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The Barnes

The Barnes

Simplicity Is The Ultimate Sophistication

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Color Black + Stainless

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The Exponentially Better Integral.

At The James Brand we're dedicated to making the very best knives and tools and to always pushing the boundaries of what is possible. In that spirit, we are proud to introduce the Barnes. The Barnes is a titanium framelock, and it's our very first integral design. The Barnes is CNC-machined from one solid billet of 6AL4V titanium, which means fewer parts, less maintenance and the ability to do things with the form that you cannot do in standard knife construction. The blade runs on a stainless steel pivot and ceramic bearings, and the clip is CNC-machined titanium as well. The Barnes comes with our very first coin design, as it's bad luck to give a knife as a gift without exchanging the coin, and comes with a paracord lanyard. It's the finest and most technically advanced knife we've ever made.

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Integral Design
Our very first integral design, machined out of a solid titanium billet.
CHOICE OF TWO SUPER STEELS
Bohler M390 stainless steel or Damasteel Hakkapella DS95X
Removable Lanyard
Comes with an integrated removable lanyard.
Deep Carry Clip
Reversible and removable deep-carry pocket clip.
Ceramic Bearings
The main pivot uses sealed ceramic bearings for an incredibly smooth action.

Technical specifications

Blade Steel
Bohler M390 stainless steel
SCALE MATERIAL
Titanium
Lock Style
Integral frame-lock with hardened steel lockface insert
Bearings
Ceramic bearings
Pocket Clip
Machined 6AL-4V titanium with paint-filled Clovis detail
Lanyard
Paracord lanyard included
Opening Style
Dual-sided thumb stud
Blade Length
3.5" / 8.9 cm
Overall Length
7.8" / 19.8 cm
Weight
4.6 oz / 132 g
Blade Shape
Drop point
Carry ORIENTATION
Right-handed
Carry Syle
Tip-up carry
Designed In
Portland, Oregon
Made In
Yangjiang, China
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All day, every day.

We make knives and tools for people who live adventurously - for people like us. For those who aren’t content consuming other people’s stories, and who don’t wait around for other people to fix things. We're with you, from the pocket to the hand, and back again.

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Bohler M390 stainless steel

7.8" overall length

Titanium Integral Design

3.5" blade length

The Barnes

At The James Brand we’re dedicated to making the very best knives and tools and to always pushing the boundaries of what is possible. In that spirit, we are proud to introduce the Barnes. The Barnes is a titanium framelock, and it's our very first integral design. The Barnes is CNC-machined from one solid billet of 6AL4V titanium, which means fewer parts, less maintenance and the ability to do things with the form that you cannot do in standard knife construction. The Barnes was named after one of the oldest projectile points found in North America, dating back more than 11,000 years. We are here, still trying to perfect the function and the form.

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EVERY DETAIL CONSIDERED


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The Exponentially Better Integral

The Barnes is built around a 3.5 inch Bohler M390 stainless steel blade; this is our first knife with M390, which is widely regarded as the singular best overall blade steel. The blade runs on a stainless steel pivot and ceramic bearings, and the clip is CNC-machined titanium as well. The Barnes comes with our very first coin design, as it's bad luck to give a knife as a gift without exchanging the coin, and comes with a paracord lanyard. It's finest and most most technically advanced knife we've ever made.

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CNC-Machined Ti Clip

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God Is In The Details

Honoring the point of an integral—simplicity and less moving parts—The Barnes has fewer pieces than a standard folding knife. With an integral design you eliminate the backspacer and the two seams that come with it. You can also eliminate extra hardware, making the integral design as clean as possible.

But fewer parts tell only half of The Barnes's story; the other half of the tale is found in the precision of its 6AL-4V titanium body of the knife. Like hollowing out a canoe from a singular log, machining an integral out of a single billet of titanium is a very difficult task, both from the standpoint of both design and manufacturing. It's taken us years of work to get to this point where we could bring The Barnes to market, but we are not in a hurry to be first. We always strive to be best, and make sure that our designs live up to our values, and that process always takes a long time.

With its overall larger form (with a 3.5" blade) the Barnes is designed to fit full-size hands and the titanium scales' CNC-machined grippy texture lets you have total control of the knife at all times. The machined titanium clip is a deep-carry design, with no visible hardware. The Barnes also comes complete with a paracord lanyard.

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Bohler M390

A True Super Steel.

The backbone of The Barnes might be its titanium integral design, but its heart is the Bohler M390 stainless steel blade. Revered as the best all-around knife steel, Bohler M390 is known for its excellent edge retention, corrosion resistance, and superior toughness. Together, the 6AL-4V titanium body and premium Bohler M390 mean that we have spared no expense to make The Barnes exceptional in both performance and aesthetics.

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Never Tell Us the Odds.

In an attempt to honor tradition and avoid superstitious lousy luck, each Barnes comes with a die cast double-sided TJB coin. This is our first coin design, and it represents the evolution of the Clovis point which we use as our brand mark, and that fact that knives are in fact one of our very first tools, and are still just as useful today. We firmly believe that analog experiences matter, and the coin serves as a reminders to do real things, in real time, to try and properly counter-balance our overly-digitized existences.

History tells us that gifting a knife risked the possibility of "cutting ties between friends." To prevent affable bonds from being severed, real or imagined, the tradition of including a coin when gifting a knife was born. When a knife was given, a coin, typically a penny (for good luck), was attached to the blade. The receiver of the gift would simply return the coin to the giver, thus "paying" for the knife and ensuring that the relationship remained intact (and the knife remained out of anyone's back).

We find value in the critical pieces of culture that tradition represents. Something as simple as gifting a coin with a knife can add meaning, creates a story and leaves a mark in the memory bank. So, when you present The Barnes with a TJB coin as a gift, you turn an exchange into into memory.

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Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
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    Chris M.
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    7 months ago
    Instant favorite, all black, perfectly matched...

    I describe it as "being made of sex" the murdered out all black, matching blacks, The Barnes is a thing of beauty. The design is thoughtful and exceptional. The build is excellent. It's all around an excellent choice for one of those knives you feel in person and know... You're going to have to go over-pay a little and get one. At least knowing, it's worth it and you'll be glad you did. In fact, I snagged a black/stainless version, used, as more a more frequent use EDC. Because the all black is just so perfect.

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    Andrew W.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    7 months ago
    As good and better then expected

    Beautiful knife all around and I am glad I gave the micarta version a try. This knife pulls off the fancy without looking fancy vibe. I truly appreciated the ergos and feel of the knife after a bout a week of carry. Fits my hand like a glove and came hair popping sharp. The price seems fair given the very high quality of the knife. Highly recommended!

  • JL
    joshua l.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    8 months ago
    Quality

    This knife is the epitome of quality. It is very well made. The overall size of the knife is perfect for edc. Ergos and action are pretty good as well. The Barnes is built tough. A true edc warrior. I can’t wait to use it more.

  • MT Profile picture for M Todd W.
    M Todd W.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    10 months ago
    Great EDC knife

    First off the packaging and included coin were great. The knife is top quality, very impressed. M390 is a great steel for folders and this sucker came razor sharp right out of the box. Ergos are knives, knife is comfortable in hand, smooth opening. Overall I am extremely pleased with this knife..

  • WB
    Westley B.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    11 months ago
    Very pleased

    The design and movements of this knife are awesome. The blade is a little difficult to open, but otherwise it’s amazing. How do you recommend we keep it sharp?

    Thanks!

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