The Kershaw Cryo is a hefty all metal folder, with a beefy modified drop point 2 3/4" blade and a thick tang. In looking for a spring assisted blade, I wanted a sub $50 folder with a blade less that 4", that could be used for every day carry and I would not go into deep depression if i lost it. While it took me some getting used to having an automatic knife in my pocket (not wanting a surprise vasectomy), I liked the solid lock up of the Cryo and the heft at a little over 4 ounces, and 3 3/4" closed.
|Cryo Closed: note the 4 way carry option|
Based on a Rick Hinderer design, who is known for advanced tactical blade designs, the blade steel is 8Cr13MoV Chinese made steel and it has held its edge to still shaving sharp. This is impressive, considering it generated a softball size amount of pine shavings for outdoor fires in the Black Hills. Yes, pine is a soft wood, but I did not go easy on the blade and it had the feel of a fixed blade in its solidity and lack of flex at the pivot point.
|Note the thick liner lock and deep jimping|
The Cryo has a liner lock that covers over half of the tang when in the open position. It was stiff at purchase, but has worn in nicely: it still opens quick and engages fully with no lateral blade travel. The jimping on the back of the blade allows some choking up on the blade and the handle is comfortable and feels natural in the palm. The pocket clip is a four way option and is very tight in the pocket. I levered mine slightly so that it would be tight but allow easy removal and replacement on my left pocket.
|A Stout and Strong Folder with Clean Lines|
This knife is a well made folder, with a strong blade, that holds an edge. Although I prefer domestic steel, the imported steel allows an acceptable price point. With a strong list of pros and few cons, the Kershaw Cryo earns a ESO Must Buy award. .