James Brand Kline Gets Outfitted with Molten Carbon Fiber

James Brand has just expanded the Kline line with a new, dressier variation of the knife. Clad in marbled carbon fiber but with the same workhorse dimensions and premium blade steel, the carbon fiber Kline adds an upscale variant into the pool of options for this US-made folder.

If you don’t have or don’t know the Kline, here’s the recap: originally released in 2022, the Kline made waves, not just as another EDC knife in the company’s lineup, but as their first made-in-the-USA knife. The core of the experience was the mid-sized 3.4-inch blade, drawn in a handsome, wide drop point with a generous hollow grind down to the edge. Equipped with MagnaCut steel from the beginning, the Kline struck a sweet spot for users in the market for a premium folder with a distinct sense of style, the latter being something that James has excelled at from the off, when it opened the doors with the Chapter folder all the way back in 2013.

Every spec and detail has been carried forward here on this latest Kline. That also means that buyers will get to experience the Slide Lock, James’ Axislike, that allows this one to be fully ambidextrous. Most notable on this newest version is the material of the scales covering the Slide Lock mechanism, for this one is clad in marbled carbon fiber. The result is a look right in line both with the Kline’s own smart industrial build, and James’ overarching commitment to knives that are both fashionable and functionable.

We said “marbled carbon fiber,” James itself says it, but, according to the detailed specifications the stuff here is called “Molten carbon fiber;” it comes from composite manufacturer ProTech (not that ProTech), who also supplies to other knife companies like Benchmade. And while it’s splitting hairs to some degree, it does have a different look than your standard marbled CF: more irregular, less composed of hard-edged flecks; everything turns and swirls in a more organic fashion here.

The new Kline released just today and is available now.

Knife in Featured Image: James Brand Kline in Marbled Carbon Fiber

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