This week, Columbia River Knife and Tool announced the release of an all-new folding knife, which is the result of a partnership with famous blade designer Ken Onion. The new CRKT knife is known as the Homefront, and offers a vintage look inspired by WWI heirlooms. The bayonet-lug-style flipper, tank-tread-inspired jimping, and bronze-anodized handle scales provide an antiquated look.

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However, despite its classic looks, this blade has a modern and innovative trick up its sleeve. The CRKT Homefront is the first knife on the market to feature patent-pending Field-Strip technology, which allows users to dis-assemble the blade and handle and clean these items in the field. Better yet, the takedown is operated by a lever and release wheel, so it requires no tools whatsoever.

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Designer Ken Onion states, “The applications are vast. Hunters can clean the blood and entrails easily from their knife. Mechanics can clean the grime and grease out. Soldiers can take the dirt, dust and sand out.” According to a CRKT press release, this technology has been in development for over ten years.

On the business end of the Homefront is a 3.5-inch modified drop point blade, constructed of AUS-8 stainless steel. Here's a list of the rest of this knife's specs:

  • Blade Length: 3.5”
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Blade Steel: AUS-8 Stainless with Brushed Finish
  • Thickness: 0.133”
  • Open: 8.3”
  • Closed: 4.7”
  • Weight: 4.8 oz.
  • Handle: 6061 Aluminum
  • Lock: Locking Liner
  • MSRP: $150

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For more information on the new CRKT Homefront folding knife, visit

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