The Modern Pocket 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.
Love it but…
I love the idea and the design. Unfortunately, the rosewood is cracked. I still love it and carry it but just a little disappointed. Im sure it is isolated and their quality overall is usually top notch.
I am not a "knife guy".
So, I have owned a few knives here and there over the years. Some of the less expensive, but better known names. Then a friend turned me onto TJB by showing off his Carter. I was intrigued so, I obviously went to the site and started browsing. My design lust landed me on the Duval page and I immediately looked at the price and left the page. I'd peaked back at it every few months when a knife was mentioned and I came close to adding it to my cart a couple times. Then a "big" birthday of mine recently came and went. I felt a little cheated because no one bought me anything special. Therefore I navigated back to TJB and ordered myself a Titanium and Damasteel Duval. I could not be anymore pleased with this work of art as a "Not a knife guy". There's not a flaw on it. no gaps, no looseness, no tool marks. The blade sits symmetrically in the frame when closed (I am OCD about symmetry). I am a little hesitant to EDC it because of the cost, but I am going to anyhow. I know a clip would ruin the aesthetic but I kind of wish it had one. That's the most minuscule con I could muster. I think this will put me on the path of knifeguyism as I have my eye on a few more models.
This is my second James Brand product. I also own the Carter. Im very happy with this knife and would recommend it to anyone.