The Omni 'Royal' features a frame in 24K gold Koftgari (the ancient Indian technique of inlaying gold and/or sterling silver in tool-steel), inlaid with blue poplar wood burl. The blade is hand-forged 'Hornets Nest' damascus by Mike Norris. The ambidextrous thumb stud is inset with spinel gemstones. 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 our tradition of fine folding knives. Big enough for any daily tasks, small and light enough for easy carry, and always beautiful. As always, we 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 the Omni.
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)
Koftgari is the name for fine gold (and/or silver) patterns inlaid 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. William Henry's koftgari comes from 2 small villages in India, home of the very few Indian artisans that still master this technique.
Natural spinel is a gemstone that has become a great favorite with gem dealers and gem collectors; one might even say that spinel is for gemstone connoisseurs only.
It is a hard glassy mineral occurring as octahedral crystals of variable color and consisting chiefly of magnesium and aluminum oxides. Some spinels are among the most famous gemstones in the world: among them are the Black Prince's Ruby and the "Timur Ruby" in the British Crown Jewels, and the "Côte de Bretagne", formerly from the French Crown jewels.
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 sword making 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.