Brous Blades Mini Division Flipper Knife — Quick Review

Brous Blades Mini Division
Brous Blades Mini Division Flipper knife with a satin finish.

Jason Brous makes superlative knives.  The newest addition to his line is the Mini Division Flipper.  When they arrived here at BladeOps, we of course had to hold them and see how they feel.  One of the guys said, “If I buy a flipper in the next few months, this is the one I want.”  I told him he better move fast because if he waits too long, they will all be gone.

The Mini Division is a mid size flipper that measures 8.3″ long when open.  The name doesn’t come from a diminutive size–rather it comes from the fact that it is about 1.5″ smaller than the Division.  The classic drop point D2 steel blade comes in a variety of blade finishes.  The handle is contoured G10.  And the whole thing screams excellence.

The high hollow ground blade will excel at slicing cuts.  D2 has extremely high resistance to elements as well as stain resistance.  Done properly, D2 will require very minimal maintenance.  Occasional light oiling should be plenty.  The greatest strength of D2 is its ability to cut through harder materials and keep an edge longer.  The weaknesses of D2 are its ability to do heavy chopping or high impact cuts as well as an inability to handle lateral pressures.  This means don’t use the knife to chop or to pry.  Since this knife is obviously not built for chopping or prying–neither of those things should be an issue.  The D2 blade on the Mini Division is going to cut and slice with the best of them–and it will keep an edge for an unbelievably long time.  The blade glides open with a smooth tug on the flipper.  Make it open even faster by flicking your wrist at the same time.  It locks up nice and solid with a chamfered liner lock.  The chamfer removes that sharp edge that can sometimes irritate, scratch and bother on some liner locks.

The Mini Division handle is black G-10 scales on skeletonized liners.  Contoured in all the right places, my favorite part of the handle is the modified finger groove that stretches over the first half (closest to the blade) of the handle.  My forefinger and middle finger nestle into place and get loads of additional grip from sitting between the flipper turned blade guard and the handle curve.  This gives me all kinds of power and grip on pull cuts as well as on thrust cuts.  Heavy jimping runs down the last third of the handle and offers even more purchase for my pinkie finger.

Top all this off with a great deep carry pocket clip and you have a high class, sophisticated every day carry knife that has the kind of attention to detail you demand out of a top flight flipper knife.  Each one carries the serial number engraved on the spine of the blade along with Brous Blades.  Find your favorite Mini Division at BladeOps or any of our other great Brous Blades.



  • 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.

Smith & Wesson M&P Button Lock Folder Knives

Smith and Wesson Knives
Smith and Wesson Knives, Military & Police model 7TS

Just in a couple of new Smith and Wesson Knives.  Part of the Military and Police series, the 7TS and the 8BS are both manual folders.  Built tough and rugged for heavy use, they both utilize a button lock system that keeps the blade where you want it at all times.  The hefty handles are constructed of aluminum with rubber overlays that give you a nice, secure grip on the knife.

What do I love about these two knives?  First, the price point.  At under $30, these two knives are great “bang for you buck”.  Second, with over 3″ blades, you can tackle every job that life throws at you. Plus they have deep carry pocket clips which means you can carry them unobtrusively wherever you need to.

If you are looking for a solid every day carry, check out our full line of Smith and Wesson knives and especially check out the Military and Police Line.


Knife Category: Manual Folder
Blade Style: Drop Point (8BS) or Tanto (7TS), Combo Edge
Action: Manual Side Open
Blade Length: 3.2″
Open Length: 7 5/8″
Closed Length: 4.6″
Handle: Rubber Injected Aluminum
Weight: 3.5 Ounces
Lock Mechanism: Button Lock

Ontario RAT Model 1 Knife

Ontario RAT Model 1
Ontario RAT Model 1 Folder knife

If you’ve never had the chance to check out the Ontario RAT 1 folder knives, you are missing out.  Available with the standard 4 blade variations (satin or black finish, standard or combo edge), the knife has a stainless steel drop point blade that is perfect size (3.5″) for nearly any cutting that needs to be done.  The flat ground blade gives you a maximally sharp edge for serious slicing and cutting.  The handle is an open frame with textured black nylon scales.  The linerlock is solid.  And the RAT Model 1 comes with a true 4 way clip so the knife is equally good for whichever way you want to carry it (right/left, tip up/tip down).

The knife is a Randall’s Adventure and Training design that is built by Ontario Knives.  It is a workhorse of a knife that is durable, strong, and light on the wallet.  Check them out on our site here.

Emerson Roadhouse Knife

Emerson Roadhouse Knife
Emerson Roadhouse Knife

Emerson continues to knock the ball out of the park with their knives.  Each one is built for serious, heavy use.  The Roadhouse knife is no exception.  Consider the black G-10 handle scales.  Built for comfort, grip and durability, the scales have the classic Emerson texture that makes for a solid, anti slip grip.  On the spine of the handle, right close to the blade, there are several jimping ridges that give your thumb a nice, extra solid grip when you choke up on the knife for close cutting work.  The same jimping ridges can be found right where your pinkie finger sits.  All in all, the handle is built for use. An oversized finger groove gives your forefinger a comfortable seat and it keeps your hand from slipping up onto the blade during heavy cuts.  Now let’s look at the 154cm tanto blade.  Built with the patented “wave” feature, with practice you can have the blade open and ready for work as soon as it leaves your pocket.  The tanto shape makes for an extra sturdy blade that is perfect for slicing, slashing, as well as piercing cuts.  The 154cm is going to stay sharp for a long time–which means you can spend more time on the road and less time in your shop getting your knife sharp.  And to top it all off, this knife is made in the USA and carries a limited lifetime warranty.  Check out the Emerson Roadhouse–you’ll be glad you did.


Overall Length 8.9 in.
Blade Length 3.8 in.
Blade Thickness .125 in.
Hardness 57-59 RC
Weight 6.2 oz.
Handles Black G-10 epoxy / glass laminate
Lock Aerospace grade Titanium
Blade 154 CM
Blade Style Tanto, Plain Edge
Finish Black
Grind Conventional V Grind

Cold Steel Code 4 Knives are Here

Cold Steel Code 4 Folder
Cold Steel Code 4 Folder

Just arrived are the Cold Steel Code 4 knives.  The tanto blades with a combo edge arrived a couple of hours ago and are on the website available for purchase.  These utility knives are built with Law Enforcement officers in mind.  Lightweight folders built from quality materials they are knives that you can depend on.  The handles are 6061 gun metal grey anodized aluminum.  The blade is Japanese AUS 8 stainless steel.  The Code 4 line uses the extremely dependable Tri-Ad lock system which almost guarantees your open knife won’t close down on your hand.  Excited for the rest of the variations to show up in the coming days.

Emerson Knives Mini Roadhouse

Emerson Mini Roadhouse
Emerson Mini Roadhouse

If you need a tough folder knife that is built for the roughest of work–you can always rely on an Emerson knife.  The Mini Roadhouse is no exception.  Hard work, heavy duty choppers and late nights is what this little knife is all about.  Built USA tough with G-10 handle scales and a 154cm stainless steel tanto blade, the Mini Roadhouse has attitude that just cannot be corralled.  The blade can be opened easily via the thumb plate or you can use the “wave” feature.  As you pull the knife from your pocket, just snag the “wave” on the edge of your pocket–by the time the knife is clear of your pocket, the blade will have snapped into the fully open position.  It locks up solid with the aerospace grade titanium liner lock and stays ready to take care of whatever cutting needs to be done.  Check out the Mini Roadhouse and find out what all the fuss is about.