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  1. Articles

    Fighting Throwaway Culture: Creating Mainstays In Your Wardrobe

    By William Henry January 23, 2020
    Fighting Throwaway Culture: Creating Mainstays In Your Wardrobe
    Couturiers and designers across the world are facing a throw-away culture that glamorizes fleeting trends and ephemeral designs. In our short-attention-span era, ideas and the products that facilitate our lives have experienced a similar devaluation. Sustainable shopping practices, such as investing in quality pieces that last, can help customers find wardrobe mainstays in a sea of fast-fashion. Fast-fashion commodifies designs...
  2. Articles

    The Art of Working with Ancient Fossils & Precious Metals

    By William Henry January 07, 2020
    The Art of Working with Ancient Fossils & Precious Metals
    Jewelry making is a time-honored tradition that extends back millennia when ancient cultures would use organic materials to make religious and ornamental jewelry. Found materials such as bone, shells, and wood were sculpted and carved into spiritual and mythological shapes and figures, sometimes to ward off evil spirits. Modern-day jewelry artists utilize more than just ordinary material to create remarkable...
  3. Articles

    Legacy Products: How Pocket Knives Become an Extension of Yourself

    By William Henry December 12, 2019
    The classic pocket knife can be an indispensable, stylish, and multi-functional tool for any person. As modern industrialization and urban landscapes have taken over, the need for these versatile blades has waned, but their significance remains. For utility buffs, a durable pocket knife is an essential component for daily living. Whether you are a hunter, fisherman, musician, or corporate CEO...
  4. Articles

    Walking with the Ancients: What it Means to Work with Prehistoric Bone

    By William Henry December 05, 2019
    For millennia, humans walked among prehistoric woolly mammoths in their grassland homelands. These majestic and gargantuan creatures inspired fear, curiosity, and reverence in intrepid hunters and gatherers who bore witness to these massive animals. Ancient depictions of woolly mammoths on etched bone and caves paintings ages ago highlight humanity's innate need for expression, individuality, and creativity. Woolly mammoths, especially, became...
  5. Articles

    Knives as Art: Craftsmanship and Style

    By William Henry November 06, 2019
    Knives as Art: Craftsmanship and Style
    From functional and life-sustaining tools to emblems of strength and style, handcrafted knives have become the quintessential instrument for the modern-day warrior. Behind a luxury knife’s razor-sharp utility and flawless aesthetic lies an enduring tradition of hand-engravers, silversmiths, and other highly-skilled artisans keeping the craft alive.  The advent of laser and machine engraving increased access to these sharp cutting devices...
  6. Articles

    10 Exotic Jewelry Materials You Never Knew Existed

    By William Henry November 04, 2019
    Innovative and striking jewelry pieces can confer a sense of wonder and adventure to any individual. From hand-forged metals to exotic woods, jewelry materials can transcend style, elegance, and artistry. Only an exclusive cadre of artisans take painstaking efforts to source the finest and rarest materials in the world. Whether you’re drawn to organic materials or tough metals, there is...
  7. Studio Stories

    Anti-commodity

    By Matt Conable October 05, 2019
    Anti-commodity
    For a long time, I’ve called WH the anti-commodity brand.  Maybe there is a better way to say it, but indulge me for a moment while I elaborate... In the case of most branded goods out there, from Rolex to Gucci to Apple and beyond, a piece is designed and then the production system is set up to exactly replicate...
  8. Material of the Month

    Material of the Month: Titanium

    By William Henry September 24, 2019
    Material of the Month: Titanium
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijNwzgl6OQQ&t=121s
  9. Q & A with Matt

    Ask Matt

    By Matt Conable September 23, 2019
    Ask Matt
    Have a question about the William Henry multiverse? Email community@williamhenry.com and Matt will choose a couple to answer in this monthly forum... Question:  Do you use any ivory material? Nope.  OK, a little more info.  We’ve never used new ivory in any form – I NEVER wanted to be part of an industry that has such awful stories connected to...
  10. William Henry Fans

    FEATURED William Henry CUSTOMER: Jim Atkinson

    By William Henry September 21, 2019
    FEATURED William Henry CUSTOMER: Jim Atkinson
    The Tradition Continues... About 5 years ago, we lost my step-dad, Jim Shamblin, after a long battle with Post-Polio Syndrome.  Luckily for me, Jim and I developed a special bond over the years that I will always treasure, and he sealed it with his beloved collection of William Henry knives. Jim Shamblin was a “man’s man” and had the kind of life you only read about in adventure novels.  As a teenager, he joined the Merchant Marine during WWII, and was the sole survivor when the tanker he was serving on was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine off the coast of India.  After floating on a drum for a week, Jim was rescued by another US tanker. Jim and his stellar knife collection Jim ended up joining the Army and served in post-war Germany, and eventually in Vietnam, where he survived a helicopter crash.  He became an engineer and worked on projects for the Department of Defense, NASA, the US Air Force, as well as international companies and foreign governments. And, in his retirement, Jim wrote 6 novels, largely autobiographical, about some of the amazing episodes in his life. Continue reading →