Columbia River 2915 Williams Shinbu Fixed 9.25" High Satin Finished Tanto Blade, Cord Wrapped Handle


Retail Price: $350.00 | You Save: $130.05 (37%)
Part #: CR2915 | Columbia River (CRKT)
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CR2915: Shinbu - Designed by James Williams
Columbia River
Let us be clear: the Shinbu™, designed by James Williams, are specialized tools 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 Hissatsu™, 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 isshou. 

These knives come into play when the operator's firearms cannot be used, as often happens in entry and search operations. They are designed for multiple carry options depending on the choice of the operator. 

The Shinbu 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 13.3 ounces and a 9.25" blade, the Shinbu also offers superior slashing ability as compared to the Hissatsu. 

James has followed centuries of Japanese tradition in designing these classic cord-wrapped handles with ray skin underlays, which compares very well to more modern handle materials, giving excellent grip under all conditions. 

We have designed custom-fitted Kydex® sheaths with a convertible beltmounting system for the Shinbu. 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. A belt clip can be attached with the Chicago screws provided for vertical carry. There is also a quick-release retaining strap. 

Each of these knives comes in a custom dark lacquered wooden box for presentation and storage. 

The Shinbu demands respect, and are certainly not sport or work knives, but they can truly be a lifesaver for the military professional. These are knives that would have been carried by the Samurai.
  • Dimensions
    • Open Overall Length: 14.75 inches
    • Weight: 13.3 ounces
  • Blade
    • Length: 9.25 inches
    • Thickness: 0.233 inches
    • Material: YK-30
    • Blade-HRC: 57-59
    • Finish: Satin
    • Grind: Flat
    • Style: Modified Tanto
    • Edge:Plain
  • Handle
    • Material: Cord Wrap over Sting Ray
  • Carry
    • Carry System: Kydex Sheath
  • Features
    • Full Tang: Yes
    • Presentation Box: Yes
  • Made in Asia

UPC Code: 794023291506

Kydex Sheath
Kydex Sheath
Waterproof, scratch resistant, and low friction. It will hold its shape and makes a great alternative to leather.
4.571 (7 reviews)
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Arturo A
Van Nuys, CA
Mar 20, 2015
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Blade Sharpness, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material
Cons: None
Samurai Knife
The CRKT Shinbu came extremely sharp out of the box. The handle alone is a good enough reason to purchase the knife. The presentation box is nice, though it is quite lightweight. The sheath is quite secure; however I would say it is not strong enough for inverted carry positions. Great feel in the hand. The blade requires maintenance and is therefore something you should realize before you purchase the knife.
5 out of 5
Oct 15, 2014
Pros: Finish, Handle Material, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, Weight
CRKT Shinbu
As a dedicated knife nut I can say that this is a truly beautiful knife. I also have it's big brother. What do I use it for? Mostly I just enjoy the knowledge that I have a work of art. I have handmades, custom and one of a kind as well as first production runs. I belive that this knife, if asked, could save my life. Would I recommend this Knife as a tool to be used in combat? Not really. I am a former Special Forces weapons specialist, Vietnam. Packing a knife of this size might be a bit much, but the mission dictates the tool. If the goal is to intimidate the opponent this knife will do a good job!
5 out of 5
Dec 08, 2013
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
New Favorite
This is a great deal on a great knife. It is a bit long for EDC but, with a slight modification of the sheath, it works well as a horizontal carry across the small of the back. As beautiful as it is sharp, this knife will be a real show-piece should you decide it is just too good looking for personal protection and display it. I consider this to be an excellent addition to my small collection, beautiful enough for display but rugged enough for hard use. Columbia River hit a home run with this blade, 20 years ago (US Army, 5th SFG) I would have liked to carry this on missions.
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