Jason Brous has really built a name for himself in the knife community over the last few years with some really sleek looking knives. The Brous Blades Division flipper is one example of his classy designs. The Division is a clean design that bears a unique aesthetic, solid performance and innovative styling. It is offered in two sizes: Full-Size and Mini. Jason also offers these knives in three different finishes: Satin, Stonewash, and Blackout. Here is a better rundown on the specs…
Brous Blades Division
Overall Length: 9.8″
Blade Length: 4.37″
Blade Thickness: 3/16″
Blade Material: D2
Handle Material: Carbon Fiber
Closed Length: 5.795″
Weight: 5.73 oz.
Production Run – 250 Pieces
Brous Blades Mini-Division
Overall Length: 8.3″
Blade Length: 3.5″
Blade Thickness: 3/16″
Blade Material: D2
Handle Material: Black G10
Closed Length: 5″
Weight: 5.5 oz.
Production Run – 1000 Pieces
The blade on both knives is a drop-point with a high hollow grind which provides a very keen edge. The blade is constructed out of D2 steel which Jason uses in all of his knives if I’m not mistaken? Rumor is he is doing some testing with S35VN but I haven’t seen any knives released from Brous using that steel…. yet.
I really like the high hollow grind on these Divisions for a number of reasons:
1. Performance. The high hollow grind with thin edge results in superior slicing performance.
2. Maintenance. From what I’ve experienced on my edge pro; hollow grinds are easier to sharpen.
3. Aesthetics. It looks very menacing! When you pull this knife out infront of your friends you’ll definitely get compliments.
Despite being called “mini” it’s still a 3.5″ blade which ranks up there with most “large” EDC knives on the market. And the full-size Division is a behemoth at 4.3″. Both blades are 3/16″ thick and go to a very acute tip which is great for piercing. Don’t let the size of either knife mislead you into thinking they are slow when deploying the blade. That’s simply not the case! Both models utilize a integrated flipper for quick blade deployment on a ball bearing pivot system. These things are smooth and FAST!!!
The handles on both Brous Division knives are very appealing. The full-size Division is offered with beautiful carbon fiber handles while the mini-division is offered with 3D contoured G10 handles. The ergonomics on both models are very accommodating to the hand. The jimping on the backspine of the blade is almost useless on both models since it’s flush with the backspine of the handle. However it does give the transition between the blade and handle a more aggressive look. The jimping on the underside of the handle (shown in above picture) is very well done on both models.
Moving on to the inner construction of the handles. The liners are different between the two models. The full-size model uses titanium liners while the mini-division uses stainless steel liners. The liners on both models are skeletinized for weight savings. The handles on both models are held together using beautiful stainless steel pillar standoffs. On the back of both models there is a small tab for looping a lanyard through. I tried to route some 550 paracord through it without the inner-strands and found it rather challenging but certainly doable. Topping everything off is beautiful stainless steel hardware which really goes well with the rest of the knife. The blackout and stonewash versions use satin black hardware.
Both models utilize the same pocket clip design which is a reversible, deep carry, tip-up pocket clip. The clip holds the knife in place without any movement of pocket shredding. Getting the knife in and out of the pocket is executed swiftly!
My final conclusion on the Brous Blade Division’s: If you are looking for cutting edge cutlery and you want it to be large, the Brous Blades Division is a model you should put high on your list. I have a hard time deciding which one I like better; Even though it’s called the mini it is still on the larger side. It does carry well in most EDC applications. The full-size version while performs great, it can sometimes be a bit much for a EDC knife due to it’s overall size. The D2 steel used on both models is a great steel and has great edge retention. The flipper on both models is perfectly placed. You can either preload down on the flipper or swipe your finger back like a light switch for easy deployment of the blade. Another thing I really like alot of Jason’s knives is the fact that they aren’t all bill boarded up with his business logos, steel types etc.. Many knife makers just go overboard on that and it really takes away from the aesthetics of the knife I think.
My only dislikes – and these are personal dislikes. I don’t care much for the lanyard tab. I find it’s much easier to just loop the lanyard around the pocket clip.
I think the price on the mini-division is a little on the high side. I would have liked to seen it priced somewhere in the $250 to $275 range. Or carbon fiber scales instead of the G10 at the current $300 price tag. But I understand Jason being a smaller operation shop his prices are a little higher since he isn’t turning out hundreds of knives a day. He does small runs on his models which people are willing, and do, pay more for. The full-size version I think is a sweet deal though. You get beautiful sculpted carbon fiber handles, a bearing system and a 4.3″ blade all for under $400 bucks to your door! Can’t beat that!
The full-size version has a very limited run of only 250 pieces and the mini version is a 1000 piece run. I got both of mine from eBay. These guys do a great job at offering the best prices and even do free shipping too! I promise you won’t be disappointed!