Columbia River Knife & Tool announced a broad slate of new knives for 2017. Among these new offerings are a line of Ken Onion designed knives called the Homefront. These knives feature the company’s new Field Strip technology that was developed by Onion.
Field Strip Technology
In simple terms, the Field Strip technology gives you an easy way to disassemble your folding knife without any tools. This allows you to quickly clean a folder that was dropped into a mud puddle or that has been used for skinning game.
To break a knife down, you push the locking lever up while the blade is in the closed position. Then you rotate the small wheel in a clockwise direction until the handles separate. Reassembly is merely the reverse of disassembly.
There are four knives that are part of the Homefront line:
- Homefront EDC,
- Homefront Hunter, and
- Homefront Tactical.
The Homefront is a simple folder with a plain edge on a AUS 8 steel blade. The blade is 3.5″ long, and the handles are made of 6061 aluminum.
The EDC version of this knife has a blade that is about .4″ longer, but with the glass reinforced nylon handles, it is actually 0.5 ounces lighter at 4.3 ounces.
The Hunter is very similar to the EDC knife, but it uses 1.4116 SS in the place of AUS 8. Instead of black handles, the Hunter uses a Realtree Xtra camo pattern finish.
Rounding out the Homefront series is the Tactical. The Tactical uses a 1.4116 SS blade that is a little more than 3.4″ in length. It has a black EDP coating on the blade and black nylon handles.