Omni Moon Shadow
The Omni Moon Shadow features a frame in 24K gold Koftgari (the ancient Indian technique of inlaying gold and/or sterling silver in tool-steel), inlaid with maple wood. The blade is hand-forged ‘Hornets Nest’ damascus by Mike Norris. The ambidextrous thumb stud is inset with smoky quartz gem stones. This design features a secure mid-lock system utilizing a William Henry patented hidden spring to maximize blade to handle ratio and the thumb stud provides easy one hand opening. The Omni expands on the William Henry tradition of fine folding knives. Big enough for any daily tasks, small and light enough for easy carry, and always beautiful. As always, William Henry built this knife to become a canvas for the exquisite range of our hallmark materials and artistry – whatever your passion you’ll find resonance in this Omni knife.
FEATURES & SPECS
- One-hand open, lock-back system
- Leather carrying case
- Shipped in an elegant wood presentation box
- Blade 2.75″ (69.8mm)
- Handle 3.70″ (94mm)
- Overall open 6.50″ (165mm)
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 swordmaking 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.
Koftgari is the name for fine gold (and/or silver) patterns inlayed into parkerized steel. This ancient Indian technique, done entirely by hand, involves creating a very fine cross-hatch grid in the steel and then burnishing 24K gold (and/or silver) into a pattern that is bound by the cross-hatch. Parkerizing involves soaking the steel in a boiling solution of salts to oxidize the steel a deep brown/blue. Beautiful and timeless, koftgari is nearly a lost art.