James Brand returned to their Ellis multifunctional knife design this month. The Ellis Slim alters the 2022 Ellis design to make it the thinnest full-sized folder in their lineup.
Actually, the Ellis Slim isn’t the first time we’ve seen James revise the Ellis concept. The original Ellis released a few years prior; it was a multifunctional lock back folder with a bottle opener arm in addition to the main blade. In 2022, James revised the design, extending the prybar component and swapping out the bottle opener for a scissor arm instead. So the Ellis Slim is really the third variant we’ve seen on this particular design.
The Ellis Slim is all about being slim; to achieve that end James Brand removed the scissor arm altogether, although they have retained the pry bar/scraper/driver head on the butt end. By so doing, they brought the thickness down by 33%, from 12mm to just 8mm – notably thinner a pack of gum, the de fact thickness comparison standard. Like the ’22 Ellis the Slim is a non-locking design; its blade is the same 2.6-inch spear too, made once again from 12C27N steel; it comes in both partially serrated and plain edge options.
You’ve also got options in terms of handle material, as the Ellis Slim is available in both aluminum and G-10 configurations. The G-10 can be black or tan; currently the aluminum model is only available with a bright yellow coloration at this time. Such a thin knife necessarily imparts a light overall weight, with this thing tipping the scales at 1.8 oz. The Ellis Slim comes with a wire, loop over pocket clip.
The Ellis Slim is available now.
Knife in Featured Image: James Brand Ellis Slim
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