The Dichro is without equal in the world of exotic cigar cutters. The thru hole in the titanium frame will accommodate up to a 52 gauge cigar, and the single sided precision ground damascus blade cuts cleanly thru your preferred smoke. The damascus is our stainless 'Intrepid' pattern by Chad Nichols, featuring three alloys forged together into a tapestry in steel with an optimum hardness of HRC 59 for wear resistance. Inlayed dichroic glass composite is hand-polished to fine luster, with red garnet gemstones, titanium, stainless, and sterling hardware completing the presentation. This piece works beautifully as a cigar cutter and general purpose pocket knife!
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.
Titanium is a low density, strong, lustrous, corrosion-resistant (including sea water, aqua regia and chlorine) metal with a silver color.
It was discovered in Great Britain by William Gregor in 1791, and named by Martin Heinrich Klaproth for the Titans of Greek mythology
William Henry uses only aerospace-grade titanium alloy for our frames, clips, and micro-fasteners. Called 6Al/4V, it is titanium with a little aluminum and vanadium added in for additional toughness and tensile strength.
Dichrolam® is the brainchild of furniture designer turned chemist, John Blazy, who spent twenty years of R&D to transform hand patterned dichroic films and hard resins into a durable composite that is actually more vibrant and colorful than the Abalone and Opal - but does not have the price, size and fabrication limitations.
The optical core is HIGHLY color saturated and manually patterned to look like Carpathian Elm Burl wed to Australian Black Opal. The patterning techniques took many years of experimentation to bring out the vibrant colors and the 3D swirling burl texture - while the interlaminar adhesion chemistry was equally as difficult.
These core layers are not metal, but reflect color due to thin film physics called dichroism, which appear like metal, but change colors at different angles of view. The clear resin then “lenses” this optical core to amplify its visual dynamics.