Since the launch of The James Brand in 2012, the Oregon-based knife and tool outfit has become synonymous with top-shelf materials, striking industrial designs, and artisan small-batch production – something that’s increasingly evident with each new TJB release. And after spending the last year primarily focusing on contemporary interpretations of classic knives with models like the Pike and the Wayland, The James Brand has shifted its attention back to crafting another modern and utilitarian EDC blade.
Christened “The Barnes,” this new knife sports a similar profile to TJB’s already stellar Carter and Folsom knives, though is markedly more top-shelf, representing the Portland company’s first-ever knife with a chassis-integrated frame-lock design. Each knife starts as a block of 6AL4V titanium billet, before being precision-machined into integral frames reinforced with hardened steel lock-face inserts and bestowed with paint-filled Clovis details before being mated to a 3.5” Bohler M390 steel drop point blade that’s deployed via double-sided them-studs and guided by ceramic ball bearings. Weighing only 4.6oz, the knife measures 7.8” when open and comes with a machined titanium pocket clip and an included paracord lanyard. Taking its name from the “oldest projectile points found in North America,” The James Brand’s The Barnes knife is available now with black or gray scales, with pricing set at $599.
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