The Kestrel 'Twenty-Five IX' features a beautiful frame adorned in sterling silver granulated beads, a traditional smithing technique known as 'Jawan', which was used in several of William Henry's early knife designs, and had not been featured in our collection for over 20 years.The blade is hand-forged 'Raindrop' damascus by Mike Norris; the one-hand button lock and the thumb stud are set with iolite gemstones.
The Kestrel is a compact but versatile folder that works and presents beautifully in any situation; the design, which offers a deep finger groove at the intersection between the handle and blade, makes this knife remarkably comfortable in the hand while being very small and easy to carry. The ‘Twenty-Five IX’ features some of the precious materials, artistry, and hand-forged metals that are the hallmark of William Henry's collections. A timeless heirloom to be proudly worn and used for a lifetime before being handed-down to another generation.
Blade 2.13" (54.1mm)
Handle 2.88" (73.1mm)
Overall open 5.00" (127mm)
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.
Iolite is the gemstone variety of the mineral cordierite. Typically, iolite ranges in color from light to dark blue, and even violet.
It has also been called "water-sapphire" and "Vikings' Compass" because it is said that ancient Viking navigators used thin slices of iolite as filters to help locate the sun on cloudy days. Whether or not the tales are true, iolite can be fashioned into beautiful gems.