Sharp, strong, sleek, the Stainless-steel Kershaw Cryo Folding Knife is the result of a Rick Hinderer and Kershaw collaboration.
While this knife was designed with firefighters, police officers, and first responders in mind, it’s ideal for anyone needing a sturdy and reliable everyday carry including anglers or anyone who enjoys fishing.
- Compact 2.75" blade for everyday carry
- Razor sharp out of the box
- Durable steel adds resilience
- Secure frame locking system prevents accidents
- 4-position pocketclip provides versatility
- Skillfully crafted by Kershaw and Rick Hinderer
- SpeedSafe Assisted Opening system facilitates easy one-handed operating
- Titanium Carbo-Nitride coating assists in edge retention
- Lifetime Warranty
- Steel handle may be slippery when wet
- SpeedSafe torsion bar can be faulty
- 2.75" blade may hinder filleting large fish
Designed to Serve and Built to LastWe can’t express enough how special it is that the Cryo is a Rick Hinderer and Kershaw Collaboration.
It is vital to use a knife that feels like an extension of your hand when fishing so that you can maintain control of it more easily. Rick Hinderer’s first-hand experience as a first responder combined with his meticulous attention to details has yielded him a unique understanding of how to design knives that can accomplish the comfortable fit necessary when using a knife at sea.
Kershaw’s knives are known for being sturdy and reliable. Over the course of only five years, Kershaw knives won the “Overall Knife of the Year” award three times. The Kershaw Cryo Folding Knife is a model marriage of everything celebrated about both collaborators. It is aesthetically pleasing and tactical without sacrificing safety.
Safe and Secure for One-handed OperatingWe like the Kershaw Cryo Folding Knife because it’s durable, but we love it because it’s also safe to handle confidently. Kershaw’s pioneering SpeedSafe Assisted Opening system, as well as their secure frame locking system, are features cleverly designed into this knife.
What we love most about these two features is that they make operating this knife safer, faster, and simpler for left- or right-handed users. The SpeedSafe Opening system deploys the blade faster because the system only requires a light push or pull back of the flipper or thumb stud.
The secure frame locking system prevents the blade from closing prematurely by blocking the blade’s backend until you’re ready for the knife to close. To accomplish this, you merely need to push the frame to the side to unlock the blade then fold the blade back into the handle.
One fault of the SpeedSafe Assisted Opening system is that the torsion bar that is crucial for ensuring the system works has on occasion broken prematurely or malfunctioned. On the bright side, this has only been the case for a minute percent of users, and since this knife falls under Kershaw’s lifetime warranty policy, it can easily be replaced free of charge. The torsion bar for the SpeedSafe Assisted Opening system lasts for approximately 10,000 openings.
Stainless-Steel from Tip to End
The Kershaw Cryo Folding Knife is made of durable steel from the tip of its blade to its handle. Kershaw’s precision heat treated steel provides resilience to this knife that allows it to remain resistant to corrosion, eroding, rusting, and damage from abrasive or adhesive wear or use.
The Cryo’s steel blade is coated in Titanium Carbo-Nitride to assist in edge retention and further limit blade wear and corrosion from abrasives or corrosives such as water.
Clean Precision and Life-Saving Advantages
The steel blade of the Kershaw Cryo Folding Knife is 2.75″ long and straight-edged. This combination makes it an efficient multi-purpose tool for any fisherman. While using a longer blade may be more helpful when skinning or filleting your catch of the day, longer-bladed folding knives aren’t as practical for everyday carry.
A longer blade means the knife may not only be longer but possibly heavier and less manageable too. Making fire kindling, cutting fishing line, or protecting yourself if you’re ever facing a potentially life-threatening situation are all purposes for which you may prefer this smaller straight-edged blade.
Additionally, larger blades are harder to conceal and can be slower to deploy, so if you think you may be in a situation where survival is the difference between a matter of milliseconds, a folding knife with a smaller blade may be what you need.
There aren’t many disadvantages to medium-sized blades besides them being harder to fillet larger fish with, but straight-edged blades do have a few significant drawbacks. Straight-edged blades are ineffective for performing sawing motions or doing pull cuts. Additionally, straight-edged blades tend to be thicker than blades with serrated edges. However, straight-edged blades do have some notable advantages such as their ease of control and more accurate precision.
Tip-up or Tip-down You Decide
One feature that we love about this knife is its versatile 4-position pocketclip that enables you the ultimate freedom in carrying your knife. The Kershaw Cryo Folding Knife’s pocketclip is custom-fitted to its weight, size, style, and design, and allows tip-up or tip-down carry on both its left and right sides.
A Knife Worth Getting
Overall, the Kershaw Cryo Folding Knife is worth getting if you’re looking for an affordable blade you can carry every day that is excellently crafted for straightforward everyday tactical use.
The Kershaw Cryo Folding Knife
If you are interested in a Cryo knife of your own, it’s available online at Amazon or the official Kershaw online store.