The knife came about through some unique inspiration. First, the name "Rakkasan" is the translation of a Japanese phrase from WWII, which means "Umbrella for falling." This was the moniker given by Japanese troops in WWII to American paratroopers, who fought them in such an unconventional way.
The knife's designer, McGlaun, served with the 101st Airborne division in Iraq and later served in law enforcement in Columbus, GA. Now, he's using his skills learned as a combat veteran and police officer to develop the Rakkasan as a weapon and a tool designed to address the many variables that come with combat.
The knife is designed for use on 21st-century battlefields, featuring an SK5 carbon-steel blade with a powder-coated finish. The blade features a deep belly shape that allows the knife to fulfill many roles, including use as a utility blade or a backup self-defense tool. The handles of the knife are crafted from G10 and are designed for optimum ergonomics, as well as carrying versatility.
The blade itself is 4.9 inches in length, with a thickness of 0.147 inch. The overall length of the knife is 10.4 inches long, and the total weight is 9.2 ounces. The knife comes with a Kydex sheath that is equipped with paracord and features a total weight of 1.9 ounces.
The suggested retail price on the new CRKT Rakkasan knife is $125.