The Modern Gentlemen's Knife
The Duval is our first front-flipper, combining the best features of two classic knife silhouettes into a sleek and functional new form. Traditional gentlemen's knives require two hands to open and close, and they don't generally lock. With its front-flipper opening style and it's frame-lock design, you get the best of both worlds: the ease of opening and security of a traditional frame-lock knife, combined with slimness, symmetry and beauty of a classic gentlemen's pocket knife.
A beautiful knife that requires a little effort to learn to love
Its gorgeous, well constructed, and finely finished. I have a great fondness for sheepsfoot and wharncliffe blades and this one is very nice. As noted already, the front flip function takes some getting used too. Its not easy. The trick is to use your middle finger as reverse leverage on the back of the knife while you grip it tightly with your ring finger and thumb, opening with your index finger. Once you get the placement right it works. Its all about leverage.
The James Brand, Inc.
Thanks Darrin! Much appreciated; like you said it takes a bit of time to learn but once you understand it, it makes sense. We are working on a little manual that should help with that too. Enjoy!
Is a quality knife. It came centered and sharp. It functions well the front flipper requires some getting used to. Smooth bearings solid early lock up. It has internal stop pins that ride in a track. It has an overtravel lock bar stop and a steel lock bar insert. The reason im writing a review is I was suprised at the build quality. Its thin but solid. I have the micarta model it came with the wood tray and felt cover/pouch. Landyard and sticker.