CRKT and Ken Onion Introduce the Homefront, Field-Strippable Pocketknife

One of the disadvantages of a folding knife vs a fixed blade, is that the folder is harder to keep clean. Full of crevices and pivots, a folder can really benefit from regular cleaning. CRKT and Ken Onion have just made the job a little easier with the Homefront… a knife that can be field-stripped without any tools. With BLADE Show right around the corner, we’ll be sure to get a closer look at this bad boy. Full specs and action video after the jump.

For immediate release

Tualatin, Oregon, U.S.A.— May 24, 2016

It might look like your grandpa’s classic WWI folder, but it’s got an impressive secret.

CRKT® is releasing the Homefront™ everyday carry folding knife. This Ken Onion designed knife is the first on the market to feature patent pending “Field Strip” technology, an in-field, no-tool take apart innovation allowing for simple maintenance without returning to a workbench.


“Field Strip” is a leading edge breakthrough. Emerging from Ken Onion’s shop after over ten years of development, it’s poised to shift the industry standard for tool maintenance. 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.

“The applications are vast,” explains knife designer Ken Onion, “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.”

The knife’s aesthetic is designed to stay true to its vintage roots. The bayonet lug-style flipper sets off the smooth open action of the 3.5” modified drop point blade, while tank jimping on the back strap elevates the antiquated look, and sits snugly against the user’s palm.

It stands up to the looks of a WWI heirloom, and it surely stands up to any job it encounters. The handles are made with 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum and house an impressively beefy AUS 8 stainless steel blade.

Classic on the outside, impressively futuristic on the inside, the Homefront™ is about to change everything.

The Homefront™ knife manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $150.00.

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Blade: Length: 3.5” (88.9 mm)
Edge: Plain
Steel: AUS 8
Finish: Brushed Steel
Thickness: 0.133” (3.4 mm)
Open: 8.3” (210.8 mm)
Closed: 4.7” (119.4 mm)
Weight: 4.8 oz. (136.1 g)
Handle: 6061 Aluminum
Style: Folding Knife w/Locking Liner

Founded in 1994, CRKT® is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative design. For more information, call: (800) 891-3100, email:, on the


  1. PeterK says:

    Cool tech! Nice looking knife, too. Well played, sirs. Well played indeed.

  2. Sam L. says:

    It all looks good, except that $150 price.

  3. Tyson D says:

    $150 for AUS 8? They can’t be serious…

  4. Andrew Lewis says:

    $150 is a bit steep for a beater pocket knife, but the price tag really isn’t that outrageous. Many of the Cold Steel products are similarly priced. They are all either combat grade high carbon steel, or AUS8 stainless.
    It does make a great blade

  5. Remember, $150 is MSRP. Actual street price will be a good deal lower.

  6. Jonathan says:

    If you can strip it, why not sell it with spare blades? No more in field sharpening.

    1. Andrew Lewis says:

      Spare Blade/Handle combo kits available for $150msrp

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