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William Henry Attache, B15 model

Discussion in 'The Gallery' started by Gary W. Graley, Sep 2, 2006.

  1. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Just got this lovely knife from Ann_Dem and wanted to share the excellent
    lines of this knife;

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    Raised the reflector up to provide some contours of the grind of the blade
    the blade has DLC, Diamond Like Coating and is highly polished, something
    that I recently found out William Henry doesn't provide any longer.

    [​IMG]

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    The same week this arrived, I also had the good fortune to work out a deal
    with another forum member for a user version of this knife profile, this one
    has the Tom Brown signature on the one side, here is a shot of this knife
    compared to a small Sebenza for size and shape.

    [​IMG]

    I was in turmoil over this past week, initially contacted by this fellow for this
    user/worker one of his, he owns two, one being a keeper and this one he's used
    some, not abused, the tip and edge needed some work but nothing that some
    time on the stones couldn't take care of ;)
    Shortly after getting his message of an offer for his knife, I saw Ann_Dem's post with
    the brandy new fancier version, yikes that was beautiful and just
    really wanted that, so I PM'ed back to the fellow that I had to decline and hoped he
    would understand, then I found that Ann was from Israel and I declined her for overseas transactions
    would make anyone pause, and went back to the other guy and said "I'm back" THEN Ann came up
    with a plan since I have a good history here in Bladeforums, she would send the knife
    first and on approval I would then arrange to send funds. Well, there I was
    had to go BACK to the other person, very understanding he is too, and he replied
    no problem Gary, if it doesn't work out he would most likely still have the knife
    available, I asked if he wanted to work out a bartar of sorts as buying the fancier one
    pulled funds out, so much so I had to borrow, but had to get that
    one! :) so he came back with an offer an I ended up with both knives a few
    days apart, now I have what I call, "one to abuse and one to amuse" :cool:

    I highly recommend these folders for a couple of reasons, one they have a nice
    size to them, not overly big but plenty of edge for most cutting chores
    the spine of the blade is full thickness, meaning no swedge ground in,
    While I love the William Henry Westcliff, I owned one a short time but could
    not get use to the swedge, for when you go to press down the blade bites
    back, not hard of course, but when you use a knife and need to apply some
    pressure on the spine of the blade, it just didn't feel good to me. I know
    others love it, and that's great, but just a personal opinion.

    Also the button lock, at first I was a bit nervous but it seems quite secure
    and solid and I don't feel that it will come loose in use at all.

    For whatever reason, I couldn't find history on the web about it, but Tom Brown
    of the Tracker knife fame, doesn't have his name associated with this knife
    any longer, any one know about this? just curious.
    Thanks for reading down through this, had to share and again, thanks to
    Ann and the other person, didn't include his name as he PM'd me and if he
    wants to chime in, he can do so but he knows I appreciate his help and knife too!
    G2
     
  2. ann_dem

    ann_dem Banned BANNED

    515
    Mar 17, 2006
    wow , Gary , those photos are awesome !

    the background thing you did is also great , somehow it's make the lines of knives look more "accurate" ?

    this is some sweet pair you got there :)

    Congrats with your new knife Gary , it's was big pleasure for me to ship you the WH , thanks again !
     
  3. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks Ann! The background thing is actually material used to line the shelf
    of a kitchen cabinet, picked it up at a local WalMart store.

    The repetitions in the pattern are plain but easy on the eyes background BUT it also has a very 'grippy' surface so the knives and sheaths stay put for the most part.
    G2
     
  4. fewpop

    fewpop Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 18, 2004
    Beautiful knives Gary. Terrific photos as well. Thanks for sharing. :thumbup:

    -Ford
     
  5. Raj

    Raj

    424
    Jan 22, 2003
    Gary,very nice pictures.Those are 2 very fine looking knives.What steel on the blades?.What handle and bolster materials.I would also like to know about the history on the Tom Brown name.Do they come with the leather fob or is that your handiwork.
     
  6. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999

    Thanks Raj and Ford;
    Raj, the fancy one has integral Titanium frame and bolsters with slim layers
    of carbon fiber scales, polished smooth.
    The blades on both have at their core the new kid on the block, ZDP-189
    which is reputed to have a rockwell set at 67, amazingly high and my attempts
    at sharpening bears this out as a bit harder to work the edge down.

    And the leather fob, the fancy one comes with a black one, I'm out of soft
    black leather so had to resort to a darker soft leather to put on as a fob

    The one on the user model is just put on tightly around the last spacer so it
    doesn't interfere with the blade travel, just clears it.

    While William Henry makes superb folders, their leather work must be outsourced
    and not as cleverly done, but, that's a small point and for me, is easily fixable ;)

    The Tom Brown thing, he has a web site with a forum link but that is still underconstruction.

    G2
     
  7. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Here is a link to a larger size image of the Attache, warning to those
    folks on dialup, it will take a while to view!

    William Henry Attache B15

    Thanks,
    G2
     
  8. SharpByCoop

    SharpByCoop Enjoying the discussions Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 8, 2001
    Gary,

    Nice job all around. Question I should know, but I don't: Does the button lock them closed also?

    Coop
     
  9. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks Coop, the button lock functions only when the blade is open so, no
    it doesn't keep them retained when closed, at least on the models I've handled
    to date, I know they make some automatics and those may well keep the blade
    closed?
    G2
     
  10. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Here's an article written by our very own Dexter, PDF file;

    It explains how the knife came to be, a collaboration between
    William Henry knives and a famous Tracker by the name of Tom Brown

    Tom Brown Quest

    G2
     
  11. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Had a question emailed to me if I had made a sheath for this knife yet,
    and yep, I was able to get in some time to make a sheath for the Tracker one
    and being the same profile, the Attache fits nicely in it as well;

    [​IMG]

    Now on this one, they don't have a place to put a lanyard on, but there
    was just enough clearance around the last spacer that I could manage to
    get one on there.

    I had to cut to length and then trim the middle in order for that part to fit
    into the knife, so the leather is wider than what is around the spacer.

    Makes it handier to remove the knife from the sheath, the one that was provided
    I returned that to the guy I received the knife from, he likes the WH holster
    for it's clip convenience but I like the knife in this configuration so when I draw
    it out, my hand is positioned correctly, for me at least...;)
    G2
     
  12. Kaizen1

    Kaizen1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Those knives are incredible. I don't like being jealous so I have to stop looking at your pics now.
     
  13. JurT

    JurT

    Feb 4, 2006
    WOW:eek: That's a beauty! Absolutly amazing!
     
  14. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Thanks guys, I'm pretty dog gone happy myself with how they both
    look and work, but, have to say, the Fallkniven U2 still out cuts them!
    that is an amazing little, sharp, knife! so I carry that one about as well :)
    G2
     
  15. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    I was fortunate enough to meet up with Gary last night and get to play with both of those knives. I have to say that I was VERY impressed. Fit and finish were beyond reproach, action was smooooooth and the blades were real SHARP! I really like the button lock as well - the knives open and close one-handed with the greatest of ease. Pleasure to make your acquaintance Gary!

    Roger
     
  16. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Good meeting you as well, hope you can erase just how nice those folders were, or barring that, pick up one for your self :)
    G2
     
  17. agreatscot

    agreatscot

    101
    Apr 19, 2004
    WOW Gary! Two amazing knives and a great sheath for it. I am GREEN with er, admiration! :D
     
  18. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    Glad you like them! The all Ti model is a bugger to sharpen! it is quite hard!
    I'm using fine ceramics so it's taking only a little at at time, but even so it has
    a very nice toothy edge that is an agressive cutter.

    Here again is the link to a larger size image of the Attache, warning to those
    folks on dialup, it will take a while to view!

    William Henry Attache B15

    Thanks,
    G2
     
  19. Gary W. Graley

    Gary W. Graley “Imagination is more important than knowledge" Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 2, 1999
    I contacted William Henry about the black blades, as they don't make them
    with the polished DLC any longer, had some trouble in the past so they went
    with the damascus san mai for that now and the matte finish black on the
    ZDP core, I prefer this mirror polished one quite a bit myself, I need to get
    a #3 torx to remove the thumbstud so I can do some cleaning around the
    bolster area of the blade, there is some stuff that looks like an oil slick, it's
    cleaned up quite a bit but now just a touch more to get her shining like new.

    While taking with them on the phone, I begged a favour for a couple of the
    anodized titanium beads to put on the fob, they were nice enough to ship out
    a couple for me, which I put on the fancier model. Then I thought hmmm the
    other one needs something to, so I came up with this, note that I also can't
    stop slicing things up with this knife, it is just such an agressive cutter!

    See if you can determine what I used to make the beads that are on this knife...;)

    [​IMG]

    G2
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2016
  20. Evil Eye Earl

    Evil Eye Earl

    Feb 18, 2006
    Me like me want....mighty impressive.
     

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