Knife designer James Williams has over 50 years of martial arts experience including work training special operations units, government agencies, and law enforcement. He runs a company that makes fine samurai swords. He knows a few things about designing a tactical blade.
The Shizuka Noh Ken is James’s followup to the larger Otanashi Noh Ken, with a 3.6″ blade as opposed to the Otanashi’s 4.5″. It is expected to hit the market early in 2015, and will be available exclusively from BladeHQ.
One detail that impresses me with both of these knives is the extremely deep carry clip. For those in less knife-friendly environs, this is a very good thing. (picture ninja’d from BladeHQ)
You can read more technical details here.
I will close by quoting James Williams on his design philosophy for folders (technically describing an earlier folder, but applicable here).
“The fixed blade is superior to the folder in every respect. Our goal with the Hissatsu Folder was not to replace the fixed blade knife, but rather to offer the best alternative possible when circumstances demand other options.”-from CRKT’s Designer Bio of Williams
The Taiwanese-made, Aus-8 framelock Shizuka Noh Ken will retail for $140.