Register/Log In My Account
Home > Tactical Knives > Folding Tactical Knives > Otanashi noh Ken - Designed by James Williams

Otanashi noh Ken - Designed by James Williams

Rated: 4.7/5
(13 reviews)   Read reviews
  Sign in to review.
(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
As a veteran and current martial arts practitioner/instructor, James Williams knows cutlery—especially the tactical variety. So, it's no surprise that his Hissatsu™ knife designs have quickly become mainstays within the military Special Forces and tactical Law Enforcement communities across the globe.

Whether a folding or fixed blade knife variation, these are focused, single-purpose knives, for use in close quarters battle (CQB) environments, either as a primary or a secondary weapon to augment the handgun in the hands of well-trained professionals.

The Otanashi noh Ken™ was designed by James Williams per a request from SOCOM for a larger, thinner, folding combat knife that was easy to carry and conceal.

The Osoraku style blade, made famous by the 16th century Samurai warlord Takeda Shingen, is efficient and effective. This knife has a longer blade than the Hissatsu™ Folder and yet is slimmer to carry than the popular Heiho folding knife.

The Otanashi noh Ken™ and Hissatsu™ knife designs were developed for exceptional penetrating ability in tactical use situations.

The clip allows deep, inconspicuous, carry and the frame lock design is for strength and simplicity in operations.

James Williams' work with worldwide military Special Operations and his extensive classical Samurai training means that this knife is designed to perform at the highest level, when you need it most.

OtanashiNohKen ratings and reviews
Users must be registered & logged in to rate/review a product.

No. of ratings: 10
 4.7/5.0 Stars  
Number of Reviews: 13
  • 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

  • 2013-06-02
    Chazy, NY
I just bought 2 of these knives, one for my friend and one for myself...I have been a fan of CRKT knives for some time and I have several different models. I have to say that i am impressed and love the slim design and unique blade shape. The fact it is low profile in my pocket is great as well. When I'm on duty, I love having this knife on me, whether it is on the street or when I'm working overseas. Justin

  • 2013-06-02
    Capistrano Beach, CA
Like the design and materials. Easy to carry

  • 2013-05-25
    orinda, CA
Let me start by saying, I LOVE almost every CRKT product ive bought or handled. The exception you ask??? This knife, the materials are awesome, the blade is WICKED and ive had mine for just iver a week and there is aready play in the blade. Now, I carry and use my knives my job requires a good blade. But this Knife just doesn't seem up to the task advertised, I mean if this knife was designed for SOCOM like they say I would imagine it would stay tight for longer than a week, especially for the price. Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10 im saying 6, because to me the fit and finish just isnt there. I'll be going back to my M16-T ive had that for three years and its still rock solid. Also, i'd be happy to trade the otanashi for the hissatsu im thinking the problem is the frame lock. ***CRKT RESPONSE - Thank you for your feedback. We have not had any issues with the Otanashi noh Ken, so we are surprised to hear. We will reach out to your directly to help resolve (maybe the pivot screw needs tightening or something?) and thank you again for your feedback, it is helpful. CRKT

  • 2013-04-02
    FPO, AP
Great knife the opening is a little stiff at first, but is VERY smooth. Super slim profile, and sits very very low in the pocket The texture is superb and never feels like it's going to slip out of your hand. on the down side, I've never been a fan of tip up carry, but as long as you keep it in your pocket with the blade side back, you'll be fine. I was keeping mine in a cargo pocket, like the ones you find on BDUs, and I noticed that it would open up when i ran or jumped over objects, so I moved it to a more traditional pocket and haven't had a problem since. I'm also not a fan of locking systems on my knifes, and I was planning on removing it from this knife when i got it, but after using it for about a month now, I've seen that it's not going to lock unless you REALY want it to.

  • 2013-03-21
    Houston, TX
Typical CRKT quality however deployment for me was not too easy, very stiff and hard to open. Manually working the knife opening and it is getting better. All I have shown the knife to wants one.

  • 2013-03-19
    Alamogordo, NM
Great design and balance. The blade deployment is even better than I expected and the slim profile is not noticeable or bulky in the pocket. I love it.

Add to Wishlist

Otanashi noh Ken - Designed by James Williams

Item Number: OtanashiNohKen
Select Color Type:
Combo Edge(2916) - $150.00
Plain Edge(2906) - $150.00
Add to shopping cart

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

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

MaterialBlack G10

TypeFrame Lock
Safety SystemLAWKS

Carry System1 Position Clip

Product Information
Product Accessories
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.
More Info
Company Information
Email Sign Up
Sign up for email news and
specials and receive a coupon code for 10% off your next order.
CRKT | Facebook
CRKT | Instagram
CRKT | Youtube
CRKT | Twitter