Jul 9, 20163618 views

What do you guys think of the new CRKT HomeFront Knife by Ken Onion?

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MichaelMusko, SAnCLT, and 64 others
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Being an avid hunter and fisherman the design intrigues me. Being able to field strip this to clean out blood, guts and grime before it dries and corrodes the knife is a great concept. The materials used and execution of this knife leave something to be desired. I have folders I take on outings as backups but use a fix blade for most everything in the field.
I would use a fixed blade. Easier to clean, no 'takedown' necessary, can't really lose pieces. Also, strongly dislike that star on the pivot.
Not saying there isnt a good case for this knife, just personally it seems very gimmick-y. And I can get some pretty sweet fixed blades for that price with better steel and construction and capability (and ease of cleaning)
I got 2 in trades one the same as the pictured one (battlbox edition) and another in black G-10 with no grove in the blade. It is not my favorite steel for a blade. But, for the $30.00 worth of stuff I traded for them they are fine for EDC . I don’t mind using them on tasks saving my more expensive knifes wear and tear. I do like them i think it’s a good little knife and are great users if not collectors.
Not a fan of Chinese River Knife and Tool...
I think it looks clunky and it seems overpriced for a feature that seems like would have limited usefulness. I can't really think of too many times that I would need to take my knife completely while away from my work table.
It would be a great knife if the price is around 50...or they change the blade to s35vn and the scale to titanium. I would pay that money for a D2 and Al if it not made by CRKT but WE or Brous blade. simply put this way, I really like that design but really feel sad that CRKT got the design.
Rebuswind
This 100%. I like the design as well but don't care for the steel especially at that price.
Priced way too high IMO, but what do I know, I buy Emersons! Lol!
I would never pay $100 for Aus-8 steel. That is just stupid. Get a hex driver kit and three Ontario Rat-II's, it'd be a better way to spend your Benjamin.
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I have a griptilian as well and i would say that it too is only ok for the money. I think both knives are pretty equal for the value you get for the money. I have to say that the only reason i think someone should consider the homefront is because of the ability to break it down, which obviously you can not do with the griptilian.. but then you get a better steel with the griptilian... so really it's just which of those pros you prefer more.
I do like the scales on the griptilian better though as far as comfort goes, but it isn't exactly a comfortable knife either.
Or spend a little extra get that newer Griptilian with the grey/blue G10 and the 20CV steel.
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Like everyone here love the concept, but I'm thinking maybe better if they design out all the crevices for dirt to collect. I get the handle striations but maybe take out the hole in the flipper tab etc. Not sure about the need to disassemble a knife. I'm more of a office mouse but the rare times I've had grit collect in the Spyderco pivot I was able to WD-40 it out. Maybe water would have eventually done the same? I know I've cleaned my muddy SAKs that way. But it seems like to me that if you were in an occupation or environment that rugged you would be using a fixed blade that would be easy to clean any way. IMHO.
Hate it, hate it, hate it. The steel is crap, the heat treat is crappier, the grind is crap, and the finish is crap. The pretend sharpening choil is nothing short of moronic. The scales are way too slick, especially when wet. The ergos are pretty good, and the disassembly mechanism is awesome, but that's it. If the knife cost $30 it wouldn't be a bad deal. But the cheapest I've seen it is $75, and it's usually going for closer to $100, and any price in that range is a rip off.
cool concept but for the price, you can get way better steel such as vg10. aus 8 is cheapo steel. its shame they used it in this knife, but thats typical CRKT.
Had one for about a month now. It's a great knife. Very reliable although occasionally I'll accidentally push the side lever down with my thumb when I am flipping it open, that happens maybe once a week. Has become my EDC of choice because I don't have to worry about getting it dirty.
Maybe call it the "Captain America" knife?
exelent..
Looks like a great concept, looking forward to the next models in the line.
I want one. I like new, innovative ideas in the knife world. Would be nice to add to the collection.
I not too sure about how reliable it'll be
Looks good to me and sure they will do well with it. Just from the look of it I believe CRKT has continued to improve their overall quality over the years. They have always offered great bang for the buck in my view.
Excellent idea and it's executed well,ideal for the field or ops,
Wanted to let @Wavester and everyone else know that we're trying to get some of these but stock is hard to come by. We first got an August 1 date, but we're now looking at October 1 or later I think. Quantities are likely to be limited when we do finally have them, for those who are interested.
JonasHeineman
anything yet ?
Too much for AUS-8, I'd never pay over $50 for a knife with that steel. If it were VG-10 or S30V then I'd be interested.
well I got one in the mail today.( well yesterday but just picked it up today from my po box) and this thing is awesome first thing I did was took it apart and disassembled it. It was so simple and putting it back together I was scared because of some reviews of people saying you have to align it just right but it went together simply. i have now taken it apart about 10 times now just because and no problems going back together. and of course the ergonomics are great and i like the blade shape but haven't really used it yet. hopefully the field strip technology holds up.
I love my Kershaw/Onion knives...
my CRKT/Onion knife just annoys me...
Never saw a poll for it so I made one. https://www.massdrop.com/vote/pocket-knives3
Love the disassembly feature, but the materials kill it for me. Slippery handles and average blade steel are not something I need in my life.
I want one!!!!
Not going to shell out that kind of money for a AUS 8 knife, And like Coonfinger pointed out it looks like a solution in search of a problem.
hope they come out with a tanto version
Are there a lot of people out there who feel like they need to completely disassemble and clean their knives in the field? I've spent a lot of time outdoors and always carry a folding knife and it has never even occurred to me.
Coonfinger
I think it's just a gimmick to sell more knives. that being said I would still buy that knife to check it out.
Here is the Full review of this know now :-)