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Kershaw Cryo II BlackWash (1556BW), 3.25” 8Cr13MoV Stainless Steel Blade; 410 Stainless Steel Handle, SpeedSafe Assisted Opening, Frame Lock with Stabilizer, 4-Position Deep-Carry Pocketclip; 5.5 OZ
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- Stealthy BlackWash finish on blade provides extra protection, helping hide scratches, scuffs and fingerprints
- 3.25” high-performance 8Cr13MoV stainless steel blade features excellent toughness, edge retention and corrosion resistance
- Stainless steel handle features SpeedSafe assisted opening with flipper, secure frame lock, lockbar stabilizer and 4-position deep-carry pocketclip
- Sleek, rugged EDC easily carried in pockets, backpacks, purses, on belts or on a lanyard with the handle’s predrilled attachment point
- Ideal for any backpacker, hunter, wilderness guide, gardener, mechanic, or anyone in need of a sturdy, strong everyday carry
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Kershaw’s popular Cryo II gets a sleek update with a full body BlackWash finish, giving the knife a cool broken in look and also providing extra protection for the metal while helping to hide scratches and scuffs. Similar to the original, the Cryo II BlackWash is designed by custom knifemaker Rick Hinderer and precision engineered by Kershaw. A razor-sharp 3.25” blade is made of precision heat treated 8Cr13MoV stainless steel offering toughness, edge retention and corrosion resistance. SpeedSafe assisted opening enables quick and smooth blade operation using the built-in flipper or thumbstud, safely keeping fingers out of the way. The stainless steel handle with a sturdy frame lock securely locks the blade open during use and a Hinderer lockbar stabilizer ensures the lock doesn’t over-extend. For maximum carry flexibility and discretion, the BlackWash Cryo II includes a four-position deep-carry pocketclip and a pre-drilled attachment point for lanyards or key chains.
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I did not realize what I was getting into size and weight wise. This thing compared to my Gerber is ridiculous. Even the Cryo feels like half the weight even though on paper, it’s not. The size of it reminds me of stuff I carried when I was younger and thought was cool because it was bigger. Now that I think a little less about looks and more about comfort and practicality, the size and weight of the Cryo II does not do it for me. If I had to gut a buck in the middle of the street out of the blue, this might be the knife I’d reach for, but that’s not what I use my EDC for.
The clip was another downside for me. I always kind of hated my Gerber’s clip because of how it snags on things with the flip out at the end, but after seeing the Cryo II clip I would take the Gerber any day. The clip is way to small for such a large knife. Even the Cryo clip is bigger than the II as you can see in my photos. It makes it kind of hard to get the clip on and off my pocket. I don’t know if Kershaw did this for concealment reasons or not, but the Cryo and Cryo II need to swap. It just doesn’t make sense. The design of the Gerber makes it easy to slide on and off and has flush screws. The Cryo’s design is kind of tough to slide on and off and the screws annoyingly poke out making it look cheap next to my Gerber.
Lastly, the assisted opening is subpar to my Gerber on both Cryos. Maybe it's a weight thing or maybe it needs a little time to work out the tension, but from day one to now my Gerber snaps out, no problem. The Cryo, especially Cryo II, is just sluggish. I don't get a clean snap with every flip like I do the Gerber.
All in all, I'm no knife enthusiast, but I know what feels like good quality in my hand and makes sense for my everyday use and the Cryo II falls short of those needs for me. I love Kershaw products as I've owned them before and I can't say this matches some of my other stuff by them. At best, I feel like this is entry level stuff. Better than cheap, but missing a lot in the details.
I've had this knife for about a year and have only moderately used it when I needed to and it is still as sharp as the day I got it. The flipping mechanism can be difficult for people who does not know how to use it, I've handed it to many people each struggled until I showed them. After you know how to open it, it is really easy to open. I love the clip and where the default position is for it (you can move it to different locations), with it clipped in my pocket I cannot even notice it is there but when I need it I can use it very quickly. The frame lock leaves my mind with no worries that it will close on my hands but is easy enough to close as well.
My only complaint is that within the first month of ownership the blade somehow (I do not know from what) received a very small chip towards the tip (not on the tip though). This chip does not effect anything that I've done and i doubt that it will ever because of the small size. I added a picture to show the small chip.
All in all, I would buy this knife again and I recommend this knife to everyone who asks about knifes.