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Today Luke is reviewing the Kershaw Cryo II Pocket Knife which happens to be his knife of choice (daily carry) for many reasons.
Easy to Sharpen
Link : https://www.amazon.com/Kershaw-1556TI-3-25-inch-Carbo-Nitride-4-Position/dp/B00AU6NWP4
Price : $30.96 –
Weight : 5.5oz –
I don’t remember how long ago it was, a number of years, a viewer sent me this knife and it has been in my pocket ever since. It’s likely that there are a million videos on this knife out there as it has been on the market for some time but I thought that I would share with you all what I personally carry.
· SpeedSafe® assisted opening
· Frame lock, lockbar stabilizer
· Flipper and thumbstud
· 4-position deep-carry pocketclip (tip-up/tip-down; left/right)
· Steel: 8Cr13MoV, titanium carbo-nitride coating
· Handle: 410 stainless steel, titanium carbo-nitride coating
· Blade length: 3.25 in. (8.3 cm)
· Closed length: 4.4 in. (11.1 cm)
· Overall length: 7.75 in. (19.7 cm)
· Weight: 5.5 oz. (155.9 g)
Quality : The Cryo 1 is a good knife but it has always felt a bit small to me. The Cryo 2 is perfect in my opinion and it has enough weight to feel substantial. Not too heavy, not too light. I personally wouldn’t want to go any heavier than this. I like the gray titanium color. The blackwash version of this knife is around $5 more expensive but it does look good.
Blade : Out of the box, very sharp. Thanks to the steel, it is also easy to sharpen which I have had to do a number of times over the years. The back of the blade isn’t capable of throwing sparks. The coating does not flake or peel off. I have used this on many apples without issues. The worst that I have heard happens with the coating is that it rubs off or fades over time. The sharpening angle is 18 – 22 degrees. Kershaw offers free lifetime sharpening.
The blade has withstood all of the abuse which I have put it through;
Cutting, wood work, rope cutting, weedeater string, wire cutting, screwdriver work, wire cutter, and everything else.
The steel is good, not the best but it shouldn’t be for the price.
Budget Chinese steel
Hallow Grind on the blade.
Blade is perfectly centered
Never had an issue with locking or unlocking.
No play play – no wiggle
Wipes open due to a spring; excellent speed
Opening : Exceptionally easy and satisfying!
Thumb stud hasn’t destroyed my pockets even after all of these years. That’s a testimate to the knife and to my pants. The thumbstud is next to the framelock for left handed users. Doable but not as elegant as the other side.
Grip : Excellent, no issues with slipping. Gimping on the blade is very usable. Handle: 410 stainless steel, titanium carbo-nitride coating
Gimping on top and bottom for control over the blade
Finger guard at the bottom;
The knife is thin.
Pocket Clip : Excellent quality and there are four positions with a torque bit
Doesn’t rip your pants up
Doesn’t fallout EVER
Issues : As far as mine goes, I haven’t had any with years of use. I have seen a constant complaint of breaking pocket clips.
This is an incredible bargain and I would easily purchase this knife again if I had to. I like this knife so much that if I had to pick one pocket knife, it would be this one. It’s sharp, strong, looks good, and it is fast! Concealable, good weight. All of these factors make for the best EDC knife that I have ever used. Very thin!
This is my edc blade. This is my backpacking knife. This is my secondary bushcraft knife.
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