James Williams, the designer of the Hissatsu™, is a former Army officer and martial arts practitioner/instructor with over 45 years of experience. He knows cutlery as President of Bugei Trading Company, a producer of fine Samurai swords. As one who has trained tactical law enforcement and military forces for the SureFire Institute, he has developed a unique and powerful approach to unarmed combatives. His system of defensive tactics, known as The System of Tactical Strategy, has its origins in the ancient Samurai military systems as well as the Russian military art of Systema.
A key part of this system is the Hissatsu based on an old Japanese design. The unique shape of the blade, made famous by the legendary Samurai warlord Takeda Shingen, provides enormous penetrating power and superior slashing capability in one blade, which works with the natural motion of the body. James arrived at this modern version as a backup weapon for close-quarters combat. This is a focused single-purpose knife for use in anti-terrorist/close-quarters battle (CQB) environments, either as a primary or a secondary weapon to augment the handgun in the hands of trained professionals.
The Hissatsu's dual grind Tanto blade is black EDP with a non-reflective finish. The Hissatsu features Japanese kanji characters on the blade that signifies, "the killing blade". The handle is in a traditional Japanese pattern but is Twin-Fused™, double injection-molded with a high-impact polypropylene core, butt and hilt, and a non-slip soft textured rubber grip handle surface. Oyatsubo, the emperor node on the omote (outside/public side) of the tuska (handle), allows you to know which direction the blade is facing, even in compromised lighting conditions, by touch.
The custom sheath grips the knife firmly and has a removable belt clip that can be attached high or low, vertically or horizontally with the black two-piece screws provided. There are also holes and slots for carrying on belts, webbing, or equipment.
- Overall: 12.25" (311.15 mm)
- Blade Length: 7.13" (180.98 mm)
- Blade Thickness: 0.20" (5.08 mm)
- Wt: 8.00 oz. (226.80 g)
- Blade Edge: Plain
- Blade Finish: EDP
- Blade Steel: 440A
- Handle: Glass-Reinforced Nylon | Rubber
- Sheath Material: Thermoplastic