The Hisshou, designed by James Williams, is a specialized tool that is intended for military personnel and special forces. The Hisshou is designed to meet the specific requests of coalition forces overseas for a more powerful tactical tool than his CRKT Hissatsu™, which is in wide use.
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.
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 CRKT designed custom Kydex® sheath has 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 carry. Simply press in the injection-molded nylon retaining clip for instant attachment or release.
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 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.
The Hisshou comes with a beautiful lined display box, as seen in the pictures above.
I don't write reviews that often if ever, but I just had to for this blade. First off I didn't think a mass produced blade would be this perfect but it is. From the finish to the handle to the scary sharp edge this is a great value for the money! The display case in itself is a work of art in my opinion. Very well made and fits like a glove. This is just a collector for me but I have no doubt it could handle whatever you throw at it. I will surely be getting the 2 little brothers of this blade without any worries.
Some while back I ordered all three - papa bear, mama bear & baby bear. Gave all three to my grandson for his collection. Missed them so much I ordered the mama bear & baby bear thinking that would be sufficient. Wrong!!!! Found that the Hisshou is now a discontinued model. Perhaps even the other two. Decided I had better get the Hisshou and have all three again before none of them were no longer available. This knife & the progressively smaller ones are just plain awesome. I'm partial to both the Japanese and Nepalese style blades. Glad I got this blade before it is too late.
Blade is very pretty, and very functional. The thing I like most about it is the zero grind. I read somewhere (I forgot where) that the edge isn't sharp. Mine is razor sharp right out of the box.
Be prepared too be awestruck when you lay you're hands on this blade it truly is a work of art it's worth every penny the edge is incredibly sharp and holds the ability the be honed again and again the handle is awesome it's grippy as well as tough the sheath needed some minor mods to make it able too be carried this is my fourth Williams blade and I will be buying more there just quality and the performance is unreal
Hefty and sturdy, it's a great chopper and slicer. Sheath could be better imo but I love it.
Very pleased to see how well this blade is made. For a production knife there is a lot to love. The sheath is subpar but the knife its self is simply amazing. Well worth the money spent.