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You never know when you might need the aid of a blade, and this knife is the perfect assistant. We’re introducing a companion to our popular Braza line of EDC knives. This blade is small but mighty! With the introduction of this tiny yet amazing knife, there's no longer any excuse not to carry a knife everywhere. Be prepared for any cutting task!

The Braza Bro 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 knives 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 knife.

Mike on the right with the original Braza EDC knife, and Daniel on left with Braza Bro mini knife. I swear that we are holding the knives the same distance from the camera, the size difference creates an optical illusion.
Mike on the right with the original Braza EDC knife, and Daniel on left with Braza Bro mini knife. I swear that we are holding the knives the same distance from the camera, the size difference creates an optical illusion.

The Braza is his most popular 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 knife 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. A knife 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 blade length than other knives of similar folded size.

The Best of Four Blades in One

The Braza Bro blade shape is very unique, combining the best features of several different more common blade designs into one awesome, versatile shape. The Braza Bro incorporates the features of these blade shapes:

  • 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 of the blade 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 of the blade 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 blade. 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 blade 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 spine of the blade is jimped to provide a non-slip grip for your finger. When in use, the Braza Bro feels like a much larger knife than it appears.

Not only is it extremely comfortable to hold and use, it’s also a beautiful knife to behold.

The removable belt clip is an essential feature that is often left out of mini knives. Braza Bro allows you to choose between keychain, lanyard, or pocket clip carry.

                                    

What the Braza Bro lacks in size, it makes up for in features. That's why it's the mightiest mini knife in the world.

  • Blade 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  
  • Blade Steel: D2 Tool Steel - heat treated for optimal edge hardness, strength and durability, stonewashed finish before grinding  
  • Spine Jimping: Blade spine is jimped for non-slip finger hold  
  • Bearing: Ceramic Ball Bearing - buttery smooth opening with no blade 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 a knife blade steel used in popular high-quality knives. 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.

Spine Jimping

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. 

Flipper 

The flipper allows for lightning quick, 1 handed blade deployment. A ball detent holds the blade securely closed, but a quick flick of your finger sends the blade 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 knife is not automatic, and not a switchblade. It follows the same manual opening and closing principals as a regular folding, locking pocket knife. 

Ceramic Ball Bearings

Ceramic Ball Bearings make the opening action super smooth and have zero play so the blade won’t wobble. These bearings are more expensive than the commonly used phosphor bronze knife 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 fixed blade when cutting.  

Look at those tiny ball bearings!
Look at those tiny ball bearings!

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.

Flips out with ease and has zero blade play thanks to the ceramic ball bearings.
Flips out with ease and has zero blade play thanks to the ceramic ball bearings.

Ultra-Strong Frame Lock

The frame lock is an integral part of this the Braza Bro knife. The lock is CNC machined from the frame of the knife. 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 from the blade when closing.

Manual and Safe Operation

The opening and closing of the knife are completely manual in operation. There is NO spring and NO assist, so the knife is NOT automatic, and NOT a switchblade. It is the same as a regular folding, locking pocket knife. The blade 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 blade length is 2.12” (53.9mm), much smaller than normal blade length restrictions (the carry restrictions are usually about 2.5" max blade length).

A ball detent keeps the blade closed. Since there is NO spring, the blade 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 knife.

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 blade.

Pocket Clip

The pocket clip is made of stainless steel and coated the same color as the knife. The pocket clip is very secure, even though it is not deep carry. Only 10% of the knife 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 knife to keep on your keychain. The keychain and lanyard hole is more than a drilled hole after thought as seen on other mini knives. It is purposefully designed into the shape of the knife handle.

                                    

 Braza Bro For Carving:

 Braza Bro For Paring:

 Braza Bro For Opening Tough Packages:

Slice through those tough to open packages.
Slice through those tough to open packages.

 Braza Bro For Cutting:

 Braza Bro For Gardening:

 Braza Bro For Glamping:

Slice open those hot dogs faster than you can roast them.
Slice open those hot dogs faster than you can roast them.

 Braza Bro For This:

 Braza Bro For That:

 Braza Bro For Him:

Carry it on a keychain.
Carry it on a keychain.
Clipped into pocket.
Clipped into pocket.

 Braza Bro For Her:

Braza Bro for Popping a Cap:

Open a beer bottle like a real man or woman. Impress your friends by using the closed blade to pry the cap off. No more chipped teeth thanks to the Bro!
Open a beer bottle like a real man or woman. Impress your friends by using the closed blade to pry the cap off. No more chipped teeth thanks to the Bro!

Braza Bro for opening pain in the @$$ bag of chips:

You know what we're talking about.
You know what we're talking about.

Braza Bro for Cutting Those Insanely Annoying Zip Ties on Packaging:

 Braza Bro for Slicing and Dicing:

When life gives you lemons... Slice and dice them with Braza Bro and make lemon tea.
When life gives you lemons... Slice and dice them with Braza Bro and make lemon tea.

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.

FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!
FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!
                                       
                                       

Fire Starting Kit The first stretch goal is for a fire starting kit. It includes a keychain-sized ferro rod (ferrocerium). The jimped spine of the Braza Bro blade can be used to strike the ferro rod to generate a shower of sparks for starting a 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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GLOBAL SHIPPING

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.We will ship to the UK, but you must send us a direct message, and we will provide instructions on how to proceed. You will need to email a copy of government-issued ID proving you are over 18, and a commercial address to ship to (like a location that receives parcels and holds them for pickup).  

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 knife 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,

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 knife manufacturing prowess, he is able to bring new and innovative knife 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.

We leave you with the infamous words of wisdom from Beavis... Uhhuh, Huh, Huh, Cool, FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!
We leave you with the infamous words of wisdom from Beavis... Uhhuh, Huh, Huh, Cool, FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

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.

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