Hisshou - Razor Sharp High Carbon Steel - Certain Victory Sword


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  • Combat-proven, sharp tactical short sword
  • 13" Dual grind YK-30 carbon steel blade
  • Traditionally wrapped rayskin handle
  • Custom kydex sheath with quick release
  • Designed by James William for CRKT
  • Blade HRC: 57-59
  • Overall length: 18 2/5"

High Satin finish, Razor-Sharp Cutting Edge

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 Hissatsuâ„¢, 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.

Product Specifications:
Blade: Length: 13.0" (330 mm).
Thickness: 0.26" (6.5 mm).
Steel: YK-30, 57-59 HRC.
Knife: Overall length: 18.38" (467 mm).
Weight: 16.4 oz. (465 g).

Hisshou Sheath: Included with knife.
Material: Kydex.
Overall length: 13.75" (349 mm).
Width: 2.50" (64 mm).
Weight: 7.0 oz. (198 g).

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Customer Reviews | Average Rating: 5.00 out of 5
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Robert Gallant
Dec 14, 2016
(5 out of 5)

Bought one 2yrs ago for more money. Still worth the price. Chances are if you need it for self defense. you'll be in close quarters. Perfect piece for the job.


Jeremiah Mangrum
Jul 09, 2014
(5 out of 5)

Was looking for a tanto/wakazashi more or less in the back of my mind. What I got with this is a timeless piece of art.

I have a few nice swords at this point and I wanted something more practical, something as a self defense tool.

Being a fan of japanese styled swords already, this is perfect. There are enough reviews on YT to help you decide if this is what you're looking for, but whether you know it now or not, it is :D


Stephen Wadsworth
Mar 06, 2014
(5 out of 5)

The blade is simply gorgeous and it came with a beautiful storage box. The shipping was fast and I have no complaints as of now.


May 05, 2013
(5 out of 5)

I've carried this blade in seven countries! It has never failed to do what It is made for. It is a beautiful blade, the metal is a perfect mix Which allows it to flex but stay extremely sharp and the kydex sheath is Perfect it allows the blade to be carried as a weapon should be according To the gear for the mission! This is my blade there are many like it but This one is mine! Thank you Mr. Williams and BudK.


Gary Pewitt
Dec 09, 2012
(5 out of 5)
Heavenly Hisshou

This is an absolutely magnificent knife. The steel is superior, the workmanship is flawless, the design is incredible. I have a -lot- of knives but this one stands out as one you'd want to have with you when the s.h.t.f.. Even my huge Bowies' and Kukris' will have to take a back seat to the Hisshou when it comes to combat. It is -the- way to go.


Andrew Skoronski
Apr 03, 2012
(5 out of 5)

This modern day sword is one of the best, sharpest, and most beatiful swords you can get for around $200. When using this blade be extremely careful it is the sharpest knife I have ever seen. I am a somewhat serious knife/sword collector and this Hisshou along with my Dragon Fly Wakazashi by Cold Steel are my favorites and gems of my collection/ arsenal. I actually cut my thumb severly while camping in the woods, while being an idiot and using this blade to open a target to shoot at with my 22-250 Remington. Only use this blade for serious or Life or death situations. The only draw back of this blade is the plastic guard that does not adequatly protect your hand if you are not trained or practiced with this blade. I believe this is the perfect model of what a deadly, affordable, and practical 21st century sword should be. Its design, accessability, and deathly beauty are perfect for present day self-defense on any battlefield with enemies within 20 feet with or without a gun.


Kyle Callaway
Feb 26, 2012
(5 out of 5)

This must be the greatest weapon in my arsenal. She did come with a heavy coat of green grease witch was easily wiped off and replaced with a nice coat of oil. once in hand you can feel the power and majesty in your hand of this blade, i wouldn't quite call it a sword though it is large in size but its still compact like a dagger. the blade is a bit heavy but easy to get used to, while practicing this blade will flow its a wonderful weapon the sheath it comes with is what i want all sheaths to be like it takes someone to draw it the blade WILL NOT fall out no matter how hard i shake it upside down it takes someone to draw the blade for it ever to come out this blade is perfect and i wish i could give it more than 5 stars thank you true swords


Shannon Bourke
Jan 12, 2012
(5 out of 5)

I am in love with this thing. Phenomenal craftsmanship is evident in the sword itself, the sheath it comes with, and the box to house the blade.

It is not as sharp as I imagined it would be, but I am comfortable with saying it could slice through anything put in front of it. The description simply could have led me to put too much thought into the quality of the edge.

The price put me off for a while, so I put the thought of purchasing this item aside. Now that I hold this outstanding piece in my hands, I regret waiting so long. Easily 5 stars.


Jordan Steinke
Jan 06, 2012
(5 out of 5)

You pay for what you get, it's an amazing quality sword and came razor sharp. I actually shaved with it one morning.


Havier Padilla
Apr 14, 2011
(5 out of 5)

A great buy. I spent a little out of my price range to get it, but it was worth it. It came as sharp as advertised, and heavy for the size. The handle is made very nicely, like it's supposed to be, with the ray skin wrapped tightly around the metal, and the chord wrapped so tightly that I can't even budge it.


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