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James Williams is one of the most revered martial artists in America. He brings that discipline and unrivaled know-how to this sleek tactical knife. To round out its powerful capability, it’s privy to Field Strip technology and won’t slow down even in the grittiest conditions. This is what happens when a master takes to making.
- Field Strip Technology
- Osoraku Zukuri Modified Tanto Style Blade
- Black Corrosion Resistant EDP Coating
|Blade Length||3.693" (93.8 mm)|
|Blade Thickness||0.136" (3.45 mm)|
|Overall Length||8.563" (217.5 mm)|
|Closed Length||4.854" (123.29 mm)|
|Weight||4.2 oz. (119.07g)|
|Style||Folding Knife w/Liner Lock|
Most famous for his “System of Strategy,” James Williams of Encinitas, California is one who seriously knows his way around a tactical folding knife. Elegance and effectiveness are paramount in Japanese culture both when it comes to martial arts and classic weaponry. James’ expertise bridges the gap between the two and has inspired incredibly famous designs like the Hissatsu™ Folder and the Otanashi Noh Ken™.
The Gōken™ is aptly named—the Japanese word is reserved for only those that embody fortitude. This knife is a worthy addition to his tactical folding knife lineup with a classic James Williams modified Osoraku Zukuri modified tanto blade style finished with a deep black powder coat. The 3.7” blade is deployed from its tough G10 handles with an inconspicuous flipper and held fast with a locking liner amid any dirty job it may confront.
As the first of Williams’ knives that’s been given Field Strip Technology, the Gōken™ is designed to come apart in the field with no tools for cleaning and simple maintenance…because what’s an everyday carry that doubles as a self-defense tool that can’t keep up in the face of grimy adversity?
Because a samurai sword won’t fit in your pocket, the Gōken™ will stand in its place.
How Field Strip Works
Field Strip Technology lets you easily disassemble your knife for cleaning without tools. To disassemble, close the knife, push the front release lever up. Then spin the rear release wheel clockwise —once you feel the handle release, pull it up and away. Handles and blade come apart easily. To bring the knife back together, place the blade and handles into the closed position - press and hold the pivot. Once the pivot is seated correctly, rotate the release wheel counter-clockwise until snug. Push front lever down. The knife is restored to full working order.
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You don’t want to mess with Sensei James Williams. Trust us. A former U.S. Army officer with more than 50 years of experience in the martial arts, he developed The System of Strategy. It’s a unique approach to unarmed combat that he teaches to Special Operations units and law enforcement worldwide. When he is armed, though, you’ll find him brandishing blades he’s created, like the Hisshou® and Hissatsu™ fixed blades, the Shizuka noh Ken™, and the now-legendary Hissatsu™ folder.