Brous Blades Parallax Knife Review

Brous Blades Parallax Knife
Brous Blades Parallax Knife

 

When Brous Blades talks about Jason Brous, they say, “Knife making encompasses an amazingly broad spectrum of styles ranging from the purely practical to the whimsical. Most makers getting into the craft tend to start with fairly basic, functional designs and, as their skills develop, get more ambitious and artistic. Jason Brous; however, isn’t like most makers.” He started his efforts in knife making in his early 20s, with the benefit of nearly 10 years of experience in CNC machining. His father owns a shop that specializes in the custom machining of high-precision components, mainly for the medical industry. Jason spent a lot of time in his father’s shop while growing up, and by his id teens was actively helping out with production. His skills and knowledge steadily increased and by the time he was 20 he was a seasoned and very competent machinist. Jason’s interest in knives actually began with art—specifically a style called Bio-mechanical” as practiced by one of his favorite artists, a Brazilian painter and tattooist named Lango. Biomechanical art is a surrealistic style of art that combines elements of machines and robotics with organic animal features.
Intrigued by this style of art and its similarity to many fantasy knives, Jason figured that knife making would be a natural extension of his metalworking skills and an appropriate medium for his artistic ideas. Although he had no specific training in knife making, in 2010 he designed and made his first knife—a fantasy design with a Biomech flavor—and eagerly posted photos of it on several Internet knife forums. Unfortunately for him, his design drew harsh criticism from some all-knowing keyboard commandos. However, fortunately for us, he turned that criticism into fierce determination which ultimately led to his success.

Though persistent trial and error, Jason changed his style of knife design to focus on functional simplicity, while still maintaining a strong artistic signature. His early successes came in the form of a series of stout neck knives with dual finger-hole grips. Fans of these “Silent Soldier” neck knives began asking for other expressions of the design. Since then, Jason has created numerous variations including a clip point version, a tanto version and the very popular folder version called the Silent Soldier Flipper.

Today, we will be going over the Brous Blades Parallax Acid Stonewash flipper knife, with a D2 blade.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this exceptional everyday carry knife is made out of D2 steel. This is a tool steel that is often used in industrial settings. This steel has very high hardness and relatively high toughness, which does make it the perfect choice for a knife steel. Because this still is so much harder than similar steels, it holds its edge much better. Unfortunately, this also makes it exponentially harder to sharpen. In almost all cases, you will require a master sharpener to get a fine edge on this blade. D2 steel is technically not a stainless steel, because it falls just short of the required chromium percentage, but it is still very corrosion resistant. So corrosion resistant that it is actually often referred to as a semi stainless steel. This steel also sports excellent wear resistance. This steel has made its mark in the history of knife steels, because it has been around for over 20 years. All of these characteristics make it the perfect option for your everyday carry blade, because it will be tough enough to take on the tough tasks that you encounter in your day to day life and it is pretty low maintenance. This steel is hard and tough enough that you shouldn’t encounter chipping or breaking very often at all. And, because it sports the acid stonewash finish, this blade looks extremely rugged.

The acid stonewash has a few names that it is called, but it is essentially a darker stonewash than what you are used to. This finish, as well as the classic stonewash finish are created by tumbling the blade in an abrasive material. This finish works to easily hide scratches, while also providing you with a less reflective nature than a brushed or satin finish blade. Surprisingly, there is actually a wide variety of stonewashed finishes due to the variety of abrasive shape, tumbling motion, and even the type of finish the blade has previously had. The acid stonewash is a blade that has had an acid treatment that darkens the blade before it undergoes stonewashing. Not only does it give you a very cool look, it actually enhances the blade’s rust resistance by placing a stable oxide barrier between the steel and the environment. While the regular stonewashed finish is already very low maintenance and already works to preserve the original look of the blade overtime; an acid stonewash finish is like a stonewash finish on steroids. This finish is extremely low maintenance because it will hide the scratches and smudges that a blade accumulates over time. This means that you are going to have to polish the blade less often. And, you have a rugged, well-worn, textured blade. You really can’t go wrong with this finish.

The blade on this knife has been carve into a drop point blade shape. This is just about the most popular blade shape that is used for EDC knives today. Also, the drop point is for sure the most commonly available pocket knife blade type on the market right now. To form the shape, the unsharpened back of the blade follows a long and slight curved downward form its base toward the point. The belly, or edge, follows a similar but slightly more pronounced slope upward toward the point. Because of this shape, the blade has a long and easy to maintain cutting surface and does feature a fairly sharp point. Although, this point is probably not fine enough to have full stabbing or piercing capabilities. This blade shape is so popular for good reason: it is one of the easiest shapes to use and to maintain.

This knife does have a high, hollow grind and plain edge. A hollow grind is one of the most common grinds where a convex hollow is removed from both sides of the edge. It produces a very sharp edge, but being so thin, the edge is going to be more prone to rolling or to damage than some of the other grinds. This grind makes it unsuited to heavy chopping or cutting hard materials. Because it is a plain edge, this knife is going to be able to take on a wide variety of everyday tasks.

The blade itself has been perfectly designed for your next everyday carry blade. It is rugged, strong, tough, and ready to accompany you throughout your life. This blade is not going to let you down when you rely on it.

 

The Handle:
 The handle on the Parallax is made out of titanium. Titanium is extremely durable and tough, and for how sturdy this metal is, it’s crazy lightweight. However, this is also the most expensive common metal that can be used in knife handles. This material offers one of the highest resistances to corrosion and it is not going to bit into your hand as strongly as aluminum would, because titanium doesn’t conduct and retain cold as much as aluminum. This is perfect if you were hoping to use this knife in the colder months, while aluminum would feel too bitter. Even though this material is so tough, it is actually more prone to scratching than stainless steel. You will probably see titanium being advertised as the perfect metal, but it is still for from indestructible, and you have to keep that in mind.

The handle has also been finished with an acid stonewash to match the handle and to give this knife a more unified look. Because of each part of the knife being finished with an acid stonewash, you have a very tough looking knife on your hands.

One of my favorite features about this blade is that the handle and the blade almost look like they are doing the wave. The handle is very curved, just like the blade. In fact, it almost looks like the handle is an upside down drop point. Because of the extreme curves, your grip is going to be secure and comfortable. There is an extremely elongated finger groove to give you a place to rest your fingers comfortably. To keep your fingers safe, this knife does sport a finger guard when the blade is opened. There are a couple of raised portions of the handle to provide you with the grip that is need while going about your everyday tasks.

 

The Pocket Clip:

The pocket clip has a very slim profile and has been attached for tip up carry only. This clip has also been acid stonewashed and has “Brous Blades” stamped down he length. All of the hardware on this knife also matches blends in, being a dark charcoal. Although the clip is slimmer than some that you would find, it is going to keep your knife very secure inside of your pocket.

 

The Mechanism:

This knife is a flipper knife with a very solid frame lock locking mechanism.

The flipper mechanism is a very straightforward and loved opening mechanism. There is a portion of the blade that juts out of the handle when the blade is closed. This piece of metal looks like a shark’s fin coming out of the handle. You manually pull back on this piece and it flips the knife open until it locks into place with the frame lock. This mechanism is an alternative to the thumb stud and many people love it because once the blade has been opened, the flipper doesn’t get in the way like a stud would. In fact, the flipper actually falls perfectly in place to act as a finger guard. One of the other main benefits of a flipper mechanism versus a thumb stud or hole is that the flipper keeps your fingers out of the way of the blade during the entire opening process. If you are at all worried about keeping your fingers intact, I would highly recommend the flipper mechanism.

The frame lock mechanism operates similarly to a liner lock, except that the lock is a tensioned part of the handle frame with an open channel. When the blade opens, the frame lock moves into the handle opening and locks against the blade. Pushing this piece to the left will release it from its locked position so that you can close the blade.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this knife measures in at 3.75 inches long. The handle on this knife measures in at 5 inches long, with an overall length of 9 inches long. The Parallax weighs in at 4.9 ounces. This knife was also made in the United States of America.

 

Conclusion:

The Brous Blades Parallax flipper features elegant 3-D machined titanium handle scales with an integrated flipper for quick deployment that keeps your fingers safe throughout the entire opening process. This model features Jason Brous’s iconic acid stonewash finish all throughout the knife and the D2 tool steel used on the Parallax offers a drop point profile with a high hollow grind for an incredibly razor sharp edge right from the start. These features make this the perfect knife for your next EDC because the blade is tough enough to take on the unexpected situations, but looks good enough to be a constant accessory. The frame lock design and reinforced steel insert offers a solid lock up–exactly what you would expect from any Brous Blades knife. The ultra-slim profile of the pocket clip is designed for tip-up carry only. This knife is one of a limited run of 250. So come pick up your Brous Blades Acid Stonewash Parallax Flipper Knife with a D2 blade today at BladeOps. You couldn’t ask for a more equipped every day carry knife to accompany you throughout your adventures.

 

Brous Blades Limited Edition Zombie Coroner Fixed Blade Knife Review

Brous Blades Limited Edition Zombie Coroner Fixed Blade
Brous Blades Limited Edition Zombie Coroner Fixed Blade

Jason Brous knows that he is not like most knife makers. Although he was still in his early 20s, Brous began his efforts in knife making with the benefit of nearly 10 years of experience in CNC machining. His father owned a shop that specializes in the custom machining of high-precision components, mainly for the medical industry.

Jason spent a lot of time in his father’s shop while growing up, and by his mid-teens was actively helping out with production. His skills and knowledge steadily increased and by the time he was 20 he was a seasoned and very competent machinist.

Jason’s interest in knives actually began with art—specifically a style called “Bio-mechanical”—as practiced by one of his favorite artists, a Brazilian painter and tattooist named Lango. Biomechanical art (also called Biomech) is a surrealistic style of art that combines elements of machines and robotics with organic animal features. Intrigued by this style of art and tis similarity to many fantasy knives, Jason figured that knife making would be a natural extension of his metalworking skills and an appropriate medium for his artistic ideas. Although he had no specific training in knife making, in 2010 he designed and made his first knife—a fantasy design with a Biomech flavor—and eagerly posted photos of it on several Internet knife forums. Unfortunately for him, his design drew harsh criticism from some all-knowing keyboard commandos. However, fortunately for us, he turned that criticism into fierce determination which ultimately led to his success.

Through persistent trial and error, Jason changed his style of knife design to focus on functional simplicity, while still maintaining a strong artistic signature. His early successes came in the form of a series of stout neck knives with dual finger-hole grips. Fans of these “Silent Soldier” neck knives began asking for other expressions of the design. Since then, Jason has created numerous variations including a clip point version, a tanto version and the very popular folder version called the Silent Soldier Flipper.

Today we are going to be discussing the Brous Blades Limited Edition Zombie Coroner Fixed blade.

 

The Blade:

The blade on this knife is made out of D2 tool steel. This is considered a high-end steel and is often known as being “semi-stainless.” This just means that the steel provides a really high level of resistance to corrosion, but it does fall short of the required amount of chromium to qualify as full stainless steel. D2 steel is also much harder than other high end steels such as 154CM or ATS-34 and because of it being harder, it does hold its edge better than those two other steels. But, because it is a harder steel, it does lose out on some of its toughness and this steel does prove hard to sharpen. It’s not just tricky to sharpen it, you’re probably going to need a master-sharpener to actually get a fine edge on this knife.

The blade finish is what gives this knife its name: it has been finished with a Zombie Green coating that features red splatter to look like blood. Coatings definitely give you some serious benefits. For starters, because they create a barrier between the steel and the environment, the ability to withstand rust and wear is significantly improved. And, coatings are completely matte which isn’t something that you are going to find in a lot of other knife finishes. However, coatings aren’t super high quality when it comes to how long they are going to stay on the blade. Many of the other blade finishing options involve actually changing the steel itself, but a coating is just applied onto the blade. Because of this, after continuous use or even just heavy use, the coating is going to scratch off. Once the coating has scratched off, you are going to need to have it reapplied if you wish to keep the same benefits. One of the last benefits of coatings that stands out on this particular Brous Blade is that you can get a very wide variety of colors.

The blade itself has been carved into a spear point blade shape with a thick chainsaw pattern milled onto the spine of the blade. A spear point blade shape is often compared to a needle point blade because they are both so good at piercing. But, a spear point actually has the stronger point out of the two and it does contain a small belly that adds a little something that the needle point blade does not give you. The spear point is a symmetrically pointed blade with a point that is in line with the center line of the blade’s long axis. Both edges of the knife rise and fall equally to create a point that lines up exactly with the equator of the blade. The spear point has a strong point that is still tough enough to be used to stab and pierce. And because it does have a lowered point, it is easily controllable and can be used for fine tip work if needed. One of the major benefits about a spear point blade that the needle point blade does not have is that a spear point blade does contain a small belly which can be sued for some cutting and slicing applications. But, if you are seeking a blade specifically for the belly, you should look more towards a drop point blade or a clip point blade style, because the spear points’ belly is relatively small. The spear point blade is a fantastic hybrid design that gives you a good balance between piercing and slicing while combining the sharp point that you find on a dagger with the strength of the tip that you like in your drop point blades. All of this, and it even gives you a small belly; it’s hard to go wrong with a spear point blade shape.

The blade one this knife has been ground with a hollow grind. The hollow grind is a common grind where a convex hollow is removed from both sides of the edge. This results in a sharp edge, but it also results in a thinner edge, so it might be more prone to damage.

 

The Handle:

This is a full tang knife, which means that the steel of the blade extends clear down to the butt of the handle. This is a huge advantage on a fixed blade knife because it increases the toughness of the knife tenfold. This is because there is no weak spot where the handle and the blade have been melded together. And, if the handle scales happen to break, you actually are left with a fully working knife. If you are looking for a very strong fixed blade, a full tang is the way to go.

The handle scales are made out of black G10. G10 is the common term that you get when your knife handle is made out of a grade of fiberglass composite laminate. This material is made in a very different way when compared to carbon fiber, but they offer very similar properties. G10 is resistant to corrosion and rust, which keeps maintenance time down significantly. G10 is also easily textured and because of this it offers fantastic grip. Unfortunately, G10 does tend to be on the more brittle side and does not resist impact well. One of the other drawbacks to a G10 handle is that it does resemble a plastic in look and feel; it does not have a ton of character behind it.
The handle has some heavy texturing, so you aren’t going to have to worry about this knife slipping out of your hand in any environment. And, to keep your fingers comfortable and safe, there are three finger grooves to grip the handle better. The first two are deeper and rounder, the third is more shallow and elongated.

 

The Mechanism:

The Zombie Coroner is a fixed blade—and a massive one at that. There are a couple of things about fixed blades that people either love or hate. The biggest one is that fixed blades are huge. The blades are thicker, longer, and sturdier than a pocket knife. Some people don’t appreciate this fact because it is harder to conceal a fixed blade than a pocket knife, but with this knife, I don’t think anyone would be trying to conceal it.

Because they are so much bigger, they are tougher, more durable, and more likely to last through life without too much care. This knife would make an excellent survival knife because it is so thick and long that you could easily use it for things other than cutting; such as digging, prying, hammering, hunting, and even first aid.

Like I mentioned, fixed blades need much less care throughout their life and the care that they do need is more simple to pull off. Because there are no inner mechanisms, moving parts, or small pieces, cleaning this knife is going to much easier than your typical pocket knife. Instead of worrying about all of the inner pieces or taking apart your knife to truly get it clean and then having to worry about losing a part or putting it back together, all you have to do with this knife is wipe it down and oil the blade every once in a while.

The last benefit of using a fixed blade is that it can be brought into a tactical situation faster than a folding knife could. All you have to do is unsheathe it and you are ready to go.

 

The Sheath:

The sheath that is included with this knife is a Kydex sheath that has a belt loop for side carry. Kydex is a thermoplastic acrylic-polyvinyl chloride material that is often used in sheaths and holsters. This is a much more modern material, which does carry its advantages. For starters, it’s waterproof. This material can be submerged in saltwater and still maintain its quality. Kydex is also scratch resistant, so you can take it with you on any adventure and not have to worry about the sheath becoming destroyed. It also won’t stretch or shrink over time—Kydex sheaths are crazy durable and will hold up very well when expose to different environments. Plus, they are super low maintenance and require very little attention.

But, not any material is without its disadvantages. For starters, Kydex sheaths are very noisy and have a snapping sound when you are putting your blade back into the sheath. Some people have a satisfaction that comes with this sound, but others hate it, because the sound is going to draw attention to your and your massive knife. The biggest disadvantage about using a Kydex sheath is that after repeatedly withdrawing and replacing your knife in the sheath will end up dulling the blade’s edge.

 

The Specs:

The blade on this fixed blade measures in at 6.25 inches long, with a cutting edge that measures in at 5.9 inches long. The overall blade thickness on this knife measures in at a quarter of an inch. The overall length of this knife measures in at a whopping 11.25 inches long—almost an entire foot of pure aggression! This knife weighs in at 12.6 ounces, so definitely one of the heavier knives that you are going to come across.

 

Conclusion:

The Brous Blades Limited Edition Zombie Coroner features a broad hollow ground blade for aggressive hacking and slicing.  The full tang zombie green with red splatter finished D2 blade is built for heavy cuts and sports a chainsaw pattern milled deep into the blade spine.  The deep swedge adds penetrating power to this spear point chopper.  With aggressive jimping on the spine and a large finger guard, the Coroner gives you a solid grip.  Thick, textured G-10 slabs along with deep finger grooves add to your grip.  Comes with a custom Kydex sheath and belt loop for side carry. Come pick up your Brous Blades Limited Edition Zombie Coroner Fixed Blade knife today at BladeOps.

Brous Blades G10 Silent Soldier Flipper Knives

Brous Blades G10 Silent Soldier
Brous Blades G10 Silent Soldier with Acid Stonewash FInish

The Brous Blades Silent Soldier Flippers with G10 handle scales are here. The Silent Soldier design has been delighting knife users for several years and now, for the first time, it is available with G10 handle scales. Available with Satin, Stonewash, Acid Stonewash and the Blackout finishes, this fast opening flipper is the perfect EDC knife.  Light enough to not drag down your pocket or clutter up your precious Pocket Real Estate, it still manages to deliver serious cutting power with a D2 blade in the Wharncliffe style.  The 7/8″ finger hole allows you to grip up on the blade for precision work or keep a solid grip on it when that becomes critical.  Check them out here on our website.  These knives deliver like a custom knife but the price is definitely in the production range.  The blade snaps open with a quick press on the spine flipper.  The chunky handle is chamfered just perfect for a comfortable, yet secure grip.  Each one bears a serial number which can be found on the inside edge of the handle.  Only 1000 were produced.

Brous Blades 2nd Generation Silent Soldier Neck Knife Review

Brous Blades Silent Soldier
Brous Blades Silent Soldier

Doing an inventory last week and we found these sweet neck knives from Brous Blades that never made it into our inventory for some reason.  So, in light of the fact we found 12 of them, I decided to review this knife.  Brous Blades hit the knife market with a bang a couple years back and hasn’t stopped wowing his followers ever since.  The very first knives of his that we carried were Silent Soldier neck knives.

After the first run of these popular neck knives sold out, he decided to make a few adjustments to the design and came out with the 2nd Generation of Silent Soldier neck knives.  This V1 style features a Wharncliffe style blade along with two finger holes and an extended finger choil for your finger.

There are actually 7 different grips with which you can hold the Silent Soldier V1 knife. Built from one machined piece of D2 tool steel, this every day carry tool allows you to get nearly any cutting done as well as doubling as a formidable self defense tool.  It comes in a kydex sheath with a belt clip, but if you remove the belt clip, you can attach the included black bead neck chain and carry it around your neck.

Built with the attention to detail you would expect from any Brous product, the handle has small patches of jimping right where you need them to get a nice, solid grip on the knife.  It also has the Brous Blades name on the spine–which I think makes a really nice neck knife into a classy, really nice neck knife.

If you want a neck knife that will last for generations with proper care, get the Brous Blades Neck Knife.  You can find all of our current stock here on our website.

Here is a nice video comparing the V1 from Generation 1 and Generation 2.  The video depicts the satin finished version instead of the black finished version we have in stock–but the style is the same.

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

  •  Overall Length: 4.625″
  • Blade Length: 2.33″
  • Blade Thickness: .187″
  • Blade: Steel: D2
  • Blade Type: Wharncliffe Fixed Blade
  • Sheath: Kydex
  • Grind: V
  • Weight: 1.4 oz.

Brous Blades Silent Soldier Gen 3 Flipper Knife Review — Snapshot Review

Brous Blades Silent Soldier 3
Brous Blades Silent Soldier 3 with acid stonewash finish.

Brous Blades has just released their 3rd Generation Silent Soldier flipper knives.  This popular flipper boasts a D2 tool steel blade with a high utility Wharncliffe blade style.  The blade has a double swedge, aggressive thumb jimping on the spine, and a 7/8″ finger hole so you can control the blade however you decide to hold it.  The blade opens ultra smooth on a ball bearing system.  Lock up is tight–just like you would expect from one of Jason Brous’ blades.  The handle is built from skeletonized stainless steel liners with scales of twill weave carbon fiber.  The stainless steel spacer has the BROUS BLADES stamp on it. Each knife bears an individual serial number from 1 to 500 on the inside edge of the back spacer.   Deep carry pocket clip.  The knife comes in a great hard snap case with padded interior.  This is a top quality, collector grade knife.

The great thing about Brous Blades is although they exhibit collector grade quality, they are built for heavy use–if that is what you are looking for.  Each one is built from the very best materials and with an attention to detail that is seldom found in any product.  The D2 blade is going to take a great edge.  And it will keep that edge under hard and heavy use.  The handle is built for comfort and control.  Based on the geometry and style of the handle, this little flipper knife is designed so that you can hold it in a variety of positions–depending on your intended use.  A fantastic defensive tool, the Gen 3 Silent Soldier is also the kind of EDC that is going to look good wherever you happen to be.  Check them out here on our website.  Let me know what you think of yours down below.


SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • Overall Length: 6.375″
  • Blade Length: 2.5″ (Blade Tip to Handle)
  • Cutting Edge: 2.1″
  • Blade Thickness: 3/16″
  • Blade Material: D2
  • Liner Material: Stainless
  • Handle Material: Carbon Fiber
  • Closed Length: 3.65″
  • Weight: 4.2 oz.
  • Finish: Acid Stonewash