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Take Apart and Clean Your Knife, No Tools Required with Field Strip Technology by Ken Onion

Picture this: you’re miles away from the car with only the essentials and you find yourself needing to cut a trap line in the rain. As dutifully as ever, your folding pocket knife does the trick, slicing straight through. There’s only one problem: even though you wipe the blade on your pants, there’s mud everywhere, and as you push back the locking liner, the blade grittily scrapes closed, squelching into a base and interior gummed up with residual mud.


Real knives—the workhorses, our daily companions—are tools that hunters, mechanics, artisans, and the like use every day in environments full of mud, blood, grease, sand, and fuzz. Maintaining a critical daily tool is a no-brainer, but it’s not always possible to return to the bench every time to get it done. That’s where the legendary Ken Onion stepped in.

The Birth of the Homefront™

Ten years ago Ken pointed out that, when it comes to ease of maintenance, the knife industry was lagging far behind. For soldiers in the field, to mechanics, and everyone in between, the challenge of taking a slice of time out of their days to return to their benches and meticulously keep track of small screws and too many moving parts was cumbersome and unrealistic. In true Ken form, he tackled the problem with grit and fiery passion. The result: The Homefront™.


A Game-Changing Pocketknife

They say the simplest solutions are the most difficult to conceive and perfect. This rings true for Field Strip technology. Ken Onion spent a tedious ten years honing and refining. We’re confident in saying that the result is pure genius. See for yourself.

There are four different CRKT® knives privy to Field Strip technology: The Homefront™, the Homefront™ EDC, the Homefront™ Hunter, and the Homefront™ Tactical, each built for capability and high performance in their respective fields.

We couldn’t be prouder to have a history with Ken Onion–he’s been an integral part of the CRKT® foundation for over a decade. His passion and drive to constantly create game-changing innovations are serious contributing factors to everything we love about coming to work. If you’re reading this, thanks Ken.

Are you as excited about the Homefront™ as we are? Share on FacebookTwitter, and swing by our Instagram gallery. Tag your photos #ConfidenceInHand. Thanks for being here, and thanks for carrying CRKT®.

CRKT Jul 31 '17 · Tags: crkt
W.R. CASE, WINKLER KNIVES UNVEIL AMERICAN HEROES KNIFE COLLABORATION: THE CASE WINKLER “SKINNER”Posted on June 7, 2017 by CasePRNew fixed blade design demonstrates synergy between two influential American knifemakers

The Case® Winkler Skinner is a new fixed blade knife crafted collectively by Case and Winkler Knives. The design is the result of a decades-long career in knife making by Master Bladesmith Daniel Winkler and the extensive experiences of retired U.S. Army Special Operator and Navy SEAL Kevin Holland. Case officially unveiled the new knife at BLADE Show 2017, which took place June 2-4 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA. Available handle styles include sculpted multi-camo G10, black canvas laminate and American black walnut.

The Case® Winkler Skinner is the first in a planned series of collaborations aimed at celebrating American heroes, an idea brought to life by Case’s historic military contributions and Winkler Knives’ ongoing involvement with U.S. Special Operations. The new knife is manufactured in Case’s modern production facility by an elite team of Case knife makers whose work is held to strict quality and performance standards equaling the reputation of Winkler Knives’ custom manufactured blades.

The Case® Winkler Skinner is a high-performance field knife that is lightweight, well balanced and built for dependability. The flat ground, distal tapered Trailing Point blade is made from tough 80CrV2 steel, known for its enduring lateral strength, superior edge retention and ease of sharpening. The full tang is skeletonized and tapered to reduce weight and improve balance. The knife is accompanied by a molded black leather sheath that’s specially reinforced to help keep its shape, ensuring a continually snug fit when not in use. A reversible belt attachment accommodates carrying the knife on either side of the body.

All of these premium features make the Case® Winkler Skinner the perfect ally to take on hiking, camping and hunting adventures, and a welcome addition to any military operator’s kit.

At Case, we like to say that every knife tells a story, and this new collaboration will surely speak volumes,remarked John Sullivan, Case's Director of Marketing. “By combining Daniel’s and Kevin’s expertise and personal experiences with Winkler Knives’ methods and our own Case technology, we've crafted a tough, utilitarian field knife that performs as well as a Winkler Knives II original and is suitable for use across many different environments.”

Daniel Winkler, with more than 30 years of experience to his credit, brings multiple disciplines to the Case® Winkler Skinner project – as a Master Bladesmith, respected metallurgist, blade geometrist and full-time knife maker who, through Winkler Knives, has served some of the most elite Special Operators across all branches of the U.S. military. “My introduction to Case knives came to me as a young boy in North Carolina, when my father gifted me the ‘Tested’ era Folding Hunter that was given to him by his grandfather – which I still own,” Winkler said. “I’m proud to be working with Case – a company who outfitted the First Special Service Force during World War II – and my friend, Kevin Holland – to bring a knife of this caliber to those who still serve.”

As co-designer of the Case® Winkler Skinner, Kevin Holland brings decades of intense military expertise to this collaboration. A highly decorated veteran member of U.S. Special Operations, Holland's vast knowledge of knife design, construction and tactical use hails from the many different situations and extreme environments in which he had to depend on knives to survive. Holland's real-world experiences helped craft the Case&reg: Winkler Skinner into an optimal field knife as well as an essential accessory to Special Operators everywhere.

“As a veteran of U.S. Special Operations, I learned first-hand the importance of carrying the highest quality tools on assignment,” said Kevin Holland. “I’m proud to have been able to share my experiences to help create something that performs as well for outdoorspeople at home as it can for our Armed Forces around the world.”

The knife’s name, “Skinner”, reflects Holland’s years as a young hunter and trapper who relied on his Case Slimline Trapper to field dress small game and clean fish in the mountains of North Carolina. It is this story which inspired a Commanding Officer to assign “Skinner” as Holland's nickname during SEAL Team selection, a title by which he answers to even today.

The Case® Winkler Skinner is 9.625 in (24.5 cm) in length; AKTI blade length is 5.125 in (13 cm) and is .1875 in (4.8 mm) wide. Weights vary by handle style (5.6 oz – 6.7 oz /158.8 g-186.7 g). The knife will be available starting late August (multi-camo G10 and black canvas laminate versions, followed by American black walnut in September) from Case Authorized Dealers nationwide with MSRP’s ranging from $295 to $310. For additional information, please visit


Daniel Winkler is an award-winning custom knife maker based in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. His early recognition came from hand-forging Early American-influenced knives and axes. The historical styling of his work led to Winkler being commissioned to create cutlery for principal characters in the award winning 1992 film, The Last of the Mohicans. In more recent years he has had the honor of working with members of elite units within the U.S. Military and Allied Forces around the world, a development which prompted the establishment of the Winkler Knives II product line that continues today.


Kevin Holland is an American hero who has honorably served his country as an elite special operator across two different branches of the U.S. Military, completing more than 2,000 combat missions in multiple deployments across the globe. A North Carolina native, Holland has earned many awards and commendations for his leadership, bravery and valor. In more recent years, Holland has worked as an independent knife designer for Winkler Knives and consultant for other outdoor and military-related industries. He is currently employed as a business executive in the private sector.

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Case Jul 30 '17 · Tags: case, navy seal, skinner

Dear Valued Customers of Cold Steel,

We’ve made the tough decision to cancel the Cold Steel Challenge for 2017. We’re currently producing two new PROOF videos this summer and fall, and as such we simply wouldn’t be able to dedicate enough time and resources to the Cold Steel Challenge to make it the event our customers deserve.

We look forward to making the next Cold Steel Challenge even more awesome than before!

Best Regards,
Lynn Thompson and the Cold Steel Team

Cold_Steel Jul 30 '17 · Tags: cold steel

The new Kershaw Dividend was recognized at the 2017 Blade Show.

One of our newest Kershaws is quickly becoming a beloved member of the family. Fans and critics alike have praised the Dividend, including the judges at this year’s Blade Show. That’s right, the grey aluminum Kershaw Dividend received the 2017 Best Buy of the Year Award.

Consider the Dividend to be the Link’s younger sibling. Both knives are made-in the-USA and are set at attractive price points. While the Link has been a runaway success, some users prefer a slimmer carry. That’s where the Dividend comes in. The knife was made with sleekness and performance in mind.

For sleekness, the weight plays a huge factor. The aluminum Dividend weights in at just 2.8 ounces, a whole 2 ounces lighter than the aluminum Link. As far as cutting goes, the 3-in., drop-point blade performs as an effective slicer. When you do need to use the Dividend, you can easily deploy the blade with SpeedSafe assisted opening.

Two versions of the Dividend are available now. The standard model includes a glass-filled nylon handle with curves that fit the hand comfortably. The other Dividend features an anodized aluminum handle in matte grey.

The latter model is set just $69.99 MSRP. For the amount of USA quality packed into in the folder, this Kershaw provides a great bang for your buck. The standard model is similarly affordable, priced at just $59.99 MSRP. Few American knives can boast such a great value.

Whichever Dividend you choose, you’re certain to have the best buy the year. Both models are available now.


The precision cutting of the Leek was on full display during the hit NBC crime series.

The season 4 finale of The Blacklist was full of revelations. Amid the twists and turns of the story, the Kershaw Leek proved to be a useful tool for FBI Assistant Director of Counter Terrorism Harold Cooper. Viewers learned that Cooper uses his Leek to handle delicate evidence. During the episode, he cut open an evidence box and sliced off a small piece of fabric from a bloody shirt. It's nice to know that Cooper prefers the Leek as an everyday carry during his investigations. Watch for the spotting in the full episode


Gerber will debut a category-defining collection of fishing products at iCAST 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The first look comes ahead of the spring 2018 launch date, when the collection becomes available for purchase globally.

For a new breed of fishing, a new generation of tools. Hardcore anglers need tools that work even harder. Tools that take them beyond the beaten path, beyond self-imposed limits, beyond anything and everything that stands in their way. Gerber introduces a new line of multi-functional fishing products that outfit the angler from the trek in, to the catch, to the victorious journey home. These tools are purpose-built for the adventure to extend the experience anywhere and everywhere the angler dares to tread.

“Gerber is known for re-imagining the common tool and delivering intuitive, multi-functional gear.” said Andrew Gritzbaugh, Vice President of Marketing at Gerber. “This new collection of fishing products is rooted in Gerber’s extensive experience developing problem-solving products for users in expeditionary environments –  from US Soldiers in Afghanistan to Elk Hunters in Montana.  This new fishing collection will serve the experienced angler by providing intelligent design, insightful material combinations, and progressive new technologies that will enable them to venture farther and fish beyond.”

The new collection features 12 multi-functional tools that are painstakingly designed and tested, because if it’s taking up space in a kayak, on an ATV, or inside a vest, it better be worth it. Do more and go farther while taking up less space – explore a few leading products below.

LINEDRIVER Line Management Multi-tool

Keep the line in the water. The compact, dual-ended LineDriver has everything needed to simplify line management: one end rotates to quickly tie knots and clear eyelets, the other end features a crimper, hook threader, and scissor snips. A pocket clip and tether point keep the tool secured for easy access.


Get a grip on the unexpected. Swift power is on hand with the durable, hot-forged Magnipliers. The ergonomic trigger grip is offset to keep line of sight in tight places, while the finger choil offers maximum control. The thumb lock and ambidextrous tether points ensure safe stowage and transport while on the move. [Pictured on the Defender Tether]


PROCESSOR Take-A-Part Shears

Whether on the boat or the shore, you need a tool that can do it all. The Processor Take-A-Part Shears work as a cohesive unit and as independent tools; creativity and control collide in this revolutionary design.

The robust collection includes these additional products:


Controller Fillet Knife System [6”, 8”, 10”]

Make short work of messy business. The Controller Fillet Knife System is designed for clean, smooth cuts with a flexible blade that provides just the right amount of give. The intuitive GuideFins™ & tactile HydroTread Grip™ offer ultimate control of the knife, even in slippery conditions.

FreeHander Line Management Tool [Nipper]

The FreeHander lives up to its name, offering one-hand engagement when cutting and securing line. The wide paddle design gives intuitive purchase in cold or wet conditions, and moveable parts provide a custom fit. Optimized for use with Mono & Fluorocarbon line.


Neat Freak Braided Line Cutters

Don’t get caught in the fray; cutting with precision was a key design influence of the Neat Freak Braided Line Cutters. Micro serrated blades partner with BearHand Control™ to deliver ergonomic confidence in hand.


Gutsy Compact Processing Tool [Solid State]

When the tacklebox isn’t a reality, the slim Gutsy is an on-the-go solution that is ready when opportunity strikes. Designed to be efficiently stored and intuitively used, this solid state tool offers 4 essential functions to get the job done.


Defender Tether [Large]

The Defender Tether offers a carabiner designed to fit on-finger for intuitive control and a patented line vise on each side for secure tension relief. Line is protected by an override lock-out system, and the tool is easily carried on straps, belts, or waders w/ a wide-body flexible clip. *also available in Compact size, features differ slightly

The entire collection will be available for purchase spring of 2018.

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