fax: 503-682-9680 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.A.— January 19, 2010
The name Hisshou™ means “certain victory.” This CRKT® professional
tool is the modern embodiment of the close-quarters sword of the
Let us be clear: the Hisshou™, designed by James Williams for Columbia River Knife &
Tool® (CRKT)®, is a specialized tool that is 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.
The Hisshou comes into play when the operator’s firearms cannot be used, as often happens
in entry and search operations. It is designed for multiple carry options depending on the
choice of the operator.
The Hisshou’s 13” full-tang 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 16.4 ounces, the Hisshou also offers superior slashing ability as
compared to the Hissatsu.
James has followed centuries of Japanese tradition in designing the classic cord-wrapped
handle with ray skin underlays, which compares very well to more modern handle materials,
giving excellent grip under all conditions.
We have designed a custom Kydex® sheath with a convertible belt-mounting system for the
Hisshou. 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.
The belt clip can be attached with the Chicago screws provided for vertical or horizontal
carry. There is also a quick-release retaining strap.
Each Hisshou comes in a custom dark lacquered wooden box for presentation and storage.
The Hisshou demands respect, and is certainly not a sport or work knife, but it can truly be a
lifesaver for the military professional. This is a knife that would have been carried by the
The Hisshou MSRP of $325.00 gives a further indication of its serious intent.
Hisshou Sheath (included with knife)
Overall length: 13.875” (352 mm)
3.0” (76 mm)
6.7 oz. (190 g)
All CRKT knives are protected by the CRKT Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Columbia River Knife & Tool is dedicated to producing knives, tools, and accessories
of uncompromising quality and selling them at affordable prices. CRKT products are
distributed through specialty retail, sporting goods and cutlery stores that offer customers
knowledgeable service and are available from www.crkt.com or other reputable web site
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High Satin Finish, Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
Length: 13.0” (330 mm)
Thickness: 0.26” (6.5 mm)
Steel: YK-30, 57-59 HRC
Overall length: 18.38” (467 mm)
16.4 oz. (465 g)
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