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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Like most Kershaws this is great quality. I love this knife. It's a little larger than the original which is great. No blade play with it and the action is very good. It fits very well into the hand and the pocket clip is fantastic. I love the deep pocket style of this clip. Very low profile when clipped. Overall fantastic knife and great quality especially for $30 some dollars.
I originally bought the Kershaw Blur, but liked it so much it's now put away in my collection. Some might think the Blur's not that great of a knife but I concur, there's something about it that I just couldn't bring myself to use it. I then heard about the Cryo II and how it's an affordable way to own a knife designed by Hinderer. Most of his product lines are reserved for ZT, so I was excited to order it. I didn't buy the original Cryo because of its small size, but the second version looked perfect, and I wasn't disappointed. Here are the things I like and dislike about the knife: Pros: ZERO blade play Solid construction, built for heavy use Spring assisted flipper (pro for me) Flexible pocket clip positioning (deep too) Hinderer design Backed by Kershaw's solid warranty Great frame-lock that's about 50% Brass washers (instead of Teflon) Ergonomic design, comfy in the hand Cons: Heavy Made in China Blade material could have been nicer Spring assisted (con for some people) At $35 the Cryo II is a decent purchase, but if you can find it cheaper than it's a no brainer. I bought mine for $25 and I couldn't be happier.
After a couple years of using this knife every day in the shop and just around life, I can honestly say it is one of the most valuable knives in my collection (and I have many much more expensive knives in my collection). Assisted open is great for one handed operation. It’s a little heavy, but that doesn’t bother me like it does other knife users. Frame lock has always worked perfect. Finish is getting a few hot spots, but very durable. The steel is 8cr13mov... just fine for the price. Maintaining the edge never bothered me, and it’s always super sharp when I need it. Deep carry clip is awesome. Love it... I need to buy another!
This was my first "real knife" and what got me into loving knives. I love it and still carry it today. My only regret is I wish I had gotten the D2 blade steel version...
very durable EDC. a little on the heavy side though. really good for a beater folder
This is a great small EDC blade. Easy to Carry. The assist works well with this knife.
I have a cryo, but sometimes it was too small for what i needed, so I decided to go with her big brother, the cryo 2 and now i cam say that for almost the same price you get twice the fun! Only con is the blade steel, 8Cr13MoV easy to dull but easy to sharpen as well
I bought this knife a good while ago and I haven't really carried it too often because I'm not a big fan of the stainless handles. But that's just me. I'm more of a G-10 or FRN/GFN handle kinda guy. Overall, the steel is ok and the construction is pleasing to the eye. Its a good little flipper knife for EDC.
I’ve bought this knife twice and both times the spring broke. If not for that I’d give it 5 and say it’s an awesome knife.
Heavy for its size. Lacks grip when hands are wet. But for the price pretty good.
Bought as a beater knife, after about 2 weeks the speed safe spring flew out and is yet to be found. I can only recommend as a spare to keep in the car as opposed to an EDC. I don’t regret buying, although i would not replace if lost.
This thing is heavy. I carried it on camping trips and it functioned well although a short while later the assist spring broke. I wish it wasn't open assisted.
Really cool looking knife and the blade flies open with authority. Loved it when I first got it. It is really too heavy for EDC (for me). The blade pivot screw loosened to the point it almost fell out. Even when screw is tightened there is too much blade movement. For $40 I would find something else (Volt II w/non-serrated blade?).
I absolutely loved this knife, then the assisted opening spring broke. BHQ was awesome, they sent me a brand new one. And it was also awesome, until it's spring broke after a few days of use. I also have a Cryo 1 and this doesn't seem to be an issue. I understand that both versions use a lot of the same parts. Maybe the Cryo 2 is too big of a knife for the Cryo 1's spring. I gave up after the second one. I dont understand how I see reviews and videos about people using their Cryo 2 for years, without anyone complaining about the spring. Its sad because, as I have said, I absolutely LOVED this knife.