B11 The Persian ‘Thuya’ features a beautiful frame in 24K gold koftgari, inlaid with Thuya burl wood. The blade is VG-10 core ‘Wave’ damascus steel. The one-hand button lock and the thumb stud are set with spinel gem stones.
The Persian is an elegant synthesis of dramatic lines, graceful curves, and exquisite materials. A bold interpretation of a timeless design, the ‘Thuya’ also features some of the rare exotic materials, and hand-forged metals that are the hallmark of William Henry’s collections; a timeless heirloom to be proudly worn and used for a lifetime.
Thuya wood (pronounced two-ya) is from the Thuya tree (Tetraclinis articulata in Latin, and Araar in Moroccan). This biblical tree is a conifer from the cedar family, and is exclusively native to Morocco, where it grows only in the forests of the Atlas mountains east of Essaouira.
The praised part of this tree is not the trunk, but the burl buried in the ground. The burl has a deeper color, a more concentrated aroma, and a fascinating grain. Today these burls are very scarce and hard to locate, extract, and transport.