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

Item #BHQ-21517
MSRP: $78.53
Our Price: $51.95
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  • Overall Length: 7.75"
  • Blade Length: 3.25"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.11"
  • Blade Material: 8Cr13MoV
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Hollow
  • Finish: Acid Wash
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.375"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.38"
  • Handle Material: Stainless Steel
  • Color: Gray
  • 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: 1556BW
  • Designer: Rick Hinderer
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

  • Black stonewashed 8Cr13MoV stainless steel drop point 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

Plenty enough large, and a fine knife!
Douglas S. on Aug 11, 2020

I own both the Cryo & Cryo II. Great knives for the money!!! Solid build, "0" blade play when open, and the handsome black stone wash reminds me of a more expensive blade. Smooth all around. Opens nicely, definitely meant for some business. Frame lock engages perfectly and releases with assuring firmness also. Solid in the hand with good balance. Sharp, don't slice yourself! The Cryo II gets as many stars as they let me give. Get one of these Hinderer's asap.You will enjoy this one like I do!!

cool knife
Manuel l. on Jan 19, 2018

very good looking knife. a must have

Not bad for first EDC
Mathew H. on Feb 24, 2019

This was my first EDC knife and it served me well for a few years. It's a little heavy and large but it came sharp out of the box and was easy to sharpen. The blackwash look also hid any scratches or marks from carrying it all the time.

what that guy said
Tim D. on Feb 10, 2018

This is definitely a cool knife. I love the look and feel of the knife, although it's a bit slick and heavy. The flipper is smooth and fast, this is my first Kershaw flipper so I don't have a frame of reference. Overall, solid.

Great beater knife. Also a great for first time knife users or gifts.
Jodie P. on Jan 5, 2018

I've had this same knife for 2 years now as my daily edc driver and it has been pretty good. I use it for boxes mostly and sometimes for shapping wood in the shop. I will say though, around the 1st week of getting it the lubricant in the knife dried up and now there's a loose peice (which I still haven't re-lubricated yet) of I think is the spring just tingling around in the knife. All round though, a great first knife, a cheap replacement, or great for gifts.

Better than you would expect
Greg W. on Feb 4, 2015

Kershaw seems to have a good bead on building nice quality knives for a very good price. I feel like with the Cryo II you definitely get more than you pay for. It's far from perfect, but it's a great looker, and very solid. The blackwash look is great for this knife, giving it a false patina that compliments it well and will hide little scrapes and nicks for a long time. The size of the II vs. the regular Cryo suited my hand better. The deployment is not quite as quick as the smaller version, but with the spring assist, there is no need for wrist action to deploy the blade confidently. The handle seems a bit on the narrow side, but is broad and has excellent gimping. The liner lock is strong and has a lockbar stabilizer to keep you from accidentally over extending it when unlocking - which could actually happen with this knife, as the lockbar is very stiff. There is a bit of a rattle at the back end of mine where the lanyard hole is, but it's not anything that bothers me too much, especially given the price. Nice sharp blade, good looking drop point, great price. Only a slightly higher quality execution would have raised this rating to 5 stars

Wouldn't recommend it
Jeff S. on May 18, 2018

It is kinda heavy and mine had a few problems... first the pocket clip kept bending and wouldn't hold its shape. The worse part was that the frame lock didn't come over enough to hold the blade open. It would close if there was a little pressure put on the back of the blade. Not too good on the fingers.

Good for your first EDC
Miguel L. on Jan 15, 2018

Even when I knew nothing about knives I didn't like this one so much. The ergos are not so comfortable, a little heavy for its size (although I like heavy knives) but steel heavy, not titanium heavy. Also the action feels a little slow compared to other Kershaws. The thumb stud is way way too uncomfortable. Not for me.

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