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Shooting Star

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B30 SHOOTING STAR
The Gentac 'Shooting Star' features an alluring frame of heat-blued, hand-forged 'Brain Wave' damascus by Chad Nichols, inlaid with meteorite (a section of the Gibeon...
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The Gentac 'Shooting Star' features an alluring frame of heat-blued, hand-forged 'Brain Wave' damascus by Chad Nichols, inlaid with meteorite (a section of the Gibeon meteorite which fell in the desert of Namibia in prehistoric times). The blade is hand-forged 'Boomerang' damascus by Chad Nichols. The one-hand button lock and the thumb stud are set with lapis lazuli gemstones.
An exceptional design that offers rigorous performance in a sleek, comfortable knife, the Gentac is also the perfect canvas to showcase William Henry’s range of exotic materials and techniques.
The ‘Shooting Star’ features the superlative artistry, the exotic materials and forged metals that are the hallmark of William Henry's collections; a distinctive personality statement to be worn and used for a lifetime.

Features & Specs

One-hand button lock system

Dimensions: 

Blade 3.25" (82.5mm)
Handle 3.80" (96.5mm)
Overall open 7.00" (177.8mm)

Materials & Artistry
Hand-forged damascus

Hand-forged damascus

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.

Meteorite

Meteorite

William Henry uses beautiful sections of the Gibeon Meteorite, which fell in prehistoric times in Namibia. It was named after the nearest town: Gibeon
The fragments of the meteorite in the strewn field are dispersed over an elliptical area 171 miles long and 62 miles wide; it was discovered by the local Nama people and used by them to make tools and weapons.
In 1836 the English captain J. E. Alexander collected samples of the meteorite and sent them to London. There John Herschel analyzed them and confirmed for the first time the extraterrestrial nature of the material.

The Gibeon meteorite is composed of an iron-nickel alloy containing significant amounts of cobalt and phosphorus. The crystal structure of this meteorite provides a fine example of the Widmanstätten patterns: these  figures of long nickel-iron crystals are of extraterrestrial origin, and cannot occur naturally on earth.  As a purely  natural material, the patterns may include small inclusions, distinctive and unique to each item we produce.

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli, or lapis for short, is a deep blue, semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its intense color. As early as the 7th millennium BC, lapis lazuli was mined in the Sar-i Sang mines, in Shortugai, and in other mines in the Badakhshan province in northeast Afghanistan.

At the end of the Middle Ages, lapis lazuli began to be exported to Europe, where it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments. It was used by some of the most important artists of the Renaissance and Baroque, including Masaccio, Perugino, Titian and Vermeer, and was often reserved for the clothing of the central figures of their paintings, especially the Virgin Mary.