The Monarch 'Pappy II' features a beautiful frame in hand-forged 'Twist' damascus by Chad Nichols, inlaid with barrel wood from Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. The blade is 'Wave' damascus with a VG-10 core; the one-hand button lock and the thumb stud are set with smoky quartz 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 ‘Pappy II’ features some of the exotic materials, 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 handing it down to another generation.
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.
Smoky quartz is a grey, translucent variety of quartz. It ranges in clarity from almost complete transparency to a brownish-gray crystal that is almost opaque.
Smoky Quartz was known as a Stone of Power. To the ancient Druids, it was sacred and signified the potent dark power of Earth gods and goddesses.
William Henry’s VG-10 damascus is created from billets with 67 layers of three different alloys. The center, or core, features premium VG-10 stainless steel tempered to an optimal hardness of HRC 60-61 for exceptional sharpness and wear resistance. The core is sandwiched between 33 layers of alternating nickel and steel which we use for tensile strength thru the blade, and to reveal the remarkable forged patterns within the composite alloys in the finished piece of steel. Our final acid etch and hand-polish reveals the tapestry within, as each alloy reacts to the acid and emerges in contrasting tones of black, grey, and silver. Each unique pattern is created by different forging dies used on each sandwiched billet of steel.
This wood is from a white Oak barrel from the world-famous Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve whiskey, produced by the Buffalo Trace distillery, founded over 200 years ago in Frankfort, Kentucky.
These extraordinary barrels are made from naturally aged, center-cut wood from white oak trees, typically 70-80 years old. The wood is air-dried for 6 months, and each barrel is charred for 55 seconds from an open flame.
This process draws the natural sugars from the oak to the surface and enables the whiskey to penetrate deeply, and draw flavor from the wood. These barrels are the highest standards in the industry and help create the finest whiskey in the world.
The Buffalo Trace aging warehouses date back to as early as 1881, and the variety of warehouses is unmatched, which each warehouse having unique aging properties that allow the whiskey to age differently and create a vast array of flavors. During the winter, steam is pumped in the warehouse, allowing the whiskey additional time to mellow in the oak barrels.
The Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve is a limited edition bourbon that takes generations of distilling know-how to produce. Only the most careful and expensive distilling method can be used to create a whiskey as special as this one. Each barrel ages 23 years and is carefully selected from the heart of the warehouse.