CRKT Expands Fieldstrip Line with Tactical, Hunter, and EDC Homefront Variants

In my recent review of the CRKT Homefront (which you can read here) I noted that CRKT would be coming out with more models featuring their new Fieldstrip mechanism. The first have now arrived with three new, less expensive variants of the Homefront. Commentary and details after the jump.

In addition to a lower MSRP ($99.99 vs $149.99), all three models feature glass reinforced nylon scales (as opposed to aluminum) and skip the AUS-8 in favor of 1.4116 stainless steel. It is odd to think that AUS-8 is the “upgrade” steel option on a knife line, but here we are.

The MSRP on these is a bit misleading. The original Homefront can be found pretty easily online for about $75, or roughly half of the $150 suggested retail.  Does that mean these new models will surface for around $50? Time will tell.

So what do these new variants bring to the table?

The Homefront Tactical features a hollow ground and swedged serrated tanto blade with a black EDP coating and black scales.

The EDC keeps the black scales and has a stonewashed drop point blade that is the same shape as on the original Homefront, albeit without the fuller.

The Hunter variant combines a Realtree camouflage pattern handle with an satin finished, upswept blade shape reminiscent of the Ken Onion designed CRKT Hootenany, which Clay tested (here) and found very capable. Additionally the flipper tab on this one has a more traditional shape and the pivot by the locking tab is domed, rather than bearing the star shape found on the other Homefronts.

As for other differences between these new cheaper models and the original Homefront, it is hard to tell from the photos, but the ridged spacer on the spine looks like it is plastic, rather than metal.

The internals also look different, with a full length locking liner, rather than a smaller inset lock bar. No word on whether any of the blades are interchangeable with any of the other handles, but if I were to judge based on the photos, I would say there is a strong chance that they are.

Here are the full specs for each model:


HOMEFRONT™ TACTICAL
K260KKS
Designed by Ken Onion in Kaneohe, Hawaii

This mean combat-ready remake of your grandpa’s classic WWI folder has got an impressive secret.

The Homefront™ Tactical is among the first in our fleet to feature “Field Strip” technology. This in-field, no-tool take apart capability lets you purge your utilitarian and tactical mainstay of grit, and whatever else it may encounter right where you are, without leaving the arena.

  • Breakthrough “Field Strip” technology innovation
  • Field Strip lets you easily disassemble your knife for cleaning without tools
  • 1.4116 Blade Steel + Glass Reinforced Nylon Handles

SPECIFICATIONS

Blade Length 3.427″ (87.05 mm)
Blade Edge Combination
Blade Steel 1.4116 SS, HRC 55-57
Blade Finish EDP Coating
Blade Thickness 0.138″ (3.51 mm)
Closed Length 4.684″ (118.97 mm)
Weight 4.3 oz
Handle Glass Reinforced Nylon
Style Folding Knife w/Locking Liner
Overall Length 8.125″ (206.38 mm)

HOMEFRONT™ EDC
K250KXP
Designed by Ken Onion in Kaneohe, Hawaii

It’ll stand the front line during a coordinated assault on your to-do list.

The Homefront EDC is among the first in our fleet to feature “Field Strip” technology. This technology allows you to clean and restore your knife to perfect working order without tools, right where you stand so you don’t skip a beat.

  • Breakthrough “Field Strip” technology innovation
  • Field Strip lets you easily disassemble your knife for cleaning without tools
  • 1.4116 Blade Steel + Glass Reinforced Nylon Handles

SPECIFICATIONS

Blade Length 3.539″ (89.89 mm)
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Steel 1.4116 SS, HRC 55-57
Blade Finish Stonewash
Blade Thickness 0.135″ (3.43 mm)
Closed Length 4.720″ (119.89 mm)
Weight 4.3 oz
Handle Glass Reinforced Nylon
Style Folding Knife w/Locking Liner
Overall Length 8.25″ (209.55 mm)

HOMEFRONT™ HUNTER
K265CXP
Designed by Ken Onion in Kaneohe, Hawaii

It might look like Daniel Boone’s classic hunting folder, but it’s got an impressive secret.

The Homefront™ Hunter is among the first in our fleet to feature “Field Strip” technology. This in-field, no-tool take apart capability lets you purge your most reliable companion of whatever mud, blood, or grit you may encounter right where you are, without having to step foot back in civilization.

  • Breakthrough “Field Strip” technology innovation
  • Field Strip lets you easily disassemble your knife for cleaning without tools
  • Realtree® Xtra® Camo Handle Pattern

SPECIFICATIONS

Blade Length 3.566″ (90.58 mm)
Blade Edge Plain
Blade Steel 1.4116 SS, HRC 55-57
Blade Finish Satin
Blade Thickness 0.133″ (3.38 mm)
Closed Length 4.743″ (120.47 mm)
Weight 4.2 oz
Handle Glass Reinforced Nylon
Style Folding Knife w/Locking Liner
Overall Length 8.25″ (209.55 mm)

comments

  1. Chris Dumm says:

    AUS-8 is the ‘upgrade?’ No, no, no. S30V is an ‘upgrade.’ Not AUS-8.

    There’s nothing wrong with AUS-8 (damn does it take a wicked edge easily) but it’s not a supersteel and it’s not something you pay extra for.

    1. Agreed. With two steel options, both should not be “entry-level”

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