9 Most Expensive Pocket Knives

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The history of pocket knives predates the invention of the pocket. Archaeological evidence suggests that pocket knives have been used by human beings since the early iron age. The earliest known pocket knife was found in Austria. This pocket knife with a bone handle was made sometime around 600 – 500 BCE.

Pocket knives are compact and handy; they help us complete various petty tasks in our daily lives. They can also make excellent self-defense weapons.

Carrying or possessing a standard pocket knife is usually not restricted by law. It can be prohibited in certain places, such as school grounds, courthouses, public buildings, and public events.

When we think about pocket knives, we usually do not imagine something expensive. However, the price can go up dramatically for a pocket knife made as a collectible. The price depends on its design, material, and exclusivity.

Here, we gather a list of the 9 most expensive pocket knives. Most of these knives are made by William Henry, a US-based luxury brand producing collectible pocket knives and men’s jewelry. William Henry dominates the market of luxury pocket knives and consistently makes highly-expensive knives, almost without any competition.

9. Spearpoint American Pride III

Price: $12,500
Manufacturer: William Henry
Materials used: Stainless steel, gold, Damascus steel, and spinel
Number of pieces made: 50

Spearpoint American Pride IIIphoto source: www.williamhenry.com

The Spearpoint American Pride III features a hand-forged “Flag” Damascus steel blade etched by Chad Nicholas. The handle of the knife is made with top-graded stainless steel and inlaid with yellow gold. 

The bolster features various images that serve as symbols of American Pride, including the Statue of Liberty, the American Bald Eagle, and stars from the American flag. The thumb stud and button locks are studded with spinel gemstone.

Did you know?

Spinel is a natural gemstone that comes in various colors. Timur’s Ruby and Côte de Bretagne are two of the most famous spinel gems. The former is currently part of the British Crown jewels, and the other one was once a part of the French Crown jewels.  


8. Wild West Show II

Price: $18,000
Manufacturer: William Henry
Materials used: Stainless steel, copper, gold, Damascus steel, fossil mammoth tooth, and spinel
Number of pieces made: 1

Wild West Show IIphoto source: www.williamhenry.com

Wild West Show II knife features a 10,000-year-old fossil woolly mammoth tooth. It is a rare material found beneath the North Sea. William Henry collects its fossil woolly mammoth tooth from Alaska and Siberia. The fossil needs to be air-dried for at least a year before it can be processed.  

The case features copper and gold inlays by Steve Adams. It depicts elements commonly associated with the Wild West. The blade is made with Damascus steel featuring Hornet’s Mest pattern, a signature style of Mike Norris.

Did you know?

The woolly mammoth is the third-most depicted animal in the pre-historic art. The first two are horses and bison. 


7. Autumn Elk III

Price: $18,000
Manufacturer: William Henry
Materials used: Stainless steel, gold, Damascus steel, and citrine
Number of pieces made: 5

Autumn Elk IIIphoto source: www.williamhenry.com

Autumn Elk III knife features William Henry’s hallmark styles of superlative artistry and hand-forged Damascus steel.

The frame is finely hand-engraved by Giorgia Contessa. The design on the frame features 24K yellow gold inlays. The blade is similar to that of Wild West II. The button lock and thumb stud are set with citrine stones.

Like all other exclusive William Henry pocket knives, this knife also comes with a leather carrying case and is shipped in a wooden presentation box.

Did you know?

All William Henry knives are produced exclusively in limited, often unique editions. The offering size for its largest and least exclusive models is 1000. 


6. Monarch Steampunk Dragon Knife

Price: $18,500
Manufacturer: William Henry
Materials used: Stainless steel, 24K gold, silver, copper, spinel, Damascus steel
Number of pieces made:

Monarch Steampunk Dragon Knifephoto source: www.williamhenry.com

Monarch Steampunk Dragon Knife is another stunning masterpiece created by William Henry. 

It features Hornet’s Nest Damascus blade, handcrafted by Mike Norris. The bolster is hand-engraved by Mark Hoescht with gold, silver, and copper inlays. The thumb stud and the one-hand button lock are decorated with precious spinel gems. 

The company’s website says, “This stunning ‘one-of-a-kind’ features a rich and intricate balance between elegance, function, and superlative artistry”.

Did you know?

William Henry was established in 1997 by Matthew William Conable and Michael Henry Honack. The company’s name is a combination of the middle names of both founders.


5. Spearpoint Steampunk Sea Life

Price: $20,000
Manufacturer: William Henry
Materials used: Stainless steel, gold, Damascus steel, and Spinel
Number of pieces made: 1

Spearpoint Steampunk Sea Lifephoto source: www.williamhenry.com

The next on our list is the Spearpoint Steampunk Sea Life pocket knife made by William Henry. Same as the Steampunk Dragon knife, the thumb stud and the one-handed button lock of this knife are set with spinel gemstone.  

The case is made of stainless steel and engraved gold inlays by Tom Sterling. The blade features Barbed Wire Damascus steel, etched by Robert Eggerling.  

Did you know?

All William Henry knives are made with Damascus billets that are forged with a minimum of 300 layers. 


4. Spearpoint Horned Dragon Pocket Knife

Price: $22, 000
Manufacturer: William Henry
Materials used: Stainless steel, 24K gold, silver, copper, Damascus steel, and black onyx
Number of pieces made: 3

Spearpoint Horned Dragon Pocket Knifephoto source: www.williamhenry.com

Spearpoint Horned Dragon pocket knife features a bolster made with stainless steel, while the blade is the same as that of Steampunk Sea Life.

The case is inlaid with gold, silver, and copper, beautifully engraved by Julien Marchal. The thumb stud and the button lock are studded with black onyx gemstone.

The company’s website reads, “The ‘Horned Dragon’ features some of the most exotic materials, artistry and forged metals that are the hallmark of William Henry’s collections; a timeless heirloom to be proudly worn and used for a lifetime before being handed down to another generation.”

Did you know?

William Henry offers eight diverse collections of pocket knives, including Spearpoint, Monarch, GenTac, Persian, Vetana, Lancet, Kestrel, and Pikatti. 


3. Spearpoint Lace Knife

Price: $25,000
Manufacturer: William Henry
Materials used: Stainless steel, gold, Damascus steel, and spinel
Number of pieces made: 1

Spearpoint Lace Knifephoto source: www.williamhenry.com

It is yet another gorgeous knife made by William Henry. The blade is Boomerang Damascus steel hand forged by Chad Nichols. The bolster features gold inlays beautifully hand-curved by Mario Terzi. The blade is 3.6 inches long, and the handle is 4.13 inches. 

The thumb stud and button lock have spinel gemstones. The knife offers a full-size secure grip and a versatile deep-belly blade, a signature style of William Henry.

Did you know?

Each exclusive William Henry knife takes more than seven months to produce, involving more than 300 artisans across 800 workshops. 


2. Platinum Diamond Swiss Army Knife

Price: $70,000
Manufacturer: Vitorinox
Materials used: Platinum and diamond
Number of pieces made: 1

Platinum Diamond Swiss Army Knifephoto source: 1.bp.blogspot.com

It is the only pocket knife on this list not made by William Henry. This exclusive pocket knife was made by the Swiss knife manufacturing company Vitorinox. The company is well known for its Swiss Army knife, a multi-tool pocket knife. The company is currently the sole supplier of multi-purpose knives to the Swiss Armed Forces.

Vitorinox made this stellar knife in 2007 to celebrate the company’s 120 year of journey. The knife includes a large blade, small blade, nail cleaner, nail file, screwdriver, scissors, orange peeler, and tweezers.

The case is made with pure platinum 950, and each tool is studded with tiny diamonds. The knife has a total of 430 diamonds adding up to four carats. Vitorinox also made a cheaper version of this knife, replacing the platinum with yellow gold. That was priced at $50,000.

Did you know?

The name Swiss Army Knife was coined by US soldiers during WWII as they found it difficult to pronounce the name Offiziersmesser, the German word for “officer’s knife”.


1. GenTac Silver Warrior Knife

Price: $75,000
Manufacturer: William Henry
Materials used: 24K gold, sterling silver, Damascus steel, blue sapphire, and diamond
Number of pieces made: 1

GenTac Silver Warrior Knifephoto source: 1.bp.blogspot.com

GenTac Silver Warrior is the most expensive pocket knife ever made, with a price tag of $75,000. It was made as part of a collection honoring the works of Frank Frazzetta. Besides this designer pocket knife, the collection also included men’s jewelry, such as pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and a ring. 

The knife pays homage to Frazzetta’s one of most celebrated works, The Silver Warrior painting from 1972. The frame features the Silver Warrior and his polar bears with inlays of gold and blue sapphires. It is hand engraved by Aleksey Saburov.

The thumb stud and lock buttons are encrusted with diamonds. The blade made with Damascus steel is handcrafted by Chad Nicholas.

Did you know?

Frank Frazzetta is often referred to as the “Godfather of fantasy art” for his elaborate contributions to science fiction and fantasy art. He is renowned for his paintings and artworks for comic books, posters, record album covers, book covers, and others. 

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