Let us be clear: the Hisshou™, designed by James Williams, 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
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
We have designed a custom Kydex® sheath with a patented* quick-release
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. Simply press in the injection-molded nylon
retaining clip for instant attachment or release.
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 Samurai.
2910: High Satin finish, Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
Blade: Length: 13.0" (330 mm)
Thickness: 0.26" (6.5 mm)
Steel: YK-30, 57-59 HRC
Knife: Overall length: 18.38" (467 mm)
Weight: 16.4 oz. (465 g)
Hisshou Sheath: (included with knife, preliminary specifications)
Overall length: 13.75" (349 mm)
Width: 2.50" (64 mm)
Weight: 7.0 oz. (198 g)
About the Knife Designer
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, producer of fine Samurai swords. He
is an expert in both ancient and modern martial arts and has developed
The System of Strategy, a unique approach to unarmed combatives based on
the ancient samurai system of close quarters combat. He is
internationally known as a trainer of special operations units,
government agencies, and law enforcement organizations, both foreign and
domestic. James teaches combatives, self-defense, low-light tactics, and
firearms. James is the designer of the Hisshou, Hissatsu Fixed Blade and
Folder. He comments, that for tactical purposes, “The fixed blade is
superior to the folder in every respect. Our goal with the Hissatsu
Folder was not to replace the fixed blade knife, but rather to offer the
best alternative possible when circumstances demand other options."