William Henry MONARCH ARTEMIS
Limited Edition: 50 pieces
The Monarch ‘Artemis’ features a beautiful frame in hand-forged ‘River Rock’ damascus by Chad Nichols, inlaid with carved green jade scales. The blade is hand-forged ‘Hornets Nest’ damascus by Mike Norris. The one-hand button lock and the thumb stud are set with spinel gemstones.
The Monarch is a simple design that is easy on the eye and effortless in the hand. The ‘Artemis’ features some of William Henry’s signature forged metals, and represents the perfect synthesis between elegance, function, modern and exotic materials; a distinctive personality statement to be worn and used for a lifetime.
Damascus steel was a term used by several Western cultures from the Medieval period onward to describe a type of steel created in India and used in swordmaking from about 300 BC to 1700 AD. These swords were characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be not only tough and resistant to shattering, but capable of being honed to a sharp and resilient edge. William Henry’s damascus is made is made from several types of steel welded together to form a billet.
The patterns vary depending on how the damascus artist works the billet. The billet is drawn out and folded until the desired number of layers are formed. William Henry damascus billets are forged with a minimum of 300 layers. William Henry works with a handful of the very best damascus artists/forgers in the U.S.