The 'Arsenal Oak: Benét Series' is the second edition, exclusive knife created for Windsor Fine Jewelers in Augusta, Georgia. This folding knife features a beautiful frame embellished with 24k gold and silver Koftgari, inlaid with wood from the famous, Arsenal Oak tree, which has been estimated to be over 250 years old. It bore the name, Arsenal Oak, because Augusta State was once the Augusta Arsenal and the only arsenal located in the South, east of the Mississippi. A Commandant of the Arsenal and Colonel J. Walker Benét had two sons, William Rose Benét and Stephen Vincent Benét, who both became famous writers. They grew up inspired by the history of the Arsenal and great oak that stood as the center piece. The blade is 'Boomerang' Damascus steel with an extra strong core in ZDP-189, the one-hand button lock and the thumb stud are set with citrine. 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 a great place to showcase beautiful materials. The 'Arsenal Oak' is the perfect synthesis between elegance, function, and rare exotic materials.
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One-hand button lock system
Leather carrying case
Shipped in an elegant wood presentation box
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 sword making 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 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.
Carved Silver is done by hand with chisels and rotary tools. William Henry works with the finest silversmiths to create elaborate (and durable) carvings in sterling silver. In many cases, we use colored sapphires and other precious stones, set in 18K gold bezels, to further decorate these masterful carvings.
Citrine is a variety of quartz whose color ranges from a pale yellow to brown due to ferric impurities.
The name is derived from Latin citrina which means "yellow" and is also the origin of the word "citron." Sometimes citrine and amethyst can be found together in the same crystal, which is then referred to as ametrine.