Rugged Beauty

WILLIAM HENRY’S CUSTOM-CRAFTED POCKET KNIFE INSPIRED BY AMERICAN FRONTIER

German Prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied in 1832 retained painter Karl Bodmer (1809-1893) to document his expedition to the American frontier. Bodmer’s images of the American West were included in the prince’s book about his journey. 

AMENITIES

William Henry’s newly crafted Spearpoint B12-Bodmer Pocket Knife (top) is inspired by Bodmer’s work. The engraved scene is a montage of Bodmer’s portraits from the trip he took with Maximilian up the Missouri River beginning in 1833. 

Master engraver Sam Welch has inlaid this unique piece with 24K gold and rose gold. To achieve this level of detail, the engraving is done by hand under a binocular microscope. The result is a spectacular one-of-a-kind item ($32,000, WilliamHenry.com, 888.563.4500). 

William Henry since 1997 has offered high-end pocket knives, writing instruments, money clips, cuff links and key chains using natural materials, precious metals and gemstones, and state-of-the-art alloys. Most pieces are designed and created in limited, often unique editions. The Oregon-based company has recently expanded its “world-renowned creations” into rugged men’s jewelry, notes Fashion Times. 

Collector Destination

As the founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, Johnny Morris is often called “the Walt Disney of the Outdoors.” It’s no surprise, then, that his Big Cedar Lodge (BigCedar.com) is a wilderness resort where preservation, conservation and family traditions come together. There’s world-class golfing, a marina, paddleboats, hiking, a spa and, of course, fishing – all in the heart of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. But of special interest to collectors is the resort’s Ancient Ozarks Natural History Museum, which showcases Morris’ prehistoric fossil, American Indian artifacts and Civil War collections. It’s the perfect getaway for collectors and their families, just eight miles south of Branson, Mo.

Limited Serving

For over three decades, Millesima has provided its customers an unparalleled selection of the finest wines directly from the cellars of the Chateau themselves. Its Millesima Discovery Case contains six magnums from the most iconic Bordeaux Chateaux, all from the 2006 vintage, delicately packaged in a custom wooden case ($1,400, Millesima-usa.com). It’s sure to give wine enthusiasts a full perspective of a single vintage through the most renowned appellations of Bordeaux. And don’t wait too long. Millesima says they are offering only six cases.

BMW’s Retro Screamer

For many motorcycle aficionados, it’s all about a pure ride. BMW’s success with its R nineT has now given us the R nineT Racer (MSRP $13,295, BMWmotorcycles.com). The bike “deliberately arouses memories of sports motorcycles popular in the early 1970s,” the company says. “It conveys a sense of old-school sporty aspiration with its strikingly short half-fairing, hump seat, stub handlebars and set-back footrests, combining this overall impression with modern technology.” The 110-hp flat-twin-boxer engine “can rip through back roads on weekends,” writes Esquire, “but would get a nod of approval from all your favorite antiheroes.”