Columbia River Knife & Tool announced a broad slate of new knives for 2017. Among these new offerings are a line of Ken Onion designed knives called the Homefront. These knives feature the company’s new Field Strip technology that was developed by Onion.
In simple terms, the Field Strip technology gives you an easy way to disassemble your folding knifewithout any tools. This allows you to quickly clean a folder that was dropped into a mud puddle or that has been used for skinning game.
To break a knife down, you push the locking lever up while the blade is in the closed position. Then you rotate the small wheel in a clockwise direction until the handles separate. Reassembly is merely the reverse of disassembly.
There are four knives that are part of the Homefront line:
The EDC version of this knife has a blade that is about .4″ longer, but with the glass reinforced nylon handles, it is actually 0.5 ounces lighter at 4.3 ounces.
Why would anyone want a knife like this? Folding knives are notoriously tough to clean out in the field. Sure, many designs, including those with open handles, try to mitigate the amount of detritus that gets stuck in the moving parts. But thorough cleaning usually requires a complete teardown, which involves tools and small screws.
The new CRKT Homefront solves that problem.
Coming from the innovative mind of Ken Onion, the Homefront is the first knife to use the patent-pending technology. Here’s how it works according to a press release from CRKT:
To disassemble the Homefront™ when it’s in the closed position, push the front release lever away from the blade, then spin the turn release wheel on the rear of the handle away from the pivot shaft—once you feel the handle release, pull it up and away from the blade. Reassembly is as easy as reversing the procedure, allowing for practical, quick maintenance in any environment.
While this is a unique knife I’m looking forward to, the concept of a strippable knife is not necessarily original. The Zenaida from Keonig Knives won the Most Innovative American Design award at BLADE Show 2015 for its ability to come apart without any tools. It uses a dovetail mechanism
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