The 3 Best James Brand Knives

The 3 Best James Brand Knives

We look at a few of our favorite blades from the Portland-based designers and toolmakers

James Brand’s collection of sleek tools and minimalist pocket knives have cemented their place as legends in the everyday carry community. Based in Portland, James Brand designs highly-functional EDC gear — from carabiners and bottle openers to pens and survival knives. Below are our 3 favorite James Brand knives from their collection. You can check out the full lineup right here.

  1. The Hell Gap

The James Brand Hell Gap  easily stows away in a glove compartment

The James Brand Hell Gap easily stows away in a glove compartment

The James Brand Hell Gap is overbuilt to handle anything. The full-tang survival blade is honed from top-tier Crucible s35vn stainless steel, and features a canvas micarta scale handle for a perfect grip even when wet. Plus, it’s the perfect size to easily store in a glove compartment, tackle box, or backpack.


The Ellis is a minimalist multi-tool that includes a knife, flat head screwdriver, scraper, and bottle opener all in one compact silhouette. It fits easily in a pocket, on a lanyard, or on a carabiner, and the lockback design means it can confidently handle some serious work.


The Chapter is a classic James Brand design with a drop point blade made with super durable D2 Steel. Finished with 416 Stainless hardware and a black-oxide coating, this is an ideal everyday carry pocket knife.


Thomas McDermott