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Kershaw Cryo BlackWash (1555BW); Rick Hinderer Design Drop Point Pocket Knife; SpeedSafe Assisted Opening with Flipper or Thumbstud; 4-Position Deep-Carry Pocketclip; Lanyard Hole; Frame Lock; 4.1 oz
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- Pre-drilled holes for 4-way pocketclip allow tip-up or tip-down carry on right and left side; handle also accommodates clip for deep pocket carry
- Handle features open construction aluminum tube spacers for lightness, easy maintenance and ageless good looks
- Closed length: 3.75 inches; overall length: 6.5 inches
- SpeedSafe allows one-handed deployment for utility or in emergency when hunting, fishing, camping or working around home, office, barn or garage
- Unswervingly tough with vintage appeal, Cryo in BlackWash makes excellent gift for collectors, relatives, graduates, friends, co-workers, service personnel, outdoor enthusiasts or first responders
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Cryo Folding Knife with Blackwash SpeedSafe
The Incredible Cryo—Now in BlackWash
The popular Cryo now comes with our great-looking BlackWash finish for that already-broken-in look.
This Kershaw-Rick Hinderer design is built of pure stainless steel that lets the design shine through. Like all Rick’s knives, the Cryo benefits from Rick’s real world experience as a fire fighter and EMT. It’s designed to be a sturdy knife that’s still aesthetically pleasing and feels good in the hand. The black-oxide BlackWash coating not only gives it that well worn look, it also enhances corrosion resistance.
For secure blade lock up, the Cryo offers a tough frame lock with lockbar stabilization. For fast and easy one-handed opening, it also features Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening, accessible with either the built-in flipper or the thumbstud. Our deep-carry clip makes it a discreet pocket companion, too.
Slightly smaller than some Hinderer pocketknives, the Cryo with BlackWash is a superb knife for every day carry. You get the tactical, hard-use looks you’re looking for, a Hinderer design, and SpeedSafe opening in this amazingly affordable Kershaw that’s destined to be an EDC favorite.
- Model 1555BW
- SpeedSafe assisted opening
- Frame lock, lockbar stabilizer
- Flipper and thumbstud
- 4-position deep-carry pocketclip (tip-up/down, left/right)
- Steel: 8Cr13MoV, BlackWash finish
- Handle: 410, black-oxide BlackWash finish
- Blade length: 2.75 in. (7 cm)
- Closed length: 3.75 in. (9.5 cm)
- Overall length: 6.5 in. (16.5 cm)
- Weight: 4.1 oz. (116.2 g)
May be used on either manual or assisted opening knives. The “flipper” is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the user can pull back on, or flip, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle.
Assists you to open any SpeedSafe knife quickly and easily with a manual push on the thumbstud or pull back on the flipper; built into many Kershaw best sellers.
A portion of the handle (the knife frame) moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use. This is a safety feature of the knife.
What is SpeedSafe?
SpeedSafe is a patented system that assists the user to smoothly open any SpeedSafe knife with a manual push on the blade's thumb stud or pull back on the blade protrusion. SpeedSafe is built into many of Kershaw's best-selling knives.
How does SpeedSafe work?
The heart of SpeedSafe is its torsion bar. Closed, the torsion bar helps prevent the knife from being opened by "gravity;" it creates a bias toward the closed position. To open the knife, the user applies manual pressure to the thumb stud or blade protrusion to overcome the resistance of the torsion bar. After the blade is out of the handle, the torsion bar moves along its half-moon track and takes over. The blade opens smoothly and locks into position, ready for use.
How Safe is SpeedSafe?
Very. SpeedSafe opens when the user overcomes the resistance of the torsion bar. Once deployed, a locking system secures the blade in position so that it does not close accidentally. When releasing the lock, the blade won't snap shut due to resistance provided by the torsion bar. Since the torsion bar provides a bias towards the closed position, it will normally hold the blade securely closed. New SpeedSafe users can ensure safe use of the technology by practicing to proficiency.
Is SpeedSafe a switchblade?
No, SpeedSafe knives are not switchblades. There are many unique features of SpeedSafe knives that make them quite different than knives that are considered switchblades. Unlike a switchblade, SpeedSafe blades DO NOT deploy with the push of a button in the handle or by gravity alone. Instead, the user must overcome the torsion bar's resistance in order to engage the SpeedSafe system. Because of this, SpeedSafe knives fall fully outside the Federal definition of a switchblade. However, due to the complexity and constantly changing nature of these laws and regulations, it is impossible for Kershaw Knives to be aware of every restriction in every location in which our knives are sold or carried. It is the responsibility of the buyer to investigate and comply with the laws and regulations that apply in his or her specific area.
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Destined to be an EDC favorite, the BlackWash Cryo, designed by famous knife maker Rick Hinderer and built by Kershaw, boasts discreet carry with tip-to-butt black oxide coating for a non-reflective finish that blends easily with worn and rugged jeans, boots or jackets. Slightly smaller than many Hinderer knives, this steel 4.1 ounce folder fits any size palm and opens quickly with one hand thanks to its SpeedSafe assisted opening, built-in ambidextrous flipper and accessible thumbstud. Cryo offers deep carry option, 4-position pocketclip and embedded lanyard hole for personal comfort and delivers remarkable security in a tactical package with sturdy frame lock, lockbar stabilizer, 8Cr13MoV blade steel for extra hardness and modified 2.75 inch drop point blade for a tip too strong to break. Excellent value, trusted engineering, multi-function capabilities and companionability mark BlackWash Cryo for a lifetime of respect between itself and anyone fortunate enough to handle it.
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Then came the second month. The SpeedSafe function ceased working entirely and the blade began flopping in and out of its frame at all times; that nice, sharp blade would now open in my pocket cutting both material and skin alike. Not long after that I sat down in a chair and the knife got caught on the arm of the chair bending the clip open (see image). I have since attempted to tighten the SpeedSafe but it does not fix the situation, it simply goes from open-at-the-slightest movement to impossible-to-open; the quick-open push on the flipper will not work at all. I've also hammered down the clip a bit but there is still a wide enough gap that remaining fastened to a pocket through any type of vigorous movement is no longer within its ability.
I've had a cheap Gerber in my back pocket for seven years--and have sat in many chairs--without so much as a glimmer of an issue with the clip or blade. This was suppose to be a replacement for that old guy, but I've just gone right back to him.
I was excited to get the Cryo for EDC (everyday carry). The knife seems very solid and well-made and is relatively heavy for its size, but the geometry (or something else?) renders the thumb stud virtually unusable for effectively activating the spring assist feature. Thought some of the reviewers who said this before had weak hands or got defective products, but now that I own one, its clear the knife simply does not deploy easily like other Kershaws from the thumb stud. I've not seen this kind of design flaw in another pocket knife - spring assisted or not - and certainly did not expect it in a Kershaw despite some reviews saying as much. The "flipper" on the back of the knife works reliably quickly deploy the blade, but even that requires a strong swipe/pull of the index finger, along with a rather specific direction of force (downward along and parallel to the spine of the knife).
I don't expect a loosening of the spring - or even if there was, that it would change the dynamics, so I remain disappointed in what looked to be an otherwise awesome pocket knife.
The size of this knife is perfect. My Tenacious was just a little too big in my pocket, and this little Cryo is very low profile; I don't notice it until i need it, and then, bam! out it comes with the assisted opening. Even though it's smaller, the blade size is perfect too. I wouldn't want to do any batoning with it, but for everyday slicing and dicing this thing is awesome. It came out of the box sharp enough to shave with, and with no play in the blade. The look of it is pretty cool, I really like the blackwash. The carry clip (attached tip down out of the box) is adjustable, as long as you have a size T6 star driver handy. Finally, the quality of knife you get for the price of this lil' guy is unbelievable.
On the negatives: the grips are solid steel, which, while sturdy, make this knife weigh the same as my Tenacious (about 4oz), even though it's a good 30% shorter (7cm vs 11.3cm) I know it's nit-picky when they are already pretty light, but ounces are pounds and pounds are pain. Also, the grips are smooth, which could pose a problem if your hands get sweaty and you need to do some real work with it, but since I carry it around suburbia to open packages and cut cord most of the time, (when I'm not fighting bears and carving spears out of sticks) I don't care because they look cool and work fine. My other complaint is about the thumb stud. The assisted opening system is awesome, and works great with the flipper, but the thumb stud is a pain to use, it's a little too small to get a purchase on and even when you do, there's not enough leverage to get it past the opening threshold easily. Not really an issue because I use the flipper exclusively, but something I noticed. Oh, one last thing, the blade is not labeled with it's steel type ( 8Cr13MoV) even though they snuck in a little "china" label on the flipper. Again, nit-picky, but just one of those things you look for. Overall though, great knife for the price. I would definitely recommend it for around town carry, or as a "get dirty" knife for camping. Wouldn't recommend it for heavy use or survival situations.
It's large enough to feel good in your hand, but small enough to carry discreetly. It has great assist action, and feels really solid when opening and closing. The blade was not as sharp as I had hoped when it arrives, but it took an edge very nicely, and I have not had any problems with it.
I'd recommend this knife to someone who wants the ability to deep carry. Not all people work in environments where it is customary to carry a knife. This one deep carries in shorts, khakis, jeans, you name it. It's a great all-around knife!