James Brand has just released the Barnes, a new folding knife design that marks the new high end point of their catalog. The Barnes is the first integral knife design from James, and also marks a few other firsts for the company.
James has been working with titanium since the very beginning, but this is the first time they’ve tried their hand an integral. The Barnes’s entire handle is made from a single, seamless piece of titanium; and with no need to hold two separate scales together, there is a major reduction in necessary hardware and visual clutter here, even by James’s minimalist standards. But style is a key part of the James Brand ethos, so they stepped up the knife’s aesthetic in another way, with a triangular pattern reminiscent of the James clovis logo milled into the scales.
If James Brand wants to be taken seriously beyond its core fanbase, making an integral is one way to do that. It is a much more complicated manufacturing process, and beyond necessary in a purely functional sense.
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