CRKT Homefront Flipper Review

February 11, 2017
CRKT Homefront Flipper
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
92
Construction & Materials
8
Ease of Use
10
Steel Quality & Edge Retention
6
Durability
8

The Good

  • “Field Strip” technology
  • Drop Point blade
  • Rugged liner lock
  • Deep Pocket Clip

The Bad

  • Slight blade wobble
  • AUS 8 steel
  • Never in stock
THE VERDICT

Maintaining a well-used knife can be a nagging chore but with the innovative “Field Strip” technology featured here in the CRKT Homefront, you can break down your knife, clean it, and put it back together. The look and feel of the Homefront is appealing along with its durability and viability to suit day to day life. The addition of the fire notch in the crotch of the blade further broadens its functionality.

FULL REVIEW

CONSTRUCTION & MATERIALS
Producing a knife that can be easily broken down without tools can be a real gamble, but the design efforts that went into CRKT’s “Field Strip” technology is second to none. Though there’s a bit of blade wobble, the Homefront feels and functions like a knife that has been bolted together. The only downside to this knife is the choice of AUS 8 steel which has a penchant to rust if not properly maintained.

EASE OF USE
The Homefront flips open smoothly and locks up tight, letting you know that you can put the drop point blade to work without worry. The Field Strip technology is easier than tying your shoe: spin the dial, flip the lever, and there you have it – three pieces to clean, dry, and put back together. 

STEEL QUALITY/EDGE RETENTION
AUS 8 is adequate knife steel if properly taken care of. It will hold a decent edge overall, but the blade will dull slightly after initial use; though not enough where you would need to re-sharpen it any time soon. To stave off corrosion, make sure you keep the blade clean and dry – especially when you’re putting it back together.

DURABILITY
Being made from two slabs of 6061 Aluminum, and having all its critical supporting pieces pressed in place, makes a great platform for the chunky blade on the Homefront. I was initially concerned with the slight blade wobble, but it didn’t prove an issue in testing or in the month that I wore it – one week of which it was used heavily during an overlanding expedition.

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WHERE TO BUY
MSRP
$59.95
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