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Kershaw Cryo 2 Review

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Watch the expert videos for Kershaw 1555TI Cryo SpeedSafe Folding Knife.  If you’re not convinced that  Kershaw Cryo II is a best folding knife to own then our words below won’t sway you to make a purchase.  Quite frankly, we doubt if you’re even reading this part having opted to hit the buy button a long time ago.

Rarely, does a knife make such a lasting first impression but World renowned knife designer Rick Hinderer Kershaw Cryo II Folding Knife is a must own knife.

The Kershaw 1555TI Cryo SpeedSafe Folding Knife is 20% larger than the original award-winning Cryo, designed by Rick Hinderer. With its bigger 3.25-in. SpeedSafe-equipped blade, this classic design was built for those who just demand more from their pocketknife.

A classic Rick Hinderer design, the  Kershaw Cryo II is built of pure stainless steel coated with matte-grey titanium carbo-nitride for a no-fuss look that lets the design shine through. Like all Rick’s knives, the Cryo II benefits from Rick’s real world experience as a fire fighter and EMT. It’s designed to be a sturdy knife that’s still aesthetically pleasing and feels good in the hand.

For secure blade lock up, the Kershaw Cryo 2 specs feature a tough frame lock with lockbar stabilization. The Cryo also comes with Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening for fast and easy one-handed opening. Access it with either the built-in flipper or the thumbstud.

Though it’s a larger knife, the Kershaw Cryo II is remarkably slim and rides comfortably deep in the pocket thanks to our deep-carry clip. EDC this guy for a while and we think you’ll soon appreciate its virtues. You get the tactical, hard-use looks you’re looking for, a Hinderer design, and SpeedSafe opening in this amazingly affordable Kershaw Folding Knives that’s destined to be the Hinderer for the rest of us.

Kershaw 1556TI Cryo II Folding Knife features:

Flipper: The “flipper” is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the user can pull back on, or flip, in order to move the blade easily out of the handle.

SpeedSafe: Assists you to open any SpeedSafe knife quickly and easily.

Frame Lock: The knife frame moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use.

Quad-carry: The user may position the pocket clip for tip-up or tip-down, left- or right-handed carry.

Note: The lockbar goes under the blade as designed. It doesn’t sit centered exactly and this is how the item is designed.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin:  USA
  • ASIN: B00AU6NWP4
  • Item model number: 1556TI

Customer Reviews

Outstanding value.

 on August 15, 2016
By Skyler76
For the money, you just cannot go wrong.

Great knife, smooth lines, no sharp edges except the one that matters, and smooth opening.

 on December 29, 2016
By Zeno
Just received this knife. I spent a long time trying to decide on a replacement for my S&W SWAT of similar size.

THE Perfect EDC Knife

 on March 8, 2017
By Mr. Big
This Cryo II is very nearly the perfect EDC knife. It’s not too big, it’s not too small, it doesn’t make a huge lump in your pocket and the pocket clip can be mounted tip up OR tip down. I’m using it tip up. It also have a very nice feel to it in your hand and has a nice heft to it as well (good weight). The blade deploys VERY quickly and it locks up just as quickly, with zero blade play and no wobble.

4 stars CUTS it a little too much. GREAT KNIFE, except…

 on October 18, 2017
By Willie D
UPDATE 12-22-2017: After carrying this beauty, with the thumb studs removed, and having sharpened it twice now with 800 and 1000 grit water stones, I have to upgrade this one to 5 STARS! It holds it’s edge VERY well, and the balance and low profile ride are top-notch! The knife looks as good as new after using it daily for a couple of months. NO VISABLE WEAR AT ALL!! VERY GOOD work and design KERSHAW! GET ONE PEOPLE, these are great priced carry pieces. Strong, durable, stays sharp, all I could ask for in a knife I would gladly have paid double the price for!

Kershaw Cryo II – Excellent budget copy of Hinderer XM-18 design

 on February 6, 2015
By zanypoet
Edit (4/15/16): Well, I couldn’t leave well enough alone; therefore, I took out the torsion bar and plate that comprise the SpeedSafe mechanism and turn it into a manual flipper. It’s bit sluggish to deploy with flipper alone but it snaps open fine with thumb studs. Although the Cryo I is fine as is with SpeedSafe mechanism, I like this bigger Cryo better without the assist open mechanism.

In this price range, almost a great knife.

 on February 22, 2017
By Roger S.
The four star rating is not for knives in general, but for knives in this price range. The knife is almost perfect, the flipper action is very quick for a blade this heavy. The thumb studs are useless, much to hard to operate. I have found this to be true on most Kershaw assisted open knives. They should just eliminate them and cut down on some weight and bulk. The only other flaw, also on most Kershaw knives is the very shallow cutout for access to the frame lock, (this also goes for their liner lock designs). This could easily be remedied by kershaw. There are so many knives on the market that have very generous cutouts on the opposing side to give easy access to either liner or frame locks.

Good but not great.

 on April 3, 2017
By Hawaiian Iron
This is an out of the box review of my first impressions of the Cryo 2. After reading all the positive reviews on this knife I was really expecting a lot and for the most part I’m happy with what I got.

Perfect fit

 on December 4, 2015
By Amazon Customer
It’s not as big as everyone makes it seem. Fits the hand perfectly and I can’t feel it clipped to my pocket. I like it. Will definitely buy another knife from this brand.

Great, cheaper alternative to the (wonderful) Kershaw Blur.

 on October 27, 2017
By Lorenzo Gonzalez
Very happy with this knife. I transitioned from the more expensive Blur, which I just couldn’t afford to keep losing. And besides, the Blur thumbstud is crazy sharp and would frequently scrape a nasty cut into the back of my hand when I tried to dig something out of my pocket without pulling the knife out first. The Cryo II has a smoother thumbstud. And honestly, I’ve transitioned to using the flipper anyway – something the Blur did not have, and not something I expected to like so much.