The Spire, a trim little gentleman's folder was designed by Matt Conable and produced in 2004 as William Henry's second model from Japan. While the Spire was a great success for A. G. Russell™ Knives, it was not particularly successful for William Henry® and they dropped the model after only one production run. Two hundred pieces were produced with Black Lip Pearl exclusively for A. G. Russell customers. In the end, our customers bought the remainder of what had been made with red bone, green bone and white mother-of-pearl as well.
For a little over two years, we have worked with Matt to produce the Spire as an A. G. Russell knife. We have finally received the first shipment in four different handle materials. We have selected Chinese Quince and Amber Jigged Bone over the red and green bone and have continued with the Black Lip Pearl and White Mother-of-Pearl. The current knives are produced to the same exceptionally high quality standards by Moki as those made in 2004 under the William Henry brand. The 2-3/8" blade of VG-10 at 60-62 Rc. features an exquisitely designed and executed cut swedge creating a blade that I would call a cross between a drop point and a wharncliffe. This is an extremely fine little lockback with stainless bolsters and liners, a thumbstud for one hand opening and an elegant reversible pocket clip. Measures 3-3/16" closed and weighs between 1.7 and 1.8 oz. depending on handle material. Made in Japan. Fits perfectly in the small A. G. Russell black leather knife pouch (POU-33412L - $9.95).