This weekend our special comes from the ever-popular Cryo line of assisted opening folders, the first collaboration between Kershaw Knives and custom knifemaker Rick Hinderer. This is one of Kershaw’s better import knives, and probably about the best price you’re ever going to get on a genuine Hinderer design. Its overall value and medium size makes it a perfect EDC. Like the Ontario Rat 2 and the Spyderco Persistence, this is one of those knives that everybody should have in their collection.
The two most frequent modification requests Kershaw received for the Cryo were for G10 handles and a blackwash finish. With this new 1555G10BW, Kershaw has happily obliged. The handle is a blackwash stainless steel with a G10 face scale, giving this a much more substantial grip and lighter weight than previous iterations. The ergonomic shape feels pretty comfortable to hold, and doesn’t get as lost in large hands as some other mid-size knives. A bit of light jimping at the top gives your thumb pretty solid purchase. A sturdy framelock rounds out the rugged construction of the handle.
Blade is deployed via the flipper, and opens swiftly and solidly thanks to the Ken Onion SpeedSafe assisted opening mechanism. This model also sports dual thumb studs as an alternate opening mechanism, but the flipper works the smoothest. You can see some of Rick Hinderer’s aesthetic hallmarks in the 2.75″ drop-point blade. Steel is the 8Cr13MoV typical to Kershaw knives in this tier. The new blackwash finish gives the whole package a stylish yet tactical look that wears well over time.
The pocketclip on this Cryo boasts four way positioning, allowing for left or right side carry in either tip up or tip down. This is a smooth deep-carry pocketclip that slides on easily and lets the knife ride comfortably and discreetly.
Overall, the Kershaw Cryo 1555G10BW is a terrific upgrade to what was already an excellent design, and a great option for a beater EDC. To learn more about this knife, click here. To see our entire inventory, visit knifecenter.com