If cost were no object, I think almost any of us would love to own this $75000 William Henry Pocket Knife. That said, it is a lot of scratch to spend on a knife that you never would…wait for it…scratch.
Brand new this fall from William Henry is a new luxury accessory collection that pays homage to the “godfather of fantastical illustrations,” Frank Frazetta, best known for his paperback book covers, comic books, record album covers and more. This new collection, which includes men’s jewelry—pendants, bracelets, necklaces and a ring, as well as a $75,000 one-of-a-kind pocket knife—celebrates one of Frazetta’s most famous works, “The Silver Warrior” from 1972.
“This collection honors Frank Frazetta’s legacy and the subjects of his timeless artwork,” says Matt Conable, who founded William Henry in 1997. “He was a bold, imaginative artist who set the standard for others who followed. The Silver Warrior painting is a world unto itself, and each of these pieces has been designed to capture that spirit and tell the story.”
The accessories take inspiration from “The Silver Warrior,” highlighting symbolic designs, such as the warrior’s sword, armor, sled and more. The pieces are handcrafted using sterling silver, bronze, sodalite beads, sardonyx agate and blue sapphire, and no two pieces are exactly alike. They range in price from $175 to $1,250, topping out at $75,000 for the aforementioned knife, which is hand engraved and signed by the engraver. It is embellished with 24-karat gold, blue sapphires and sterling silver, and its blade is handcrafted forged stainless Damascus steel.
My two most valuable knives are both in the $700 range. I would imagine, with nothing more than an educated guess, that it probably puts me in at least the 80th percentile of knife users and collectors, possibly a bit higher.
My Murray Carter is as fine an implement as I have ever held, but it is an example where form is following function. It is by all objective measures a beautiful knife, but where it reaches the pinnacle is in its performance in use. As I have written, it gives me a sense of “knife-vana” every time I use it. It exemplifies the axiom: “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, rather nothing to take away”.
My presentation-quality Kim Breed Model 15 is also a beautiful knife. At its heart it is a Model 15, just like my 80CrV2 “workingman’s version” that I have EDC’d since I made it my first ever custom knife purchase.
The Damascus one is from a touch thinner stock as are the snakewood scales, but other than being slightly lighter it feels and cuts like a jack-of-all-trades hunting and utility fixed blade (I did cut up some old t-shirts to use as gun-cleaning patches – just so I said I could use it).
What sets this knife apart is the materials and attention to detail. . A SOF Master-Sgt. was making a knife to benefit a Project Healing Waters. It represents the best of what maker Kim Breed can produce.
The William Henry is in another Universe altogether. It is a creation that at every step is worked on by people who are masters at their craft. But function definitely takes a backseat to form. It looks like it would perform quite similarly to my Kershaw Leek.
I just hope whoever purchases the William Henry is enough of a knife guy to appreciate the knife itself,