The biggest headliner at Blade 2016 might have been Columbia River Knife & Tool’s Homefront with “field strip” technology. More than a decade in the making, the Homefront is a folding knife that allows the user to — yes, you guessed it — field strip the knife!
Yeah, “big deal,” you’re saying. Well, it is, if you think about it. First off, most manufacturers will void your warranty if you take apart your folding knife. Second, even with the few manufacturers that encourage users to take apart their folders, (Chris Reeve, for example), doing so can be a bit tricky as the knife is composed of multiple small parts that are very easy to lose. I know from experience. I lost the back spacer on my Chris Reeve Sebenza 21 after disassembling it. Ugh. Now I have to order a new one.
With the Homefront, the user doesn’t have that problem as the knife breaks down into three large parts. The two aluminium handles and the blade. Pretty cool, huh?
- Overall Length: 8.313 inches
- Closed Length: 4.728 inches
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Blade Length: 3.502 inches
- Blade Thickness: 0.133 inches
- Blade Material: AUS 8
- HRC: 57-58
- Blade Finish: Brushed Steel
- Blade Edge: Plain
- Handle Material: 6061 Aluminum
- Lock Type: Locking Liner
- MSRP: $150
It’s super easy, too. Step 1: Slide front release lever up to disengage. Step 2: Rotate release wheel clockwise to loosen handle. Step 3: Pull knife apart. No tools required. Cleaning the interior of your knife has never been so easy!
I had the gentleman at the CRKT booth demonstrate just how easy it is. See the video above.
While you might think this technology would come at a premium, it doesn’t. Like most CRKT knives, the blade is reasonably priced at $150. It will be available starting in July 2016.
For more information, make sure you check out the CRKT website.