Bastion braza bro edc folding mini-knife review – the gadgeteer la gasolina lyrics


The Braza Bro was one of those items that immediately felt and looked high-quality right out of its box. It actually looked and felt even more impressive than I expected from the pics and videos in its Kickstarter campaign. Its Titanium-coated stainless steel frame looks and feels very solid.

The Braza Bro is not only small in a footprint (length and width sense), it is also quite slim (in a thickness sense), as seen in the images above and below. I especially liked this as well, as it cuts down on the knife’s bulkiness, which helps make this a much more effective EDC knife for me.

The Braza Bro utilizes tiny stainless steel Torx head screws to secure its frame together, as seen above. While Torx drivers are not exactly easy to find, they are available, and if you had to disassemble the Braza Bro, it could be done. Additionally, Braza Bro includes a small loop built directly into its frame, that can be used to attach either of the split rings include with it, as well as 550 paracord or other items that can be used to attach and secure Braza Bro.

As mentioned further above, the Braza Bro has a small but very solid and functional pocket clip. Again, it is secured with a small Torx screw, so the clip could be removed if desired, though the clip is such a low-profile shape and size that I can’t see a reason to do so.

In the image above the Braza Bro’s frame lock mechanism can be seen. Like most folding knives today, the frame lock is a feature that “locks out” the blade into a fixed position, thereby effectively turning it into a fixed blade knife and preventing the bland from closing accidentally. The frame lock is disengaged by pressing it slightly outward, allowing the blade to be folded back into the frame.

Braza Bro’s blade is quite complex in its feature set. For starters, it is made from heat treated D2 tool steel with a stone washed finish before its edge is ground. The blade’s tip is a Sheepsfoot Blade Mod Sloping Front which helps with tasks that require more of a sharp tip. It has a Drop Point Blade Belly (or cutting edge) which is versatile and easier to sharpen. Along the back of the blade is Harpoon Style Blade Spine that can act as a spot for the thumb or forefinger, giving more precise control when cutting. Finally, it includes Tanto Blade Inspired Grind Lines, which give it a more tactical appearance due to having been drawn from the Tanto style heritage. I found the Braza Bro’s blade to cut quite well for most everyday applications, such as opening boxes or letters, cutting loose threads and slicing fruit or other food at my desk at work.

Before we get into functionality, let’s check out the Braza Bro’s size. As seen above, it really is a small knife; it is probably as large in the open black position as many other folding knives are in the open position. However, I think that its small size is actually a strength in Braza Bro’s case.

The Braza Bro, however, is darn near perfect for me because of its small size. If I want to toss it into the bottom of my pants pocket, no probs. If I want to clip it to the edge of my pocket, not a big deal, because the location of its clip allows the knife to ride low in my pocket without attracting unwanted attention.

Next, let’s talk about the flipper-style deployment of the Braza Bro. Again, like many cutting edge knives today (pun very much intended), the Braza Bro includes a one-handed, rapid deployment feature, in this case, a “flipper.” The Braza Bro’s flipper utilizes a small nub attached to the back side of the blade that protrudes through the frame when the blade is closed. The user places their finger, typically the index finger, on this nub and rapidly flicks the nub downward into the frame, which deploys the black rapidly in a flipping motion. That’s it—no spring, no assist, and not an automatic blade, so it is a manual and generally much safer deployment operation than other knives. The image above and next three below demonstrate this from starting to fully deployed position.

The flipping deployment can take a bit of practice to master, but due to Braza Bro’s solid yet smooth Ceramic Ball Bearing Pivot, it generally doesn’t take long and you are flip-deploying like a pro. In fact, my 15-year-old son, who has little experience with flipper-deploying knives, correctly and fully did it on the first try.

Once the blade has been fully deployed and frame locked, Braza Bro can be held quite securely and comfortably due to its contoured grip which includes a choil or indentation, for the index finger, and your next three fingers fit along the grip’s contour securely. The flipper nub becomes a finger guard for your index finger. And finally, the three spine jumping notches provide a perfect spot for your thumb to sit and give it extra grip and control.

My one and only complain about the Braza Bro is that it seemed to have some debris, grit or grime on a few areas of it right out of the box. I’ve attempted to capture what I am referring to in the image above. However, I am willing to give Bastion the benefit of the doubt on this, considering that this is a product sample that they were very gracious to send to me for review even before the end of their Kickstarter campaign, which is a rare occurrence with crowdfunded items. I’m going to chalk this up to attempting to get this item in my hands as quickly as possible, and I suspect that a final Kickstarter reward item would not have the above-mentioned debris or grit. It just doesn’t seem consistent with otherwise very high quality Braza Bro. Edit: At work today, I showed the Braza Bro to a friend and incredibly, he produced HIS full-sized Bastion Braza from his pocket! What an amazing coincidence! This allowed me to take a few quick comparison pics between the Braza and the Braza Bro:

I really like the Braza Bro EDC folding mini-knife. It is packed with many features of larger knives in a very small size, and because of this is perfect for folks like me who can’t practically carry a larger knife in their EDC kit. I really like its flip-deploying action and pocket clip, and it just looks cool, which is an important factor as well. 🙂 If you are interested in Braza Bro, you may want to move quickly, because as of this writing, the Braza Bro Kickstarter campaign only has about 10 days left (it ends May 31, 2018).