CRKT Shizuka noh Ken Frame Lock Knife G-10 (3.75" Black) 2926

Item #BHQ-26247
MSRP: $140.00
Our Price: $84.95
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  • Overall Length: 8.25"
  • Blade Length: 3.625"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.50"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.14"
  • Blade Material: AUS-8
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Finish: Black
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.50"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.43"
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Color: Black
  • Frame/Liner: Steel
  • Weight: 4.20 oz.
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Disc
  • Lock Type: Frame Lock
  • Brand: CRKT
  • Model: Shizuka noh Ken
  • Model Number: 2926
  • Designer: James Williams
  • Country of Origin: Taiwan
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry, Tactical
  • Product Type: Knife

The Shizuka noh Ken folder is a follow-up to the popular James Williams designed Otanashi noh Ken knife from CRKT. Its name translates to "hidden blade", which summarizes its intended role of providing the user with an even more compact tactical knife that can easily be carried inconspicuously in everyday fashion and as a complement to your personal defense tools.

Like its larger sibling, the Shizuka noh Ken knife has an Osoraku style blade, made famous by the 16th century Samurai warlord Takeda Shingen. In the closed position, the blade fits cleanly in the slim handle, ready to be deployed using the thumb disk. A black G-10 slab handle with a stainless steel frame lock provide both strength and grip. Working in tandem with the frame lock is a manual LAWKS safety that ensures virtual fixed blade safety and performance with the slide of the lever. The final piece, rounding out an impressive folding knife, is the discrete deep carry pocket clip.

James Williams' work with worldwide military Special Operations and his extensive classical Samurai training means that this knife is designed to perform at the highest level, when you need it most.

Customer Reviews

Ultimate defense knife!
Craig P. on Jan 6, 2018

The Shizuka Noh Ken in my opinion is the best designed self defense folder out on the market! Very practical and very user friendly. Also what I love about this knife is it’s very concealable with the deep pocket carry clip. The blade is razor sharp out of the box and everything about this blade is well thought out! Buy it!

Great knife
Daniel R. on Sep 6, 2019

This is a great knife for self defense. Not too big or too small. It is a rare knife in that it is equally good for piercing or slicing, against an opponent. Even though it is small and discreet it also has enough weight to hit a person if needed. A lot of people will be put off by the AUS 8 steel but keep in mind this is not really an edc but knife that should only be used when needed for its primary purpose. It sharpens extremely well. James Williams knows better then us on what we need for a self defense knife. I have knives that are more of a name brand and are more expensive but if my life was on the line, i would pick this one.

Who sez?
William M. on Sep 21, 2019

Not an EDC? I beg to differ! This sweet knife does all that I ask of it! Plus, it's intimidating as hell! Regular maintenance keeps it sharp and corrosion free, great pocket clip, ergonomic scales, unobtrusive non-auto lock! A favourite in my collection!

Highly Impressed.
Chris B. on Dec 31, 2018

Now I didn’t really have any reservations about this knife being a James Williams design. I was, however, weary of CRKT as I never used there products before and AUS 8 is NOT even close to my list of acceptable steels, especially when higher end steels are coming done significantly in price. And it seems there quality control is hit or miss. However as a knife maker, I wasn’t worried to bad as AUS 8 could be a decent metal if treated right. And it’s James freakin’ Williams! With that being said, this knife still intrigued me as a lifelong martial artist, instructor, and combatant. I like James Williams and his designs so when I came across this I kept coming back. Again and again... and again. Finally I it the bullet and said let’s try it. What got me largely is the design and shape. EVERY western production knife from Emerson to Boker get the tanto shape and concept COMPLETELY WRONG. Mainly because they look through western lenses and apply that to an eastern concept. This design is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to an effective combat tanto that is not overly beefy and has the correct geometry for adequate stabbing and thrashing with the concepts of the cuts and follow ups. Basically you usually get a bunch of non practitioners designing knives... that’s like having garbage man creating a 5 star menu at a restaurant . You get a lot of cool looking things, that don't actually make sense in application. Not with the Shizuka Noh Ken. This knife was designed purely for application by a man who understands, employs, and teaches application of the blade. Next to my FOX Karambit developed by Doug Marcaida, this is the best fighting knife I’ve come across in 31 years of hard use knife wielding. Let’s get to the knife. The fit and finish is phenomenal. The deployment is lightening fast and as smooth as butter. I barley flick my thumb on the perfect sized thumb stud and it flies open, and is unassisted.. wow! The shape of the blade is just flawless and so beautiful. It compliments the economy of movement so well. The frame lock is super strong and the manual LAWKS is a really cool system, the ease of use is great in tense situations where motor skills can be compromised. It’s also nice to have the LAWKS to prevent the blade from getting caught and slamming shut in hard use... there’s a lot of hard things in a human body... the way this knife feels in the hand is where it really wins. The G10 is very smooth, but really grippy, and the steel frame fits very nice in the hand. You do feel like you become one with this blade. It’s very comfortable in any grip and easy to switch around grips. Easily the most comfortable knife to wield In my opinion. It’s a solid and very beautiful knife. And hey it make change my mind on a well heat treated production AUS 8 blade. I also have to add, I have an endless budget with knives meaning price point of a knife is irrelevant to me. However, the price point at $85 was nice, but I’d pay the full $140 for this any day. So it’s not a budget knife by any means to this critics out there who knock CRKT. It’s no safe queen or pocket beater; it’s a hard use, edc, fighter. Very impressed. I highly recommend this knife to anyone serious about edge combat, or edged martial arts in general. You won’t be disappointed! Solid job CRKT! You have a new customer who will be buying a lot more of your products in the future.

I bought two
Daniel L. on Mar 15, 2019

This is my overall favorite folder by far. I bought my first one while it was a BHQ exclusive. The osaraku style tanto blade lends itself to any EDC task while still being a perfect defensive knife. The handle is exceptionally ergonomic and the blade works exceedingly well for anything from food prep to cutting cardboard or nylon webbing. I bought a second one once the price dropped from MSRP so I had one to EDC while I was busy honing the other one back to a razor sharp edge. For a budget knife you can't go wrong with the Shizuka Noh Ken.

Favorite knife to carry.
Brandon M. on Jan 5, 2018

Hides comfortably in the pocket and is a capable edc knife that gives you the option of an excellent combat tool if ever needed.

The Ideal Modern, Urban EDC Tactical Folder at a Fair Price
Greg E. on Mar 24, 2016

I saw this knife and had to have it. It looks like something a ninja cyborg assassin would have in an anime movie. I've EDCed a number of tactical knives similar to this and I just keep falling more and more in love with it. It's tiny and incredibly lightweight for how large and sturdy it is open. At 3.75" (really about 3.5" of cutting edge) it's small enough to carry in many urban areas. It feels rock solid even without the secondary lock (don't forget to practice engaging it). One of the least visible knives to carry in the pocket I've owned. Great for people who wear tighter or more delicate clothing, or don't like a big, heavy, thick folding knife in their pocket. The pivot is offset to make it easy to flick open. If I had to find something to complain about it would be that the choil could be a little deeper and a wave feature would have been nice.

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