I have about 6 pairs of C&J. Handgrade and benchmade. Vintage and recent. Have to say their aesthetic particularly the 338 handgrade last is a beauty . Classic style and construction you don't find with Carmina.
I'd have to say EG is more comfortable but C&J look better on your feet.
I suspect now that Herringbone have dropped C&J that is why they are taking them up.
Not to say Carmina does not make a good shoe for the price either.