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    Where It's Built

    By Matt Conable January 27, 2020
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    Does it matter?  Really?  The world keeps getting smaller, and great work is great work, wherever its origin.  William Henry is a US company (not just designed in the US, designed and built in the US) but we’ve never draped ourselves in the Stars and Stripes.  Here’s why...

    From the beginning, I wanted to build the best stuff I could, one piece and one day at a time.  If I, or our shop in Oregon, could do the best work, we did and still do.  If someone else, somewhere else, could bring talent and craftsmanship to an aspect of the design that was better than our internal work, we went wherever that was in the world to get the best we could find.  My objective has always been to build the best things I could, one piece and one day at a time.  If I, or our shop in Oregon, can deliver the best quality of work, we do and will continue to do so. However, if someone else, somewhere else, can bring higher talent and craftsmanship to an aspect of the design, we will travel anywhere in the world to secure the best we can find. 

    Sterling silver and gold Koftgari featured on the handle of one of our knives.

    Many of our hand-engravings are done by master artisans scattered around the world; some of our gold and silver Koftgari inlay is done by a small shop in India practicing ancient techniques handed down thru generations; many of our blades are beveled and polished by a master knifemaker in Japan whose ancestors crafted fine samurai swords; and the list goes on.  I’m proud of these amazing and talented makers, and I am honored to be able to feature their work on our products. 

    Sam Welch's mesmerizing engraved work on the handle of our Spearpoint 'Bodmer’

    Because their work is exceptional, and what they do for us is an integral part of what makes William Henry worthy of your attention and admiration.  From the beginning, I wanted to build the best stuff I could, one piece and one day at a time.  If I, or our shop in Oregon, could do the best work, we did and still do.  If someone else, somewhere else, could bring talent and craftsmanship to an aspect of the design that was better than our internal work, we went wherever that was in the world to get the best we could find. 

    Sterling silver bolster, hand-carved by Lee Downey in Bali

    No ONE factory or shop can produce these exceptional pieces, it takes a village.  A global village, one draped in the flag of the planet, not any one identity beyond our shared DNA as humans.  Wherever, however, the goal is to build to the highest level that I, and we, can imagine.  Thanks for sharing in our journey...

    Sincerely
    Matt Conable
    My passport has a lot of stamps – it’s a big and beautiful place we call home

     

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