Professional Jeweler Archive: The Ultimate Wedding Gift

February 2005

Merchandise / Gifts


The Ultimate Wedding Gift

Kitchen knives become works of art suitable for selling with fine jewelry


Fine jewelers are again investing in luxury gifts. A combination of more affluent consumers, a boom in the bridal market and the loss of generic diamond sales to the Internet drives the trend.

The gifts you choose for your shelves should be as finely crafted as jewelry, luxury experts advise.

Knife sets are popular wedding gifts, though most won’t convey the unique character of a jewelry store or complement your other products. Some luxury knife-makers, however, are crafting kitchen knife collections that do.

William Henry Knives, the studio that produces luxury pocket knives for many jewelry stores, introduces its Culinary Collection. This full line of kitchen cutlery and display/storage systems features fine materials and the sophisticated metalsmithing touches the studio uses on its pocket knife collection.

The company focuses on knives as luxury goods that also perform flawlessly. It uses a super-hard core of steel, clad with softer “Damascus” side plates, to create sharp blades that hold an edge better than other high-end kitchen knives. Damascus, the patterned steel seen in the pictured knives, is made from 45 layers of alternating alloys of steel, patterned with a patent-pending process and etched to reveal the beauty of each blade. The core steel is heat-treated to exacting standards to an extreme hardness (and thus sharpness).

Handles, blades and displays for the Culinary Collection are built from fine materials and finished by hand. The ARC Display (patents pending) pictured here, for example, is built from solid curly maple with imbedded rare earth magnets to secure each knife in place. Individual knives range from $190 to $600, and set prices range from $1,500 up.

  • William Henry Knives, McMinnville, OR; (503) 434-9700, www.williamhenryknives.com.
This five-piece set from the William Henry Culinary Collection received the Kitchen Knife of the Year Award at the 2004 International Blade Show.

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