When it comes to everyday carry (EDC), most brands will ambitiously claim their multi-tool products are flexible enough to tackle anything. Portland-based adventure business The James Brand can actually attest to that. The EDC brand has carved out a niche, quite literally, for conventional products that are as diverse as they are reliable and for 2022, the team has reintroduced an icon. This week, The James Brand re-released The Ellis, its sold-out mainstay multi-tool, complete with a bold new look and redesigned form function.
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According to the adventure label, the new Ellis design comes by way of consumer feedback, with The James Brand noting an overwhelming demand for a scissor function, a first for the Oregon business. In response, the latest iteration cops a handy addition to its already-stacked multi-tool offering, which currently includes a partially-serrated Swedish Sandvik 12C27 stainless-steel blade and screwdriver. Additionally, the brand revealed that the new drop point tool has been reimagined in three new colourways: black on black, OD green on black and OD green micarta and stainless steel.
“We have also updated the construction of the Ellis into a slip-joint design to make it easier to use,” The James Brand wrote. “The new Ellis also features a new deep-carry wire clip as well as our “All-Things” scraper, flat-head screwdriver and pry tool. The Ellis is built around a partially-serrated Swedish Sandvik 12C27 stainless-steel blade and is available in three different scale options.”
Impressively, the new James Brand Ellis multi-tool makes use of a slip-joint design, which utilises a metal bar spring to hold the knife open and closed, making it easier to use. Born from the same lineage as the much-loved Elko, the new Ellis multi-tool is designed to be an in-pocket everyday driver, no matter your line of work. You can pick up the new Ellis multi-tool now via The James Brand’s official website below for USD$119.
“We asked ourselves “What things do you really need from a knife like this?'” The James Brand wrote. “We made sure that the Ellis had all of those functions, and then we ditched the rest. With a partially serrated blade, scissors, pry bar, and bent wire clip you won’t know how you ever got along without it.”