William Henry Monarch 'Arsenal Oak' Knife

The knife inlay is made up of 250-year-old wood from the Arsenal Oak once anchored on the grounds of the Augusta Arsenal. Established in 1816, the Arsenal took part in various crusades including the Mexican-American War, Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. The tree stood when President George Washington visited Augusta in 1791 and it provided shade to the poet Stephen Vincent Benét in the early 1900's. The Arsenal Oak was lost to disease in 2004, but today, Windsor is offering a limited edition, William Henry Knife that immortalizes a piece of Augusta history that can now be yours to own.

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Additional Information

Designer William Henry
SKU 5602396
Collection Monarch

Details

The inlay is made up of 250 year old oak from the illustrious Arsenal Oak once anchored on the campus of the Augusta Arsenal. Established in 1816, the arsenal took part in various crusades including the Mexican-American War, Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. The arsenal remained in operation until 1955, at which point the decision was made to close it. It was converted into the Junior College of Augusta in 1957. The name was changed to Augusta College in 1958, now known as Augusta State University. Despite a decade long effort to save the Arsenal Oak from wood borers and hypoxylon canker, the diseased tree was removed in July 2004. Wood is a natural material and can shift, expand, or contract over time.

The 2.5" blade is made with hand-forged stainless wave damascus, created from multiple alloys of stainless steel and heat treated to Rockwell 58-59 for excellent sharpness and edge retention. Sterling silver is soldered over a nickel silver 3.5" frame and hand carved to create this durable and beautiful adornment. Lastly, white topaz gemstones are inlaid with 18k gold bezels.

The elegant shape of the handle on this design is a great place to show off exotic materials, so we use it as a canvas for the natural beauty of a range of stunning scales. From rare and storied woods to hand-carved silver, from state-of-the-art hand-forged metal alloys to the finest hand-engraved artistry, the Monarch incorporates most of the materials and techniques that are the hallmark of William Henry’s creations. Each Monarch includes either a titanium pocket clip or a lanyard system – the lanyard system also includes a leather ClipCase carrying system. Every piece is engraved with two distinct numbers – a serial number on the blade and limited edition number on the leading edge of the handle. The numbers, along with the details about the knife’s construction, are listed in the included Certificate of Authenticity.

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