CRKT Otanashi Noh Ken, designed by James Williams

CRKT Otanashi Noh KenThe Sword of Silence.  Columbia River Knife and Tool designer James Williams states it is the Japanese translation of Otanashi noh Ken, the name of CRKT’s new folder.  With its large 4.6″ tanto blade in Osoraku style, the Otanashi noh Ken resembles a pocket samurai sword.  I was able to handle and photograph this prototype OnK at the 2013 SHOT Show.

In doing a little research, I discovered that the osoraku-zukuri blade shape has a long kissaki or tip section, which may extend to 2/3 of the blade length.  It makes for a rakish, very pointy blade which has superior penetrating ability.  As a former U.S. Army officer, martial arts instructor, and President of the Bugei Trading Company, Mr. Williams’ designs are steeped in martial prowess.  It is said the OnK was made at the request of SOCOM personnel.

IMG_1432Okay, let’s talk basics.  OnK is a frame lock…

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