Kershaw Cryo II Tanto Assisted Opening Knife (3.25" BlackWash) 1556TBW

Item #BHQ-21519
MSRP: $67.95
Our Price: $29.99
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  • Overall Length: 7.75"
  • Blade Length: 3.25"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.11"
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV
  • Blade Style: Tanto
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Finish: Acid Wash
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.375"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.38"
  • Handle Material: Stainless Steel
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 5.50 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Tip-Down
  • Knife Type: Spring Assisted
  • Opener: Flipper, Thumb Stud
  • Lock Type: Frame Lock
  • Brand: Kershaw
  • Model: Cryo II
  • Model Number: 1556TBW
  • Designer: Rick Hinderer
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

  • Black stonewashed 8Cr13MoV stainless steel tanto blade.
  • Flipper and thumb studs for spring assisted opening action.
  • Black stonewashed stainless steel handle and frame.
  • Frame lock mechanism for definitive lockup.
  • Four-way reversible pocket clip.


The Kershaw Cryo II is significantly larger than the Cryo I.

The Kershaw Cryo is quite the treat for those looking to get an inexpensive Rick Hinderer designed knife with a high-quality Kershaw build. The Cryo was awarded the "Best Buy of the Year" at 2012 Blade Show and it gets 2 thumbs up from us at Blade HQ.

The Cryo is a framelock knife with a Hinderer lockbar stabilizer. The assisted opening blade is deployed with a push of the ambidextrous thumb stud or flipper. The pocket clip is four-way reversible for multiple carry options, so the Cryo goes where you go!

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Customer Reviews

What a great knife!!!
Ed L. on May 8, 2016

My collection runs the gamut between "low end" to super high end. I have always liked Kershaw especially value per dollar, but the Cryo II (Tanto, blackwash) takes the value per dollar ratio to a whole new level!! Fit and finish is excellent, blade is centered perfectly and came razor sharp with absolutely NO blade at all! I will be buying more of these as soon as they are back in stock!!

Awesome knife.
William M. on Aug 3, 2015

I keep buying kershaw, and I am impressed. Tough, nice knife.

About this
Mylene S. on Feb 8, 2021

Its big enough to make the damage, thin and ergo feel is badass.. and it not bad on eyes .. not extra heavy neither.. all checks for me

Shame it was discontinued
Forrest W. on Oct 2, 2019

Got this baby as a birthday gift. Love it. At the time I didn't have any kershaw or tango's in my collection and I was dying for both. This thing met my needs. Love the assisted action. The ONLY thing I even remotely disliked was that on mine (I'm not sure if it was the same for all of them) if I tried to use the thumb studs, the assisted action would kick in and would flip the blade out and my thumb would end up on the edge with the blade against my thumb, almost cutting me. but I prefer using the flipper any how so it wasn't a big deal. If anything it's a good problem to have when you're assisted opening is too good. What could you expect from a hinderer design? this knife also kicked off my VERY short lived attempt to try and collect all of the kershaw blackwash series. I soon abandoned said pursuit after seeing just how many were in the series. Great knife overall, perfect medium-ish size, LOVE THE TANTO AND RECURVE COMBO.

Nice and sturdy
Earl E. on Dec 22, 2019

This is a really nice knife at the price. I love the blade shape. This one can take the abuse when you need a user beater knife. Heavy in the pocket but very comfortable to hold. A great user.

CRKT Cryo II - Blackwash Tanto
Ken R. on Sep 15, 2020

I love the look of the complete Blackwash look of both the blade and body. I was extremely happy to find this in a Tanto blade model. I like the Speedsafe assisted opening feature BUT after having messed with the Kershaw LINK and getting used to the Speedsafe feature on it, the Speedsafe on this Cryo II was pretty weak and rather sluggish. That's not to say that it won't deploy with the flipper is hit, just that it requires a bit more dedicated effort as it deploys slower ad lacks that "sound" of a fast deploy that you would get on the LINK. All in all, the Kershaw Cryo II is a really good knife. The Blackwash Tanto version that I ordered looks really nice and rough & tough, which is just what drew me to it . Now if you're looking for a more sophisticated version, I'd strongly suggest the Kershaw LINK 1776 in Gray aluminum and Blackwash blade.

Don't Buy Cryo II
Dan F. on Feb 27, 2021

I usually am a fan of Kershaw. I have owned and bought for family. Do not buy this knife. It has a difficult opening flipper action and does not even open all the way when you use the flipper. Very Disappointed. It's a beautiful looking knife but don't be deceived.

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