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Otanashi noh Ken - Designed by James Williams

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(OtanashiNohKen) Otanashi noh Ken - Designed by James Williams
(OtanashiNohKen) Otanashi noh Ken - Designed by James Williams
(OtanashiNohKen) Otanashi noh Ken - Designed by James Williams
(OtanashiNohKen) Otanashi noh Ken - Designed by James Williams
(OtanashiNohKen) Otanashi noh Ken - Designed by James Williams
(OtanashiNohKen) Otanashi noh Ken - Designed by James Williams
(OtanashiNohKen) Otanashi noh Ken - Designed by James Williams
OtanashiNohKen description
More Than a Knife, It's a Threat Extinguisher.

A large folding tactical knife with the manual locking liner safety innovation, it's specifically designed for one reason: to say sayonara to any evil that comes your way in close quarter battle environments.

The Otanashi noh Ken™ is designed by the venerable James Williams of Encinitas, CA. A veteran and martial arts practitioner/instructor, he knows cutlery—especially the tactical variety. In fact, his knife designs have quickly become mainstays within the military Special Forces and tactical Law Enforcement communities across the globe. So when SOCOM needed a larger, thinner, folding combat knife that was easy to carry and conceal, Williams answered the call.

Longer than the Hissatsu™ Folder, yet slimmer to carry than the popular Heiho™ knife, the Otanashi noh Ken™ gives you exceptional concealment options and superior blade penetrating ability. Featuring an Osoraku style blade, made famous by the 16th century Samurai warlord Takeda Shingen, it's efficient and effective. Add to that the non-reflective finish on the blade for better concealment and the enemies of freedom will never see it coming.

In hostile situations, the most important thing is to protect yourself. That's why the knife comes with our locking liner safety. It sets a pin between the locking liner and the frame. This pin acts as an additional layer of safety, so the locking liner is less likely to disengage during use. To engage the safety, push the lever forward. To close the knife, pull the lever back, slide the locking liner over, and fold the blade into the closed position.

The blade of the Otanashi noh Ken™ is laser engraved with Japanese kanji that means "The Silent Sword," a fitting name for a knife designed to defend quickly and quietly. This blade also comes with a G10 handle for unmatched grip and a clip that allows for deep inconspicuous carry. You'd expect nothing less from a designer who has extensive classical Samurai training.

When you need a mission tool that you can count on and can't draw your firearm because it's too loud, reach for the silent sword in your pocket—the Otanashi noh Ken™.

Also Available:

Otanashi noh Ken™ with Veff Serrations™ (2916)

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No. of ratings: 5
 4.6/5.0 Stars  
Number of Reviews: 7
  • 2015-12-16
    yarmouth, ME
i have looked for a knife like this for 20 years very concealable black coating and long blade fits just right in my eye glass case

  • 2015-08-14
    New Market, AL
Just got my Otanashi noh Ken in today. What a beautiful knife It really looks like it means serious business. It does not have a spring assist like the Hissatsu that I previously purchased and was getting used to. That caught me off guard a little. I almost let my thumb get into the business end of it, expecting it to flip open on its own after pushing on the thumb screw a little, the first time that I opened it. That would not have been pretty. After cracking the blade open, this knife opens very smartly and easily with a small flick of the wrist. CRKT, please include some opening instructions in the box to keep some poor soul, like myself, from learning the hard way. This knife is extremely sharp, like a razor, out of the box and like the Hissatsu,the quality is more than obvious.

  • 2015-08-12
    Wauwatosa, WI
Have had mine for 19 months... LOVE IT DEAN (from Cali. POSTED: 5/25/2013): reply to this post if interested in trading your "defective-ish" knife and we can come to some sort of trade. I'm a bit of a collector a huge knife nut I'm positive I have something that you'd like Either put your email in a reply post

  • 2014-09-01
    Providence, RI
Would be wonderful without the black finish. Polished from stem to stern would be most impressive. I'll buy a few when that happens.

  • 2014-01-08
    fargo, ND
My previous review basically said i love this knive and it is my #1 defensive carry blade,except the blade tip can and will come in contact with and cut your finger when drawing it from your pocket.I mentioned my concern on the and he suggested my knive may have a QT problem.I contacted CRKT and was immediately sent a new Otanashi Noh Ken and it is perfect, as well as perfectly safe on the fingers in reguard to the closed tip and finger contact.Huzzah, CRKT on wonderful customer service.This knive is popular for good reason,and so is CRKT.

  • 2013-11-07
    Wadsworth, OH
One of the best knives I own. First off, I don't see how the tip of the blade protrudes out of the handle when folded: not even a little. I'm not going to worry about that, at least in mine. It's sharp, holds it's edge a long time and looks awesome too. It's pretty much having a foldable pocket katana. Not many knives I have owned felt like a pocket SWORD. It's not big though either. It's the perfect size for my pockets. The Clip is also perfect. Another plus is the second locking mechanism. It's awesome to have it there just in case. I haven't used it yet but i know it'll always be there for me. Great job CRKT.

  • 2013-10-23
    new bedford, MA
I concur w/ Kenneth that handle should be extended to avoid the occurrence of finger laceration ..happened to me twice in a cargo pocket...otherwise an excellent knife ...ceg133

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Product Specifications
Open Overall Length10.13 inches
Weight6.4 ounces

Length4.52 inches
Thickness0.16 inches
MaterialAUS 8
FinishBead Blast (Black Corrosion Resistant Coating)
StyleModified Tanto

MaterialBlack G10

TypeFrame Lock
Safety SystemLocking Liner Safety

Carry System1 Position Clip

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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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