The perfect EDC tool is small but mighty! Be prepared for any task that comes your way!
We’re introducing a companion to our popular Braza line of EDC knives.
The Braza Bro mini knife has a gallery of features that can be used to assist you with simple tasks, and big jobs! Ladies and gentlemen, it's not the size of the knife that matters, but how well made, functional and sharp it is.
We didn’t set out to make the best mini pocket/keychain knife ever, it just happened. Mike at Bastion has been designing and making EDC blades and tools for a while, and he really knows what he’s doing. That’s why when I was dissatisfied with all other mini knives, he was the first person I turned to when looking to develop the perfect mini folding EDC knife.
The Braza is his most popular EDC knife, and it lives up to its fame. I love the design of the Braza, but wanted something smaller and lighter. Something that I wouldn’t even know that I was carrying until I needed it.
I talked to Mike about creating a mini knife that is more functional, practical, and ergonomic than any mini knife on the market. A real pocket tool that performs beyond its size.
Through trial and error, we discovered that shrinking the proportions of the Braza created the perfect mini knife. It’s a tool which will make you smile just to hold.
We named it Braza Bro, because it reminds us of the little brother who follows in his older brothers footsteps. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in sharpness and wit.
Braza Bro was born of necessity. An EDC tool that can be carried on your keychain or unnoticed in your pocket, but cuts anything it’s big brother can and still feels great in your hand.
The design allows for a longer usable cutting edge than other EDC knives of similar folded size.
The Best of Four Blade Styles in One
The Braza Bro blade shape is very unique, combining the best features of several different more common designs into one awesome, versatile blade shape. The Braza Bro incorporates the features of these blade styles:
- Drop Point - The belly, or cutting edge, follows a drop point style continuous curve to the tip. This style cutting edge is versatile and easy to sharpen.
- Harpoon - The spine curves up to create a ramp which allows for extra leverage and precise control, as the thumb or forefinger can be placed on the ramp.
- Sheepsfoot - The sloping portion as it approaches the tip is a modified sheepsfoot. Braza Bro has a more gradual slope which leaves a sharper point than a common sheepsfoot. This makes it more versatile for tasks that require a sharp tip.
- Tanto - We borrowed the hard, straight grind lines from the tanto. The grind transition lines are straight and crisp giving the tool a tactical appearance.
Ergonomic Handle Grip
The handle provides an excellent grip fitting in your first 3 fingers. The shape and contour of the handle will ensure that your hand won’t slip.
There’s a choil for the index finger, and a slight recess on the spine of the handle for the thumb to sit on. The blade spine is jimped to provide a non-slip grip for your finger. When in use, the Braza Bro feels much larger than it appears.
Not only is it extremely comfortable to hold and use, it’s also a beautiful knife to behold.
Secure Pocket Clip
The pocket clip is an essential feature that is often left out of mini pocket knives. Braza Bro allows you to choose between pocket clip, keychain, or lanyard carry.
What the Braza Bro lacks in size, it makes up for in features. That's why it's the mightiest mini EDC knife in the world.
- Cutting Edge Length: 2.12” (53.9mm)
- Closed Lenth: 2.75” (70mm)
- Open Length: 4.77" (121.3mm)
- Total Weight: 1.48 oz
- Handle Material: Stainless Steel
- Cutting Steel: D2 Tool Steel - heat treated for optimal edge hardness, strength and durability, stonewashed finish before grinding
- Spine Jimping: Spine is jimped for non-slip finger hold
- Bearing: Ceramic Ball Bearing - buttery smooth opening with no play.
- Hardware: Torx Stainless steel
- Frame-lock: Adds security and strength
- Pocket Clip: Stainless Steel and removable if not needed.
- Keychain and Lanyard Hole
- Manual and Safe Operation: No spring, no assist, not automatic.
D2 Tool Steel Blade
D2 steel is used in popular high-quality EDC tools. D2 is a high carbon and high chromium air hardening steel. The benefits that are offered from D2 steel are excellent wear and abrasion resistance which is provided from its large volumes of carbides in the microstructure. D2 is used in long production cold work applications requiring very high wear resistance and a high compression strength.
Jimping refers to the series of notches on the spine of the blade near the handle. These notches provide increased grip for your finger to improve safety and cutting precision.
The flipper allows for lightning quick, 1 handed deployment. A ball detent holds the blade securely closed, but a quick flick of your finger sends it flying out. Once open, the flipper acts as a finger guard.
The flipper is completely manual in operation. There is no spring and no assist, so the Braza Bro is not automatic. It follows the same manual opening and closing principals as a regular folding, locking knife.
Ceramic Ball Bearings
Ceramic Ball Bearings make the opening action super smooth and have zero play so the blade won’t wobble when cutting. These bearings are more expensive than the commonly used phosphor bronze bushings, but they are totally worth it. You'll be blown away every time you experience how fast the Braza Bro blade flips out, and then feels as solid as a non-folding, fixed blade knife when cutting.
Ceramic Balls are suitable for applications where high loads, high speeds and extreme temperatures are factors. Long life and the need for minimal lubrication make this material appropriate for extreme applications. Ceramic is non-porous, non-magnetic, noncorrosive and lighter than steel. In ball form, ceramic balls are also harder than steel and because ceramic balls are non-porous they are virtually frictionless and capable of spinning faster than steel balls.
Ultra-Strong Frame Lock
The frame lock is an integral part of this the Braza Bro EDC knife. The lock is CNC machined from the frame. It’s secure and easy to release using only one hand.
One-Handed Opening and Closing
The flipper and ceramic ball bearings allow for lightning fast, one-handed opening. The frame lock makes it easy to close one-handed also. The flipper serves double duty and protects your finger when closing.
Manual and Safe Operation
The opening and closing of the Braza Bro are completely manual in operation. There is NO spring and NO assist, so it is NOT automatic. It is the same as a regular folding, locking pocket knife. It will only open with as much force as you can put on the flipper with your finger, so there's no danger of it swinging out unexpectedly.
The cutting edge length is 2.12” (53.9mm), much smaller than normal blade length restrictions (the carry restrictions are usually about 2.5" max length).
A ball detent keeps it closed. Since there is NO spring, the cutting edge can't accidentally spring open in your pocket or on your keychain.
It is up to you to check that local laws allow you to own or carry this tool.
Stainless Torx® Fasteners
Torx® screws and fasteners are recognized by the six-point star design on the head. Created in 1967 these exceptionally secure high-quality fasteners can be found on a wide range of motorcycles, automobiles, and computer systems. Torx® products are known for their ability to prevent screw damage—and enable someone to produce a high amount of torque without causing harm to the product.
Ergonomic Contoured Grip
Small knives can be hard to hold onto, but this is not the case with Braza Bro. The contoured handle provides an excellent grip and fits perfectly in your first 3 fingers when holding it. The flipper acts as a finger guard, preventing your hand from sliding forward onto the cutting edge.
The pocket clip is made of stainless steel and coated the same color as the handle. The pocket clip is very secure, even though it is not deep carry. Only 10% of the Braza Bro sticks above the pocket level when clipped, so you can't accidentally knock it off. If the pocket clip is not needed, it is removable by using a Torx driver to remove the screw.
Keychain and Lanyard Hole
The Braza Bro is the perfect EDC tool to keep on your keychain. The keychain and lanyard hole is more than a drilled hole afterthought as seen on other mini keychain knives. It is purposefully designed into the shape of the handle.
Braza Bro For Carving:
Braza Bro For Paring Food:
Braza Bro For Opening Tough Packages:
Braza Bro for BBQ & Grilling:
Braza Bro for Shredding BBQ Meat
What can you do with 6 Braza Bros? Make some awesome wolverine style meat shredding claws. We even made the blades flip out with the push of a button.
Braza Bro For Sharpening a Pencil:
Braza Bro For Cutting Open Food Packaging:
Braza Bro For Gardening:
Braza Bro For Glamping:
Braza Bro For Bushcraft:
Braza Bro For This:
Braza Bro For That:
Braza Bro For Him:
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Braza Bro for Popping Open a Beer:
Braza Bro for opening pain in the @$$ bag of chips:
Braza Bro for Cutting Those Insanely Annoying Zip Ties on Packaging:
Braza Bro for Slicing and Dicing:
Braza Bro for Starting a Fire:
You can start a fire using only the Braza Bro and a ferrocerium "ferro" rod. Using the jimping on the spine of the Braza Bro, strike the ferro rod to create a shower of sparks that will start dry tinder on fire.
The process of creating the Braza Bro was more than just shrinking the original Braza. We had to go back to CAD and layout the new smaller design.
Everything was miniaturized, from the tiny ceramic ball bearings that make it open so smooth and keep it wiggle free, to the smaller pins, screws and pocket clip.
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We will ship almost anywhere in the world (with the exception of a few countries that have embargos due to some unfortunate messed up political climate).
United Kingdom - We can not ship to anyone under 18 and can not ship to a residential address in the UK. To purchase a Braza Bro from the UK, please email email@example.com and provide the following information:
- Photo of government-issued ID that proves you are 18 or older.
- Commercial shipping address. This could be a post office or other location that accepts and holds packages for pickup. We can not ship to a residential address.
- Shipping will be $15, the same as any other international country. Please select a shipping country other than the UK or US when you pledge. You can enter the correct UK commercial address when you check out after the Kickstarter is over.
All other countries - It is your responsibility for checking your local laws to determine whether you can import or own this pocket tool. We can not be held responsible if the package is confiscated by customs.
Braza Bro may be the brainchild of Mike and Daniel, but it wouldn’t be possible without the help of our dedicated team.
The Braza Bro EDC is an ENGINEERABLE + BASTION GEAR collaboration. It is manufactured and sold by Bastion Gear, who specializes in design and manufacturing of luxury every day carry (EDC) accessories and gear. Engineerable LLC focuses on quality design and manufacturing of products.
Engineerable and Bastion combined have launched 12 successful and timely fulfilled Kickstarters,
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Daniel Bauen - Owner of Engineerable LLC - Engineering, Design and Kickstarter Managment
Daniel brings his creative engineering talent to the table. He makes sure that the product designs are perfect before manufacturing. With the help of Mikes manufacturing prowess, he is able to bring new and innovative EDC too designs to everyone.
Mike Navitsky - Owner of Bastion LLC - Sourcing and Manufacturing
Mike is passionate about creating the best EDC gear. He strives to find the newest materials, technologies and manufacturing processes.
Evgeniy Yakimchuk - Videos and Images
Brian Ellis - Kickstarter setup, video editing, marketing
Susan Hair - Fulfillment manager at Bastion LLC. She takes great care to make sure that all packages are delivered.
Thanks to Green Inbox for their email marketing, cross promotions and newsletters.
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Risks and challenges
BASTION LLC is well established in the EDC (Every Day Carry) community, and has a large number of loyal customers. They sell directly online at their web-store and through many retailers nationwide. All funds from this project are collected directly by BASTION LLC and used for production costs and all other costs related to the campaign. Bastion LLC is responsible for the production and delivery of the campaign rewards. Daniel Bauen and Engineerable LLC are only participating as a consultant in the design and marketing and hosting aspects of the campaign and cannot be held financially responsible.
Delays in production and distribution from our manufacturing source are the most likely issues that we could encounter, but we have a lot of experience in resolving any problems and bringing our products to life.
Bastion LLC has a dedicated fulfillment warehouse on the east coast that provides quick and efficient packaging and shipping to our customers. They use the United States Postal Service (USPS) as their primary delivery source. We cannot control for mail delivery schedules managed by USPS, which could be impacted by weather, transportation, or local facility issues.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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