CRKT KNIVES / Shizuka noh Ken folding knife

A tactical folding knife that’s compact in size but packed with defensive power

CRKT and James Williams release a mission-proven knife that’s ready to be transported anywhere.

CRKT announces the new Shizuka noh Ken. A new compact version of the famous Otanashi noh Ken tactical knife, it features a Samurai style blade and the manual LAWKS® safety innovation to perform its duty at the highest level when you need it most.

James Williams of Encinitas, CA is the designer behind the Shizuka noh Ken. A veteran and martial arts practitioner/instructor, his knives have been staples for military Special Forces and tactical Law Enforcement professionals around the world. The new compact version is easier to carry, more concealable, and is the perfect complement to your personal defense tools. In use by Special Operations warriors even before its introduction to the public, this design has proven extremely effective in high-risk environments.

In use by Special Operations warriors , this design has proven extremely effective in high-risk environments

The knife, that’s name translates to “hidden blade”, features a classic Osaraku style blade shape made famous by the 16th century Samurai warlord Takeda Shingen. This clip point blade design provides you with an efficient and effective cutting tool and shows up when called upon for deep penetrating and slashing duties. At 3.75” it’s the perfect size for practical defense security wherever it’s put to use.

Structural integrity is paramount with this blade while it’s putting anything else at risk. That’s why the knife comes with the manual LAWKS® safety innovation. LAWKS® sets a pin against the frame lock, creating a virtual fixed blade that is safer and less likely to fail than most locks in hard use situations. Just fully deploy the blade, slide the LAWKS® lever forward to engage the safety system and its game on. When you’re done, slide the lever back, disengage the frame lock, and fold the blade into the closed position

The Shizuka noh Ken also comes with a G10 handle for unmatched grip and a clip that allows for deep inconspicuous carry. You’d expect nothing less from a designer who has extensive classical Samurai training. When you need a tactical folding knife that’s compact in size but packed with defensive power against any bad guys, reach for the Shizuka noh Ken.

The knife is exclusively available at Blade through January, 2015.

The Shizuka noh Ken knife manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $140.00.




Edge: Plain

Length: 3.670” (93.2 mm)

Steel: AUS8

Thickness: 0.150” (3.8 mm)

Finish: Black Corrosion Resistant Coating

Closed: 4.550”(115.6mm)

Open: 8.250” (209.5 mm)

Weight: 4.2 oz. (119.0 g)

Handle: Black G10

Style: Folding Knife w/Frame Lock

U.S. Patent No. 5,596.808