CRKT Hissatsu Folder Knife Review

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CRKT Hissatsu Folder Knife Review:

CRKT Hissatsu Folder Knife Review

There is something about the aesthetics about the CRKT Hissatsu Folder that just attracted me at first. It’s one of the most badass tactical knives still in production in my humble opinion. In terms of aesthetics alone, this knife is a jackpot winner, whether or not it’s a viable tool with a different story.

When I held the CRKT Hissatsu folder, the first thing I noticed even before I paid attention to its wicked tanto blade, is its overall feeling of heft when it’s in your hands. You might be inclined to think this a regular folding knife, from a distance. However, its presence sure is felt in hand.

I would pick: “operator” if I had to sum up the Hissatsu in one word. In appearance, the folder is very tool-like, with a gorgeous oversized pivot, a very nicely textured tacky-rubbery finish and a molded glass filled nylon handles. Tactical is an understatement. Before you even deploy the blade,this knife screams bad intent.

With the blade deployed, CRKT’s Folding Hissatsu truly goes up against life of its own. This knife is truly characterized by its very aesthetics. In no form or shape will anybody ever confuse this knife with anything other than a tactical tool: I mean take a look at it. Who could take one look and think this was an ordinary carry? Just impossible.

The hissatsu is 22.2 cm (8.75 inches) of approximate.

On the CRKT Hissatsu Folder, the blade to handle ratio is not quite balanced, as it has oversized scales. However, this doesn’t feel unnatural in the hand.

Even though the CRKT Hissatsu Folder is quite a modern one, it actually reminds me of an old school tactical knife. The reason for this is because of its essentially pure vicious lines on a clean James Williams design. Now, his designs have always stood out to me as having an extremely old Japanese and American tactical influence. That is clearly seen in the Hissatsu Folder.

The overall length of the blade is 9.8 cm (3.8 inches),and the thickness of the blade is 4 mm (0.16 inches) that’s pretty meaty. The grind tapers to a very acute, but strongly supported tip. I would say that this knife is perfect for piercing cuts, and I wouldn’t change much about it.

By modern standards the lock on the CRKT Hissatsu Folder is relatively thin stainless steel liner lock. Functionally the knife feels sturdy, but I really wish it was thicker, and that it engaged with more authority. Later, if I notice any blade play on down the road, I will update it, but for now it’s perfectly functional.

The pocket clip is not considerate in the slightest. Objectively, it works, however the knife is bulky, heavy and screams, “Look at me, I am a scary knife.” Doesn’t really matter me, yet be advised that this is not a discreet carry in the slightest.

The pocket clip is a single screw construction with a break in the scales to prevent the clip from moving around. Nicely implemented and designed, with the option for left or right carry, yet in both cases, tip down only.

The CRKT Hissatsu Folder hilariously predominates my Fenix LD20. I can’t emphasize on how much pocket space this baby takes up.

The centering is excellent, and the knife screams quality with its fully blacked out everything.Fit and finish is better than expected. Nothing on this blade looks out of place.

When you push the blade past 30 degrees using the thumb stud, the developed tension from the torsion bar takes over and whips out the knife like a demon out of hell. The CRKT is similar to the Kershaw Speed safe system, like in Kershaw’s Tremor or Volt SS knives that I had reviewed a while back and the CRKT outbreak helped knife technology.

In general I don’t like assisted knives very much, but I can’t complain about the incredible speed. It works. At times, I will say that I found the tension to be a bit hard to overcome, however after opening and closing the knife a few hundred times, it has broken in quite nicely.

Helpfully, CRKT give you a guide on the Outburst system, which incorporates detailed photographs on the ideal way to deploy this knife. For the blade to overcome the tension the pressure on the thumb disc has to be straight forwards. It takes a couple of tries to get used to.

Based on photographs you might be inclined to think that the folding CRKT Hissatsu is truly a light knife. However, there is no way you will forget this blade is in your pocket at 164 grams (5.8 ounces).

The bulk of the weight comes from the recessed stainless steel liners that go over the entire scales on both sides. This makes the knife extremely rigid, and I cannot detect any flex whatsoever no matter where I push. Great for a tactical knife but not all that perfect for an EDC. I do wish they skeletonized the liners, as I think it would have truly helped the balance and made the knife significantly more flexible in terms of application, however in a lot of ways James Williams truly did design a mean vintage tactical folder in his trademark aggressive style with no regards for any regular carry applications.

The CRKT Hissatsu Folder is totally unapologetic, and just like the Buck 110, I kind of like that about it.

The Outburst assisted system is quite simple both in implementation and design. I can’t see the basic torsion bar ever binding up or failing due to dirt or sand.

By simply unscrewing one screw you can remove the torsion bar. The choice to effectively have fully manual knife or an assisted opening is awesome. Really well implemented, as well.

The torsion bar sticks out of the butt of the handle. Initially, I thought that they should have sharpened the bar to be utilized as a glass breaker, but I realized it’s not a good idea for the opening mechanism to be used as a striking surface upon further reflection. So, no objections here either.

The Auto-Lawks framework is both genius and very irritating for me. I am used to standard liner locks, and when faced with 2 stage locks my muscle memory is so used to just pushing a liner to unlock a knife, like CRKT’s AutoLawks system, I must admit that at times it drives me crazy. That being said, the Hissatsu has no choil, so should the liner slip I would find myself eternally grateful to have this other safety feature.

The way the Auto-Lawks system works is that when the blade is deployed the Autolawks pushes a tab out, which prevents the liner from travelling all the way to the other side unless the autolawks lever is separated. Very smart two-step procedure.

As I have mentioned earlier, no choil whatsoever on the CRKT Hissatsu Folder.

Gerber Shard Keychain – Quality Control

I noticed two issues in terms of quality control. First, functionally, the grind is uneven at the tang of the knife, though the knife is not impaired. The other issue I noticed was at the apex of the tanto. As you can see from the reflection of light in the middle of the tanto, it had arrived dull from the factory. That being stated, this problem is easily solved. Generally speaking, the CRKT Hissatsu is a very well made and well put together folder.

Gerber Shard Keychain – Blade

The blade profile is exceptionally obtuse. It’s not an incredible slicer, but would be nasty for penetrative cuts, slashes, and stabbing, the wound diameter. I keep saying, yet it’s really true that the Hissatsu is a pure blood tactical knife. Discussing anything beyond tactical applications as such, would do this knife a disservice.

Gerber Shard Keychain – Steel

The steel CRKT chose to use is the admired Aus-8, and as it’s no super steel, the corrosion resistance is above average. For its intended reason (which I hope by now I don’t have to emphasize) it’s perfectly acceptable.

The bevels and tanto moves are flawlessly ground. The powder coating is uniform, and I genuinely can’t detect any flaws. Extremely impressed.

Elaborately, as I have mentioned earlier, one of my favourite aspects of the CRKT Hissatsu Tactical Folder are the oversized pivots that are totally flushed with the scales. I absolutely love them, and it truly accentuates the tool aspect of this knife.

Gerber Shard Keychain – Balance

Balance is handle-biased, the bias is strong enough to be noticeable for prolonged cutting tasks, but not quite as significantly as on a Buck 110. This isn’t a regular folding slicer or a carry, so I don’t find myself caring very much.

Saber grip is neutral on the CRKT Hissatsu Folder. The general mass of the knife and thickness of the scales makes me feel like I am holding a fixed blade instead of a folder, which is kind of nice. No jimping is required as my grip is extremely secure.

Theoretically, choking up works, however its less than ideal. Not suggested for actual use, both because of the ergonomics and the less-than-optimal blade grinds for detailed cuts.

Reverse grip on the CRKT Hissatsu Tactical Folder is incredible. To stab with, if I had to pick one knife, it would definitely be this one.

Interestingly, if the thumb disc was removed,a pinch grip would have been very comfortable, yet once again this knife was designed with tactical applications in mind and thus cutting performance is (rightly) unsatisfactory.

Gerber Shard Keychain – Conclusion

Based on style alone,very few knives in my collection illicit such a visceral reaction; the CRKT Hissatsu Tactical Folder is certainly high up on the list as one of those. If nothing else, in terms of aesthetics I can safely say that this knife really hits all the right notes for me, and that is no mean feat as I simply can’t find anything I don’t like about it visually. It truly is a wicked folder.

Besides stabbing is it good at anything? No, not really. However, it isn’t intended to be. I would never suggest purchasing the Hissatsu to be your sole knife, and I absolutely don’t see myself carrying it regularly every day, even when I carry something else along with it. Realistically it’s unlikely I will ever utilize this knife for its given purpose, yet will use as a badass show piece or tactical backup or to show off/terrify your friends with, hell yes. However,considering the giant grin it puts on my face I don’t see myself ever regretting buying it, and that’s good enough for me.

Just go for it, as long as you understand what you’re getting here. Simply don’t expect a tactical looking EDC. I have said it enough, this is a tactical folder with tactical applications. You are going to be disappointed if you try using it as an EDC.


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