Joe Flowers is the designer of the Brakimo and the owner of Bushcraft Global. Bushcraft Global is a survival school of sorts which takes people of all skill levels into the Amazonian jungle to teach them survival skills. While there, participants get experience in survival and primitive living from indigenous guides and from Joe himself. These skills are not only specific to the jungle. They teach a mindset that will serve people regardless of location. Joe needed a knife that could be the flagship knife of the company, be a great backup to a machete, and even serve as a main camp knife. He designed the Brakimo (pronounced BRAH-key-moe) to fit that need.
The Brakimo has a fairly wide blade profile combined with TOPS’ modified Scandi grind that gives it great cutting and splitting power. The tip narrows dramatically to make it useful for drilling holes for bow-drill fires, blow gun mouth pieces, traps, etc. The simple design is perfect for many different uses. Made with 1095 high carbon steel, it’s easy to maintain the edge while out in the field. TOPS and Joe found through testing on the 2015 Bushcraft Global trip, rust could be mitigated by cleaning and drying it whenever possible. There wasn’t much oil around to keep it oiled and the blade was getting used on a daily basis.
The word Brakimo comes from the Matis language. The Matis is a tribe found in Brazil that was uncontacted by the modern world until 1975-1976. The tribe has a unique way of life that would challenge the survival skills of any survival expert. If you’re lucky enough to participate in a Bushcraft Global adventure, odds are that you’ll get to meet one of these extraordinary people and learn a few of the skills they use in daily jungle life.