Posted August 20, 2009 by Howard
Columbia River Hisshou 13″ YK-30 High-Carbon, High Satin Finished Tanto Blade
Columbia River Knife and Tool has created a veritable sword in this new combat knife- the Hisshou. It’s a thing of beauty. Columbia River Knife and Tool really is one of the most creative companies in our industry and this item really shows that.
Columbia River Knife and Tool has this to say about it:
The name means “certain victory.” It is the modern embodiment of the close-quarters sword of the Samurai.
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 the Hissatsu.
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 conditions.
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.
o 2910: High Satin finish, Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge
o Blade: Length: 13.0″ (330 mm)
o Thickness: 0.26″ (6.5 mm)
o Steel: YK-30, 57-59 HRC
o Knife: Overall length: 18.38″ (467 mm)
o Weight: 16.4 oz. (465 g)
o Hisshou Sheath: (included with knife, preliminary specifications)
o Material: Kydex
o Overall length: 13.75″ (349 mm)
o Width: 2.50″ (64 mm)
o Weight: 7.0 oz. (198 g)
*Note: Shipping on this item will be at least $9.90 (for U.S. orders) due to the weight of this item. International shipments would start at a higher rate.*
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.”