The Monarch 'Ikaika' features a beautiful frame in hand-forged 'Rolling Rock' damascus steel inlaid with Curly Koa wood. The blade is in William Henry's signature 'copper wave' damascus steel with an extra sharp core in VG-5 steel. The one-hand button lock and the thumb stud are set with Peridot. The Monarch is a simple design that is easy on the eye and effortless in the hand. The 'Ikaika' features some of William Henry's signature forged metals, and represents the perfect synthesis between elegance, function, modern and exotic materials.
Available exclusively at HILDGUND JEWELRY
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.
This beautiful William Henry exclusive blade steel (patent pending) incorporates copper and stainless steel into a 45 layer Wave Damascus that features a core of VG-5 stainless steel. This steel attains a hardness of HRC 59, excellent by any standards, at the cutting edge.
Koa is a fabled tree, and wood, sourced responsibly from the Hawaiian islands. It is reddish brown in color, takes a beautiful polish, and can occasionally offer very fine figuring/curl and chattoyance. William Henry uses only the highest grade of figured Koa (as available) for our work, resin-stabilized for durability.