CRKT Homefront Pocket Knife Review

Superb Build and Flawless Performance, Coupled with the Unique Field Strip Technology Turns this Pocket Knife into a Modern Classic in the Making.

CRKT Homefront Pocket Knife

CRKT Homefront Pocket Knife



Every once in a while something new comes to market that really catches your attention. Such is the case with the CRKT Homefront Folding Pocket Knife. According it it's designer, Ken Onion, it harkens back to the classic folding knife of WWI. While I haven't seen any WWI examples that validate the design, the Homefront is certainly a handsome knife that does have an unmistakable military aura. This is especially evident in the colour of the handle and the inclusion of an Army star for the pivot cover. At approximately 4-3/4" long (closed) and 4.8 ounces in weight, you'll likely find the Homefront is a tad on the largish size. Fully opened it reaches just over 8", about as long as I'd want in a folder. Any longer and you might as well have a fixed blade knife. 

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Handle:

The textured handle is made from 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum that's been hard anodized (Type 3) in a ubiquitous army olive-green finish. The shape and texture provide a positive grip, and the knife feels very solid in the hand. You can't attach a lanyard to the Homefront, but it does have a decent size carry clip, in black, that affixes securely to belt or pocket.

As you can see in the photo above there is a flipper just back of the choil that also serves as a finger guard. I suppose the design is meant to resemble a bayonet lug – in keeping with the military theme of the knife. Atop the handle is a row smooth notches (jimping) that helps to keep your thumb from sliding forward when using the knife, and gives a bit of extra blade control.

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Blade:

I personally like the hefty hollow ground blade with its drop-point design. The cutting edge is ground thin and comes super sharp, ready to use. It's made from a serviceable AUS 8 stainless steel, and has a lustrous satin finish. AUS 8 is a mid-range blade steel in terms of quality and performance, hardened to RC 56 to 58. I suppose it's considered a 'general-purpose' steel, as it has reasonably good edge holding ability, is easy to sharpen, and has good rust and corrosion properties. However, for a premium knife at this price point, I would have expected a higher quality steel. 

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Innovative Field-Strip Technology:

We now get to what really distinguishes the Homefront – the unique 'Field-Strip' technology. It enables you to take the knife apart without tools in a matter of seconds so you can easily clean the knife without having to resort to tools or workbench. And, there are no small parts to lose. In the middle of the photo above you can see the stainless steel lock bar inset into one of the scales (handle sides), and a Teflon washer on the blade stud (there is also a washer on the opposite scale). The washes are press fitted and don’t fall out when you disassemble the knife.

So, who will benefit from this feature. Basically anyone who works or plays in dirt, dust, or grime – paramedics, construction workers, renovators, landscapers, outdoor enthusiasts, hunters, fishermen, and the like. If you've ever tried cleaning gunk out of a standard pocket knife you'll really appreciate this feature. 

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Once you've stripped the blade from the casing a few times you'll get the knack, and be able to take it apart in about 30-seconds. You simply push up a locking lever near the pivot, and then rotate the release wheel at the butt of the handle. The handle parts and you can lift out the blade. Very cool. Very quick. Re-assembly is as easy as reversing the procedure. While you'll be able to strip the knife wearing tight fitting gloves, you likely won't be able to do so wearing thicker gloves. Once assembled the knife is very solid – no looseness or rattling. CRKT has a short, informative video that shows the CRKT Field Strip Technology in action.

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While the Field-Strip technology is a key feature on the Homefront, it's not the only thing that this knife has going for it. It's an all-round workhorse that will provide years of reliable service. The oversize flipper gives a lot of leverage enabling the blade to flip open with a satisfying snap. It also provides a finger safety when the blade is deployed. The lock bar is easy to depress with your thumb, enabling you to retract the blade quickly. At about 9/64" thick the blade is going to withstand a lot of hard use, and the AUS 8 steel means you'll be able to get an edge on it fairly quickly. 

Excellent fit and finish, super comfortable in the hand, fits nicely in the pocket or on the hip, quick blade release, and that handy field-strip technology all combine to make the CRKT Homefront a modern classic in the making.


KEY FEATURES:

  • Style: Folding Knife w/Locking Liner
  • Steel: AUS 8
  • Handle: 6061 Aluminum 
  • Blade Length: 3-1/2" 
  • Blade Thickness: 0.133"
  • Blade Edge: Plain 
  • Open Length: 8-1/4" 
  • Closed Length: 4-3/4" 
  • Weight: 4.8 oz.
 
COMPANY:CRKT
MODEL:K270GKP
PRICE:$150.00 US
MADE IN:Taiwan
SOURCE:CRKT

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Author: 
Carl Duguay
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