Let us be clear: the Shinbu™, designed by James Williams, are
specialized tools 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 isshou.
These knives come into play when the operator's firearms cannot be used,
as often happens in entry and search operations. They are designed for
multiple carry options depending on the choice of the operator.
The Shinbu 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 13.3 ounces and a 9.25"
blade, the Shinbu also offers superior slashing ability as compared to
James has followed centuries of Japanese tradition in designing these
classic cord-wrapped handles with ray skin underlays, which compares
very well to more modern handle materials, giving excellent grip under
We have designed custom-fitted Kydex® sheaths with a convertible
beltmounting system for the Shinbu. 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. A belt clip can be attached with
the Chicago screws provided for vertical carry. There is also a
quick-release retaining strap.
Each of these knives comes in a custom dark lacquered wooden box for
presentation and storage.
The Shinbu demands respect, and are certainly not sport or work knives,
but they can truly be a lifesaver for the military professional. These
are knives that would have been carried by the Samurai.
Open Overall Length: 14.75 inches
Weight: 13.3 ounces
Length: 9.25 inches
Thickness: 0.233 inches
Style: Modified Tanto
Material: Cord Wrap over Sting Ray
Carry System: Kydex Sheath
Full Tang: Yes
Presentation Box: Yes
Made in Asia