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Monarch Dragonfly

Edition of 5 pieces
B05 DRAGONFLY

Monarch Dragonfly

B05 DRAGONFLY

The Monarch 'Dragonfly' features a beautiful hand-forged frame of 'River Rock' damascus by Chad Nichols, inlaid with a mesmerizing scale in green jade, embellished with Maki-e. The blade is hand-forged 'River Rock' damascus by Chad Nichols; the button lock and thumb stud are set with spinel gemstones.
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 also an ideal canvas to showcase fine hand-engraving or exotic materials. The 'Dragonfly' is a stunning piece; a rich and unique synthesis of the elegance, function, and superlative artistry that are the hallmark of William Henry's work.

Features & Specs

  • One-hand button lock system
  • Leather carrying Clipcase™
  • Shipped in an elegant wood presentation box
  • Dimensions: 
  • Blade 2.63" (66.8mm)
    Handle 3.58" (90.9mm)
    Overall open 6.00" (152.4mm)

Monarch Dragonfly
Edition of 5 pieces
B05 DRAGONFLY
$7,750.00
Out of Stock

Materials

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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 swordmaking 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.

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Jade

With its beauty and wide-ranging expressiveness, jade has held a special attraction for mankind for almost 7,000 years.
Still today, this gem is regarded as a symbol of the good, the beautiful and the precious. It embodies the Confucian virtues of wisdom, justice, compassion, modesty and courage, yet it also symbolises the female-erotic.
It comes in many fine nuances of green, but also in shades of white, grey, black, yellow, and orange and in delicate violet tones. Only in the very finest jade is the colour evenly distributed. 

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Maki-e

Maki-e (literally sprinkled picture) is the ancient Japanese technique of sprinkling a smooth surface (originally lacquer) with gold or silver powder as a decoration using a specialized and delicate brush.

The technique was developed mainly in the Heian Period (794–1185) and blossomed in the Edo Period (1603–1868). Maki-e objects were initially designed as household items for court nobles, they soon gained more popularity and were adopted by royal families and military leaders as an indication of power. To create different colors and textures, maki-e artists use a variety of metal powders including gold, silver, copper, brass, lead, aluminum, platinum, pewter, as well as their alloys.

As it requires highly-skilled craftsmanship to produce a maki-e painting, young artists usually go through many years of training to develop the skills and to ultimately become maki-e masters. 

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Spinel

Natural spinel is a gemstone that has become a great favorite with gem dealers and gem collectors; one might even say that spinel is for gemstone connoisseurs only.
It is a hard glassy mineral occurring as octahedral crystals of variable color and consisting chiefly of magnesium and aluminum oxides. Some spinels are among the most famous gemstones in the world: among them are the Black Prince's Ruby and the "Timur ruby" in the British Crown Jewels, and the "Côte de Bretagne", formerly from the French Crown jewels.

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