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The Barnes

The Barnes

Simplicity Is The Ultimate Sophistication

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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 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.

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Integral Design
Our very first integral design, machined out of a solid titanium billet.
German super steel
Böhler M390 stainless steel
Removable Lanyard
Comes with an integrated removable lanyard.
Ceramic Bearings
The main pivot uses sealed ceramic bearings for an incredibly smooth action.

Technical specifications

Blade Steel
Böhler 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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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 stainless steel blade. 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.

cnc machined titanium knife

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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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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Reviewed by Andrew
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5 Stars

Amazing knife and customer service!

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Reviewed by James M.
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Best knife

By far my favorite knife! I can’t leave it at home. Feels perfect in my hand, blade is super sharp and a light knife as well. Loving The Barnes!

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Reviewed by Todd W.
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Instant classic

Love the look and feel of this knife. The tolerances are incredible from a single block of titanium. Just order another James knife I was so impressed.

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gifts

I use them for gifts for my good friends, i have 5 barnes away and everyone loves them.

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Reviewed by Greenh
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No Buyer’s Remorse

During the 27 years I served in the military I collected and used several multi-tools and folding knives. Most were tactical. Now that I wear business suits everyday, I decided that the Benchmade Striker (my favorite knife for years) was not the image I wanted to portray. Within the past few weeks, I purchased several knives to add to my rotation:

- The James Brand (TJB) Pike - Rosewood/Damascus

- Chris Reeve - Large Sebenza 31/Macassar Ebony

- TJB The Barnes - Snow Carbon /Damasteel

- CKRT CEO

By far my favorite knife is the Barnes. The knife’s aesthetics, charm and durability makes it perfect for everyday carry to the office or on a hike. For the amount I paid for this knife, I was preparing myself for buyers remorse; however, I am extremely pleased with this product. My favorite features are the integrated design and the beautiful damasteel blade. Additionally, included coin is a nice touch. My least favorite things are the cheap lanyard and the fact that it is not made in the USA. Despite the negative points, I would not think twice about ordering TJB limited edition products in the future.

When you order limited edition products from TJB, be prepared to pay and additional ~$140.00 for import taxes and fees before UPS will deliver.

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