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CRKT Otanashi noh Ken

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CRKT Otanashi noh Ken

CRKT Otanashi noh Ken



As a veteran and practitioner/instructor, James Williams knows cutlery, especially the tactical variety. So, it's no surprise that his Hissatsu knife designs have quickly become mainstays within the military Special Forces and tactical Law Enforcement communities across the globe. Whether a folding or fixed blade knife variation, these are focused, single-purpose knives, for use in CQB environments in the hands of well-trained professionals.

The Otanashi noh Ken was designed by James Williams per a request from SOCOM for a larger, thinner, folding knife that was easy to carry.

The Osoraku style blade, made famous by the 16th century Samurai warlord Takeda Shingen, is efficient and effective. This knife has a longer blade than the Hissatsu Folder and yet is slimmer to carry than the popular Heiho folding knife.

The clip allows deep, inconspicuous, carry and the frame lock design is for strength and simplicity in operations.

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.


Code CR2906
Limited Edition: No
Brand: CRKT
Blade Material: AUS8 Stainless Steel
Blade Length (cm): 11.4
Blade Thickness (cm): 0.4
Overall Length (cm): 25.4
Blade Hardness (HRC): 58-59 HRC
Blade Shape: Clip Point
Blade Coating: Black Corrosion Resistant Coating
Blade Finish: Bead Blast
Handle Material: G10
Lock Type: Frame Lock
Sheath: No
Pocket Clip: Yes


  1. Near perfectReview by
    I can see why this has now sold out. (Posted on )
  2. Excellent!Review by
    Ordered at 1 in the afternoon, arrived next morning, as usual, excellent service!
    The knife is very nice, rock hard lock up, very easy to fl*ck open, and actually sharp enough to shave hair off my arm.
    Very cool looking knife, and brilliantly designed.
    (Posted on )
  3. Heavy Duty BladeReview by
    Always a big wow factor when I open a CRKT knife.
    This is a strong well built knife, absolutely l*l in appearance, extra locking mechanism for safety. Not that sharp but I prefer it that way as I don't actually
    use my knives.
    CRKT are becoming favorites in my collection.
    Thanks to Richard for his help.
    (Posted on )
  4. dont own this knifeReview by
    ok i dont own this knife , but i did buy an assisted opening , autolawks version and its awesome, opens fast and easily one handed and the autolawks system means its almost impossible to accidentally close while in use, yes it could be sharper but didnt take too long to hone. and has stayed nice and sharp. the handle is nice and big to help with grip.

    have to say the knife is pretty good and would give it 5 stars
    (Posted on )
  5. Knice Nife ;)Review by
    Someone mentioned in a previous comment that this wasn't exactly razor sharp otb - I have to agree and in doing so removed a star from my rating. That being said, everything else is of the highest order, easily sharpened it to a mirror polish due to the AUS 8, sturdy lock up with no play, the LAWKS is a stroke of genius which gives me complete confidence when in reverse grip and employing a full force downward stabbing motion - the lock won't fail, a great super deep pocket clip, nicely textured G10 scales, that black unspecified coating on the blade has held up to some vigorous abuse and does not show any wear (tough as any DLC), and a nicely sized handle. Great blade, I feel my 4 star rating is a bit harsh because apart from the sharpness otb everything else is great - but when you spend over ú100 on a knife it should be sharp when you get it, surely. (Posted on )
  6. Discreet and dangerousReview by
    I'm a big fan of this knife. It feels great with it's no nonsense minimalist handle. It deploys very quickly after a little bit of practice. It locks solidly thanks to the excellent decision to go with a frame lock. Mine is very sharp and the tip makes you go ouch! with the slightest touch.
    I've read and heard a few gripes about the position of the safety lock causing "discomfort" to delicate thumbs. My response is grow a pair princess and don't be such a baby. This knife was designed to be deadly, for use against an enemy when one really needs it, thumb comfort will be a minor concern in such a situation.
    I'm so glad that CRKT went for total shtf performance with this ace knife. I have a lot of fun just fiddling with it and admiring it. This knife has that inherent attractiveness that you find on perfectly designed tools.
    (Posted on )
  7. MrReview by
    Extremely disappointing in my opinion. The blade itself wasn't overly sharp OTB. The dual grind didn't help this - it would have been better designed with a clean upswept grind (at an acuter angle). The frame lock is good, but the additional manual lock is poorly designed as there is no place for the thumb to sit comfortably near the blade, reducing the effective holds for the knife as a whole. Also, just my opinion, but it doesn't feel right in the hand. It feels more like a shiv than a cutting tool, and considering why this was developed, it should be able to function admirably at both. (Posted on )
  8. Simplified ExcellenceReview by
    I love the entire "oriental line" from James Williams and CRKT, the Hissatsu, Hisshou, Heiho and others. The new offering is sharp, very pointy and locks up perfectly.
    The new Otanashi also has some features removed that make it a better fit for me, no outburst or auto Lawks.
    Add on a bigger blade and thinner handle and I must admit I love it. Recommended if you need a folding "cheese slicer" that doesn't need much carrying space.
    (Posted on )
  9. Good but not ready?Review by
    With all due respect to James Williams and the "well-trained professionals" he made this knife for, it could seriously use some kind of flipper rather than the existing opening device (or perhaps an option of both) if it is to make a serious tactical folder. First, it would allow for a more controlled and silent opening of the blade. Second and more important, a flipper acts as a finger guard protecting the wielding hand from being accidently cut or even losing fingers. I know there are many various grip methods and so on, but if you think this is a mute point then you're not really serious about designing a good tactical blade (or you are too blinded from reality by your own particular school of thought and practice). This is especially important on a folder, since no lock on earth is totally secure and immune to breakage. (Posted on )

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