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 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 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 the finest and most technically advanced knife we've ever made.
You get what you pay for...
I have the Titanium + Stainless version and I love it! I do own several "premium" folding knives, but this is my first integral. In terms of quality, it stacks up against the others. It feels good in the hand and pocket. It was really tight out of the box and did take some time to break in to where I can consistently thumb flick it to open the knife. Like many high end knives, this is a piece of artwork as much as it is a tool. If this won't break your bank I would recommend it.
You probably noticed this knife is expensive, but perceived value is subjective and determined by the buyer. I do not regret my purchase. I would like to know who the designer of this knife is. It appears the designer watched every knife review and made sure this knife does not make any mistakes. Two minor changes I would suggest: 1) The lock bar unlock access could be improved by making the access port slightly higher on the lock bar side. 2) It appears the thumb stud is not removable. Perhaps a special tool or technique is required, but it would be nice if it could be removed for sharpening and owner customization. Alternate studs could be marketed by James Brand or a third party.
I’ve been using the chapter knife for years, and I love it. There are times when I want a larger blade, and the Barnes delivers and then some. The Chapter is still great and it is more compact, but the Barnes design is a whole different level. Very comfortable to hold, and the handle has a nice grip to it. Love the black/black edition!
The Barnes Knife
This knife is amazing! Superior quality and craftsmanship!
A very exceptional presentation piece that ascribes to the design standards of The James Brand.