William Henry B05 Archetype II Monarch Knife
B05 ARCHETYPE II – Twist Mokume Gane
The Monarch ‘Archetype II’ features a beautiful frame in ‘Twist’ Mokume Gane by Mike Sakmar, inlaid 10,000 year-old fossil Woolly Mammoth tooth. The blade is hand-forged ‘Hornets Nest’ damascus steel by Mike Norris. The one-hand button lock and the thumb stud are set with smoky quartz gemstones. The Monarch is a simple design that is easy on the eye and effortless in the hand; the elegant shape of the handle on this design is also an ideal canvas to showcase exotic materials. The ‘Archetype II’ features a perfect synthesis of William Henry’s most admired and distinctive forged metals, and exotic materials; a distinctive personality statement to be worn and used for a lifetime before being handed down to another generation.
Mokume gane was developed in the 1600s in Japan, allegedly by an Akita prefecture metalsmith named Denbei Shoami (1651 to 1728). He used the mokume gane technique to dress up samurai swords. The mokume gane technique involves fusing several layers of different metals, and artistically exposing sections of lower layers. The metal is often made to display a pattern that mimics wood grain. A variety of metals can be used to give different arrays of coloration.
FOSSIL MAMMOTH TOOTH
From a Woolly Mammoth that walked the Earth at least 10,000 years ago. William Henry’s fossil Mammoth tooth is harvested in Alaska and Siberia. It is a rare and mesmerizing material, a living testimony of the dawn of Mankind.