William Henry S07 Evolution G-10 Knife

Reviewed by corwin99 on December 8th, 2008

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The Evolution series of knives from William Henry are entry level luxury utility folders with a bit of tactical flair, with the shadow-boxed handles and G-10 handle material. The frames are stainless steel, and the William Henry logo is set in a globe, indicating it’s overseas origin. In the case of these Evolution folders, production took place in Japan. Not too shabby.

Though these folders are not up to the fit and finish as the USA-made, hand-finished peices that I have owned (see other reviews in the William Henry section), they are still very good knives for the money. Since these are discontinued, they are usually found on the secondary market for around the $100 mark, which is less than half the price of a similarly sized William Henry from their main series.

These Japanese made William Henry knives are made with quality VG-10 steel, and come exceptionally sharp out of the box. I have owned several different incarnations of the Evolution knives, and they are all very sharp and consistent in quality.

The shadow boxed handles on these models gives the knife a bit more design appeal, but in my opinion makes the knife feel less solid in the hand and a little less comfortable to hold. It actually makes it feel a bit cheaper when you are holding it to use. When you torque the knife a bit it does slip a bit on the lock, so the knife isn’t really designed for hard use.

These models come with a clip sheath which is really handy for EDC. These might be appropriate for EDC with a more dessed-up look, or casual khakis, but wouldn’t be out of place with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt either.

Overall, the S07 Evolution in G-10 is a great casual EDC for lighter work, just don’t put too much stress on it. Nice design and very classy grinds make a great choice for an entry level luxury utility folder.

Specs:
Blade Length: 3″
Overall Length: 7″
Blade Steel: VG-10
Handle Material: G-10
Liners: Stainless Steel

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