Last year, The James Brand added EDC pocket tools to its modest lineup of mid-range daily carry knives, such as a carabiner with a bottle opener and a keychain pry tool. Today, the company launched another first, its first multi-tool: the Ellis.
Staying true to its roots, The James Brand used many design cues from both the Chapter and Elko — such as a squared handle design, cut out nail nick opening style, and a drop point blade — to create the Ellis. The handles on the Ellis are made of anodized aluminum and the partially serrated blade is made of Sandvik 12C27 steel. As for carry style, you’ll have to carry it in your pocket like your favorite SAK or use the bail loop to attach it to a keychain or lanyard.
The Elko keychain knife has oft been pitted against the timeless Victorinox Classic SD as one of the best micro EDC knives on the market. But the Ellis is a more direct shot at the renowned Swiss knife maker, featuring a 2.6-inch (6.6-centimeter) partially serrated primary blade, multi-type screwdriver, bottle opener, and scraper tool. However, while likened to a modern Swiss Army Knife, the Ellis has one thing your Swiss Army Knife doesn’t: a lock.
The James Brand Ellis is a double lockback design, which means each tool has its own lock. If the Ellis looks familiar to you, it’s because it’s a re-release, as noted by Gear Patrol. The first iteration of the Ellis featured a lockback that would unintentionally disengage if the user pressed on the screwdriver tool while the knife was deployed. So while the knife (and even the lock) look virtually identical as before the company completely redesigned the lock mechanism to make it more reliable and remove any doubt that the lock would work as intended.
The Ellis comes in three colors — Black, Silver, and Electric Moss (green) — and retails for $99.
The James Brand Ellis key features:
- Price: $99
- Blade Type: Drop Point, Partially Serrated
- Opening Mechanism: Nail Nick
- Lock Mechanism: Lockback
- Overall Length: 6.1in (15.5cm)
- Blade Length: 2.6in (6.6cm)
- Closed Length: 3.5in (8.9cm)
- Weight: 2.8oz (79.4g)
- Blade Material: Sandvik 12C27
- Handle Material: Anodized Aluminum
- Carry Type: Bail Loop & Lanyard
- Additional Tools: Multi-Type Screwdriver, Scraper, Bottle Opener