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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 LAWKS® 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 LAWKS®,the Lake and Walker Knife Safety innovation. LAWKS® 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. Just fully deploy the blade, slide the LAWKS® lever forward to engage the safety system and it's game on. When you're done with your duty, slide the lever back, disengage the frame lock, 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™.

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No. of ratings: 11
 4.6/5.0 Stars  
Number of Reviews: 15
  • 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

  • 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.

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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 SystemLAWKS

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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