Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) has just released their new Homefront knife at the Annual Blade Show in Atlanta, Georgia taking place this weekend. The knife is specifically designed to honor America’s military service members, and his a part of the company’s “Forged By War” program. The Homefront does not require military service to own, but can be a fine addition to anyone’s collection or as an every-day-carry (EDC) knife. As we’ve mentioned before, the BlueSheepDog Crew are big fans of CRKT and have found several of their knife offerings to be top-notch and high quality knives.
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CRKT Homefront Knife
The CRKT Homefront™ knife takes on a classic folder appearance, while being the first knife to incorporate CRKT’s latest innovation with Field Strip Technology. This in-field, tool-less feature allows the user to take apart the hard used and grimy knife in the field, wash it out thoroughly, and return the knife to full use in minutes. No tools are necessary, and the process of break-down and re-set is very simple.
The breakthrough, patent pending “Field Strip” innovation comes from world-renowned knife maker Ken Onion, and has been in the making for over ten years. The Homefront™ is disassembled when the knife is in the closed position. The user then pushes the front release lever away from the blade, and spins the turn release wheel on the rear of the handle away from the pivot shaft. Once the user feels the handle release, the handle pieces can be pulled up and away from the blade. This provides three main pieces that can be cleaned, oiled, or polished easily. Reassembly is as easy as reversing the procedure.
Below is a YouTube video on the field strip process for the CRKT Homefront.
From his shop in Kaneohe, HI, Ken Onion designed the Homefront™ knife to stay true to its vintage military roots with a unique WWI heirloom appearance. The bayonet lug-style flipper sets off the smooth open action of the 3.5″ modified drop point blade, while tank jimping on the backstrap sits snugly against your palm.
Each handle piece has a unique design mimicking a tire tread. The spine of the handles has a tank tread The manual flipper is designed and inspired to reflect on the bayonet lug so often used during the “War to End All Wars”. In the muddy mess of trench warfare, the bayonet, knife, and other tools were as often used as rifles and machine guns.
CRKT Homefront Features
- AUS-8 Stainless steel blade
- 6061 Aluminum handle
- Locking Liner
- Field Strip Technology
- Tip up pocket carry clip.
CRKT Homefront Specifications
- Blade Material: AUS-8 stainless steel
- Handle Material: 6061 aluminum
- Overall Open Length: 8.313 inches
- Closed Length: 4.728 inches
- Blade Length: 3.502 inches
- Blade Thickness: 0.133 inches
- Blade Type: Modified drop point
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Blade Hardness: HRC 57-58
- Blade Finish: Brushed steel
- Blade Edge: Plain
- Lock Type: Locking liner
- Special Feature: Field Strip Technology
- MSRP: $150.00.
This new CRKT Homefront knife is a very attractive knife with a really unique field strip feature. Getting down into the nooks and crannies is particularly difficult on most knives, even those with open handles. This new feature will likely become a big hit for CRKT, and one mimicked by other knife makers.
The $150.00 MSRP is a bit steep in my opinion. Although this knife has innovative, patent-pending technology, looks very impressive, and is made from top-notch materials I just don’t think the Homefront should be so expensive. I would have rather seen a price somewhere in the $49.99 to $79.99 range. Thankfully, Amazon.com already has a CRKT Homefront for $93.00 and Free Shipping, so at least that is a significant savings.