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The James Brand Hell Gap

When you think of a minimalist EDC knife, it's likely you don't have a fixed blade in mind. But when you think of it, a fixed blade is actually the height of minimalist design when it comes to knives: there's no complication involved in folding the blade up and getting it ready to go when you need it. You can simply unsheathe the knife, get to work, and put it right back away while you go about your business. The James Brand has taken that simple formula and mixed it with the minimalist design language that they've become known for in making their brand new Hell Gap knife. The premium materials and made-in-USA construction make it a top-notch, reliable tool, and the smart looks of the design give it an attractive aesthetic and a low profile. Whether you take this knife outdoors to its namesake, the Hell Gap archaeological site in Wyoming, or carry it on your belt as a daily driver, it's a compelling choice for a hard-working EDC.

The blade on the Hell Gap is the star of the show here, with a no-frills design and the performance you'd expect from a knife made of premium materials. Other knives boast about the superior strength and hardness of Crucible S35VN stainless steel, but there are still compromises to be made when it's used on a folding knife. None of that applies to the Hell Gap, which provides you a potent 3.8” saber-ground S35VN edge on a full-tang, fixed blade knife that has no moving parts to fail or collapse on you, even during the roughest of use. The canvas micarta handles will also stand up to wear and tear from use both indoors and outdoors, while the grippy nature of the material offers solid control to make precise cuts. And unlike other fixed blade knife designs that skew towards something out of high fantasy or science fiction, the Hell Gap takes a less-is-more approach with a simple and effective drop point shape. There's a distinct lack of huge branding and tactical cues like aggressive serrations, resulting in a utilitarian look with performance that speaks for itself.

Despite its big performance, the Hell Gap remains relatively small enough for EDC. At 7.8” overall, it's the right size to carry on your belt, in a pocket, or with your gear. To accomplish that, the Hell Gap comes with its own fitted kydex sheath. There's also a lanyard hole at the pommel of the handle for carry that way if you prefer. This makes it easy to find and retrieve if you leave it in the glove compartment of your truck or pack it in a gear bag for a hike, for example.

With the Hell Gap in hand, you have a knife that you can count on when the stakes are highest and you can't trust a folding knife. The James Brand stands by their made in the USA knife with a limited lifetime warranty. Learn more about the James Brand's newest knife, available now at the link below.

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The James Brand Ellis

For a knife to be “minimalist,” it doesn't always have to mean it sports an understated design that's stripped of features. Minimalism can go beyond looks, instead focusing on letting you do more while carrying less. The James Brand Ellis has a unique balance of  uncluttered design and all-round versatility that's worthy of your minimalist EDC. With a competent blade for cutting tasks and an integrated multi-tool for almost everything else, it'll cover your bases, look good doing it, and free up some pocket space to boot.

The business end of the Ellis features a stout 2.6” modified drop-point blade that maximizes the cutting potential of the blade while keeping it compact. The blade is made out of a highly corrosion-resistant Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel that sharpens up to a nice edge. And because the blade has a mixture of straight edge and serrated surfaces, it's a good all-around cutting tool for your everyday carry. Opening the blade is a classic two-handed affair, made easier with the nail nick in the blade. A sturdy lockback mechanism holds the blade in place during use.

When you're done with the knife, fold it into the anodized aluminum handle, and it's there where the design of the Ellis truly shines. Like the gentleman's knives of old, the Ellis has a second tool built into the design, which opens just like the knife. But instead of another blade, the Ellis gives you a screwdriver and bottle opener. And because of the smart design of the Ellis, you get a full-sized handle that you can use to leverage these tools to the best of your ability. It doesn't stop there: at the pommel of the knife is a combination scraper and pry bar, handy for those who would otherwise use their knife for that task despite every warning not to do so.

For easy of carry, the back of the Ellis comes with a bail for attachment to a lanyard. If you prefer to carry it in your pockets, the 2.8 ounce weight makes it a no-fuss accompaniment to your curated carry. And with its good looks and intelligent features, you can use the Ellis to pare down to the essentials, making your life easier by shedding redundancies. The Ellis is available now, in three different colorways including black, silver, and a stand-out electric moss green. Check it out at the link below.

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The James Brand Folsom

From quick cuts to tough tasks, one of the best tools for the job is the humble liner-lock knife. You've probably seen enough of them as full-on tactical folders or as old-fashioned hunting knives. But for many EDCers, those designs don't quite fit in with their day-to-day lives and the rest of their essentials. That's why The James Brand designed the Folsom — their modern classic re-imagination of the tried-and-true liner-lock. Despite its stylish looks it's no shelf queen, pairing hardy materials with a simple yet effective design resulting in a knife that's ready to get to work, stay by your side for the long haul, and look good doing it. It's a capable companion for the adventurous EDCer who relies on their knife around town, out in the backcountry, and everywhere in between.

The Folsom comes as a more substantial knife, with a 3.4 oz weight, fuller proportions, and a balanced blend of clean lines and gentle curves for a comfortable, ergonomic grip. Its 4” closed length and slim G10 handles give plenty of control and durability you'd want in a workhorse knife while keeping weight and bulk down in the pocket. A large, triangular thumbhole allows for easy, ambidextrous one-hand deployment when it's time to get to work. Its 2.75” blade length makes it easier to carry both in the pocket and in locales with stricter knife laws, while its classic drop point shape maximizes cutting edge to make it cut like a larger knife. Featuring Carpenter CTS-BD1 steel for its edge retention, corrosion resistance and low maintenance, combined with a stainless steel liner lock, the Folsom was designed to truly be put through the paces.

Since the best knife is the one you have on you, the Folsom comes equipped with a beefy 416 stainless steel reversible pocket clip for easy, tip-up EDC. A contrasting lanyard hole towards the back end of the handle opens up more carry options as well. The Folsom's simple format lays the foundation for tons of customization options so you're sure to find a Folsom that fits your needs. You can go with G10 scales for performance and grip on par with modern blades, or opt for Micarta or Ebony Wood scales for that traditional look and organic feel in hand. The blade comes in stainless or PVD coated black, and in a classic straight edge or a versatile serrated combo edge as well. Whatever Folsom you choose, you can get it in your hands quickly with free 2-day shipping direct from The James Brand at the link below.

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The James Brand Benton Pen and Field Notes Pack

Whether you're planning your daily to-do's or drawing up your holiday shopping list, writing things down by hand with pen and paper can make all the difference. To some EDCers, a solid pen and a pocket notebook are just as essential as their trusty folding knife. Few companies know this as well as the James Brand, who have recently started to expand their offering beyond their sleek folding knives to cover the rest of your bases. This time around, they've released an EDC pen with their signature modern minimalist styling, built with durable materials and kitted out with thoughtful details that any EDCer can appreciate. To accompany the Benton Pen, they've also collaborated with Field Notes to offer another 3-pack of notebooks to add to your collection as well.

Unlike most pens, the Benton Pen is machined from sturdy 304 stainless steel. It gives a premium feel with added heft and substance for balance and durability. It's comfortably sized at 5.5” long, complete with a generous section of laser-etched stippling at the end of the pen for extra grip. As a refillable machined pen, the Benton accommodates the ever-popular Schmidt 900 Parker-style ballpoint refill that's easy to find in your preferred size and color. 

A rear click mechanism is an ideal choice for an EDC pen like the Benton, as its satisfying action is quick to deploy compared to screw caps and there are no loose parts to misplace. Even better, the clicky itself serves as a lanyard attachment point. An included cord lanyard with dual-textured bead offers easy retrieval and more secure retention, making this pen much harder to lose. A slim, PVD-coated pocket clip gives you convenient carry options and doubles as an anti-roll mechanism when you've set it down, too.

The Benton Pen comes in two colorways: a silver body with contrasting black clip and green-accented clicker, and a fully murdered out all-black version. They pair up nicely with the James Brand's set of the ever-popular Field Notes pocket notebooks, which come in a 3-pack of Steel Grey, Walnut, and Electric Moss covers with green grid ruling.

With the James Brand Benton Pen and matching Field Notes, you'll be ready to close out this year with style, and with all of your notes in order. You can pick up the Benton Pen and support a charitable cause in celebration of Giving Tuesday at the James Brand's website linked below.

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The James Brand Elko Micarta

Not all knives need to be tactical to be good enough for EDC. Sometimes it's better to carry just the opposite, like a more traditional gent's knife or a small and discreet keychain knife depending on how and where you'll use it. Maybe you even want a knife that's both: the elusive gent's keychain knife. For that, the latest collaboration from Urban EDC Supply and The James Brand should do the trick. It's a classy take on The James Brand's extremely popular Elko slipjoint knife, this time with rugged OD green micarta scales that aren't just for show.

Instead of the modern-looking anodized aluminum scales found on the original Elko, this exclusive collaboration rocks OD Green micarta that's often found on more traditionally styled knives. The material is just as lightweight and exceptionally durable, but it features a tactile, textured finish to add much needed grip on a smaller knife like this. The Elko weighs in at only 1.3 ounces and measures 2.60” when closed, making it the perfect size for keychain blade duty.

Compared to other keychain knives, the Elko manages to feel more substantial in the hand during use. The 1.74” drop point Sandvik 12C27 blade makes quick work of light tasks for the average EDCer. Whether you live somewhere with stricter knife laws or you prefer gear that's simple to use, you'll appreciate the Elko's ambidextrous nail nick and non-locking, manual slip joint deployment.

The attachment point on the back of the Elko that lets you carry it on your keychain also provides some added utility, doubling as a small screwdriver or pry edge in a pinch. If keychain carry isn't your thing, you can also loop a lanyard through and carry it in your coin pocket or even tucked into a gear sheath or pouch organizer. You can grab the OD Green Micarta Elko exclusively from Urban EDC Supply's store page at the link below, with orders set to ship out this November.

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The James Brand Mehlville Carabiner

When choosing gear to carry essentials as important as your keys, you want something that’s durable, lightweight, and above all, dependable. You might know The James Brand for making sleek knives with these very same qualities. With their new Mehlville carabiner, they're bringing what they do best to another staple in your EDC kit: your keychain. The Mehlville is a refreshing take on the standard carabiner with useful features and subtle design decisions that EDCers can appreciate.

The clip itself forms two compartments on the top and bottom of the carabiner so it’s easy to keep your gear organized. You’ll also find a stud opposite the gate that functions as a bottle opener. Both the gate pin and bottle opener stud are made from durable 304 stainless steel. The James Brand chose 6063 aluminum as the base material to keep the weight down while maintaining its strength. They’ve then anodized the surface to increase the scratch- and corrosion-resistance to help keep it look as good as it did from day one. Instead of using bent or molded metal, the Mehlville is actually machined from a solid block of aluminum. This process results not only in a sleek fit and finish, but also in a stronger tool overall without the seams or points of weakness you'd get from more common manufacturing methods.

If you’re looking for a stylish and sleek way to keep your keychain setup organized, the Mehlville is an excellent option from a trusted brand in the EDC community. You can add one to your key setup by picking one up at the link below!

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The James Brand Titanium Knife Collection

When you think about your EDC knife, it's easy to focus on just the blade. But that's only half the equation — the handle and materials also play a huge role. Aluminum handles might seem more tactical while G10 handles fit in an outdoorsy carry for example. In the case of The James Brand family of knives, with its focus on everyday utility blended with modern styling, there's no better fit than titanium. The new Titanium Collection now has a knife in every EDCer's favorite metal, whether you want a keychain option, a classier slipjoint, or a hardworking framelock for your kit.

For their first materials-focused collection, The James Brand dressed up a well-balanced trio of their knives in matte Grade 5 titanium scales. Titanium has amazing physical properties that are perfectly suited for EDC gear: it's uniquely strong yet flexible, light weight, and resistant to corrosion. It also complements the sleek, minimalist silhouettes on these three knives.

If you're looking for day-to-day performance and a solid lock for hard use, the Chapter knife covers your bases. It features a usable 2.8” long, drop point D2 steel blade to tackle most cutting jobs. It deploys quickly via a manual thumb stud and locks up securely into its titanium frame lock. For a dressier, more modern take on a classic pocketknife, there's the County. Its 2.5” Sandvik 12C27 blade requires a two-hand open and doesn't lock, making it a viable EDC in places where large, locking knives or open carry are restricted. Last but not least, the titanium Elko knife can ride on your keychain and handle quick cuts, opening mail, and other smaller tasks thanks to its 1.74” blade and built-in screwdriver/keychain attachment point.

Check out the full titanium collection here, or grab the titanium Chapter at the link below.

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The James Brand Hook Keychain

Sometimes your pockets aren't the best place to put your keys. There's the space issue, for one. When you've got your trusty EDC knife clipped to your pocket, with your flashlight clipped next to that, and your pen clipped next to that… you get the idea. With only so much room in your pockets, hanging your keys off your belt loop is your best bet — and the Hook from The James Brand is a new piece of gear to help you do it.

It's not just a hook for your keys, but also a solid machined 304 stainless steel multi-tool. Aside from keeping your keys out of your pockets, it doubles as an inch ruler and bottle opener. And unlike some other tiny minimalist tools, the bottle opener on the Hook has enough leverage to to use comfortably.

Handiness and convenience aren't the only things the Hook has going for it. It also has a raw, unpolished look that lends a bit of grittiness and character to your EDC. Or, for a stealthier option, you can pick one up in a matte black finish as well. Get one in stainless steel at the link below.

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