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Gear Review: Kershaw Cryo

Made by our comrades in the People’s Republic of China, but designed by famed American knife designer Rick Hinderer and sold by Kershaw (a subsidiary of the Japanese Kai Corporation); this great knife is a multi-national work of craftsmanship. The Cryo is a beautiful classic Hinderer design; strong masculine lines with a clean, modern and utilitarian look. The fit and finish is par with more expensive knives. The 2 ¾ inch blade is held tightly between two slabs of steel and the whole thing is coated with titanium carbo-nitrade. It’s deployed with switch-blade coolness by the Kershaw flipper. Not a true automatic, the Cryo flings open with the assistance of a torsion bar. True, it’s a tad on the hefty side at 4.8 ounces, but the Cryo reeks of durability. I’m willing to carry an extra ounce or two for such a solid and beautiful knife.

Cryo in Stump

I’ve had this knife a week and I’m developing a callous on my finger because I’m addicted to flipping this thing open. The blade has ambidextrous thumb-studs, which due to the size of my hand, or size of the knife, I’m having difficulty manipulating. No matter, the flipper is the way to go. The Cryo rides low with a loop-over Pocket clip that can be mounted on any of its four corners. Both blade and handle are 8Cr13MoV steel. 8Cr is a middle of the road steel that’s easy to sharpen, which is good, as its edge will not hold as well as more expensive steels. As a habitual knife sharpener, I like 8Cr. You’ll have to pay a lot more if you’re looking for a comparable knife in harder steel. I paid thirty dollars for this knife with free shipping from Amazon. Shop around; prices vary. Mine came with a well centered blade and a tight lock-up. The Cryo is a tremendous value at the 30 to 35 dollar range.

Cryo in hand

Here’s the specs:
• Blade Steel: 8Cr13MoV with a handsome medium grey titanium carbo-nitrade coating (try not to lick peanut butter off this knife ’till you find out if it’s food safe)
• Handle: Same stuff with an open pillar construction held together with black torx screws
• Blade Length: 2 3/4 inches; Closed Length: 3 3/4 inches
• Tip up or tip down, left or right hand carry loop-over pocket clip (way to go Kershaw!)
• Ultra-cool Speed safe flipper opening system.
• A sturdy frame lock with a typical Hinderer disc to keep people with unusually strong thumbs from bending the frame lock (you know who you are, you big thumbed freaks).
• Jimping on the blade and handle. Not too aggressive, but good enough for a thirty dollar knife.
• Weight 4.8 oz., not exactly an Ultralight knife, but for me, worth it.
• Made by communists and sold by capitalists affiliated with a constitutional monarchy (and I’m totally okay with that).

Cryo on wood

Cryo on stone

This is an unsolicited review, I just really like it!


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