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The Wells

The Wells

Our First Back Flipper

Regular price  $449.00
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Color Black + Rose Gold

Blade Shape

Blade Shape Straight

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Introducing the Wells

Named after the Wells projectile point found in Cherokee County, Texas, The Wells is our first true flipper design. A flipper has been on our drawing board for years, but we weren’t going to do it until we could do it our way. The Wells is a testament to our dedication to blending form and function seamlessly. Designed, machined and built right here in the USA, the Wells embodies versatility and durability in every detail. Elevate your everyday carry with the Wells – where aesthetics and utility converge in harmonious style.

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Fast deployment, one-handed operation and epic fidget factor. Your co-workers will hate you and your clicking.
Proudly designed, machined and assembled in the USA.
A USA-made super-steel that balances corrosion resistance and toughness.
It’s all ball-bearings these days, but with these you know you’ll be getting smooth action for a lifetime (which is a lot more than a lot of us can say).
Easy in and out, again and again. It’s hard to beat the minimalism and ease of use of a formed wire clip.

Technical specifications

Blade Length
2.875" / 7.3cm
Overall Length
7.25" / 18.4cm
3.3oz / 99g
Lock Type
Button Lock
Carry orientation
Right handed
Blade Steel
Blade Type
Sheepsfoot / Wharncliffe
Scale Material
Aerospace grade heat treated Aluminum 6061
Blade Hardness
63 HRC Magnacut
Clip Material
bent 420 stainless steel
stainless steel
Blade Grind
High Flat Grind
stainless steel caged ball bearings with steel washers
Designed In
Portland, OR
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edc flipper knife

MagnaCut Blade Steel

7.25" overall length

USA Made

2.875" blade length

The Button Lock: The Most Intuitive Lock

Some locking mechanisms can be difficult to figure out, as they aren't visually intuitive. Not so with a button lock. It's straightforward to understand how a button lock functions, and the design is easy to operate with one hand. The placement of the button keeps your fingers a fair distance away from the business side of your blade. Button locks are praised for their intuitive design, ease of use and solid lock-up. It's the most straight-forward of the modern locking mechanisms.

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the wells features

The Very Best of TJB

The Wells is 100% made in the USA, joining The Kline and The Anzick in our ever-expanding line of domestically made knives and tools. We know it’s important to you and it’s important to us too. The Wells features a button-lock for security and ease of use. The flipper tab design means that The Wells is easily and quickly deployed with just a flick of the finger; it’s a fast and easy one-handed deployment, every time. The fidget factor with a flipper is also off the charts. You’ll never be able to put this one down. The formed wire pocket clip makes for easy and secure in-pocket carry. The caged, stainless steel bearings enable a buttery smooth deployment every time. The scales are aerospace-grade 6061 aluminum.

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The detail of the aluminum clip on The James Brand Wells knife.
Front flipper detail on The Wells knife with MagnaCut steel.

More MagnaCut

Of all of the amazing steels out there, Magnacut remains one of our very favorite and most requested.  The MagnaCut blade of The Wells combines the corrosion-resistance of a traditional stainless steel with the unparalleled toughness of traditional high carbon steels. The bottom line is that it’s an amazingly well-balanced steel for your daily carry blade. Our MagnaCut is heat-treated to 63 HRC, and has been signed off by Dr. Larrin Thomas himself. 

The Wells is available in 2 colors: anodized aluminum with a stonewashed blade, or in a blacked out option with a DLC-coated blade. The quantities are limited, so get in on the Wells while you can.

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93% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
15 Reviews
Reviewed by John C.
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I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
Review posted

A solid knife

I like it. I prefer a back flipper and like that James made this knife. It's heavy and a little thick but feels good in the hand. I don't care for the lock button, it's too small, difficult to press with fat fingers, and I wonder what will happen if I happened to slice an apple or something like that and get something sticky in the mechanism. Aside from that, good knife.

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Reviewed by Ryan
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I recommend this product
Rated 4 out of 5
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Bought it in black/black; it's a beautiful finish, really happy to support US-made great design. Super comfortable in hand, I actually expected it to be smaller. Only real dings are that the blade is not sharp out of the box (NBD, since I sharpen everything anyway), and that the clip isn't just an optional/delete feature.

Overall, beautiful.

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Reviewed by Joseph
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
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5 Stars

Very beautiful and nice

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Reviewed by Ivan K.
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I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Better than expected

The shipping was great.

Packaging and the knife exceeded my expectations. I am very happy with the product.

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Reviewed by Ken T.
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I don't recommend this product
Rated 2 out of 5
Review posted

not that sharp and not worth the money

This knife is just ok. If i paid $39.00 for it i would think it was fair. It’s just nothing special. I read the reviews and what was written about it and this knife is not very sharp out of the box. The flipper works well but it reminds me of a Grandfather’s knife that i can buy in an army navy store or a hardware store for under 40.00.

I wanted to like it and it’s just average at best.

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