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Kershaw 1555Ti Cryo Assisted 2-3/4" Plain Blade, Rick Hinderer Framelock Design

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Part Number: KS1555TI
Manufacturer: Kershaw Knives
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KS1555TI: 1555Ti Cryo
Kershaw Knives

If you've been craving a Rick Hinderer knife, but couldn’t quite part with the bucks, your last excuse has just disappeared. The Cryo is the result of collaboration between Rick Hinderer and the design and production engineers at Kershaw. And we’re sure it will satisfy both your Hinderer craving and the demands of your wallet.

A classic Rick Hinderer design, the Cryo is built of pure stainless steel coated with matte gray titanium carbo-nitride for a no-fuss look that lets the design shine through. Like all Rick’s knives, the Cryo 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 Cryo offers a tough frame lock with lockbar stabilization. The Cryo also features Kershaw’s SpeedSafe assisted opening for fast and easy one-handed opening. Access it with either the built-in flipper or the thumbstud.

Slightly smaller than some Hinderer pocketknives, the Cryo is a superb knife for every day carry. 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 that’s destined to be the Hinderer for the rest of us.
  • Flipper- May be used on either manual or assisted opening knives. 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 with a manual push on the thumbstud or pull back on the flipper; built into many Kershaw best sellers.
  • Frame Lock - A portion of the handle (the knife frame) moves behind the blade to lock it into position during use. This is a safety feature of the knife.
  • Quad-carry- The user may position the pocketclip for tip-up or tip-down, left- or right-handed carry.
  • SpeedSafe assisted opening
  • Frame lock
  • Flipper and thumbstud
  • Quad-carry (tip-up/tip-down; left/right) pocketclip; deep-carry
  • Steel: 8Cr13MoV, titanium carbo-nitride coating
  • Handle: 410, titanium carbo-nitride coating
  • Blade length: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm)
  • Closed length: 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
  • Overall length: 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)
  • Weight: 4.1 oz.
  • Made in China

UPC Code: 087171033686

Frame Lock
Frame Lock
Developed by Chris Reeve, it functions like a liner lock but the lock is comprised of one of the handle scales. It's an extremely strong and easy to manipulate lock.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Steel Handles
Steel Handles
Stainless Steel knife handles provide strength and durability and look and feel great.
8CR13 Stainless Steel
8CR13 Stainless Steel
Considered a value steel, 8Cr13 steel provides adequate corrosion resistance but with slightly more carbon than AUS-8, it will sharpen up and hold an edge better.
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5 out of 5
West Grove, PA
Jan 28, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Great Knife
I did a little research before purchasing this knife, and given my needs and wants, I thought this knife would be a good fit. I'm using it for small tasks around the house, and am only putting a low amount of wear on it, but the knife is holding up perfectly. The weight of the knife is nice - light, but solid in your hand. The grip is comfortable and the open-assist is a nice plus.
4 out of 5
Mid Missouri.
Jan 04, 2016
Pros: Handle Material, Handle Feel, Lock Type, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Nice knife
Overall very nice knife. I don`t leave home without it. Holds a good edge and i like the easy opening design. Only problem i have had which was my fault. I was getting out of a truck the other day and caught the pocket clip on the seatbelt and snapped the clip off. Currently trying to find a replacement clip.
5 out of 5
Eric S
St. Louis, Mo
Dec 08, 2015
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Excellent knife and incredible bargain
Just opened the box and completed my first examination. I own several assisted knives and several autos and this one will be my EDC starting tomorrow. Before getting into the price aspect, let's talk about the knife itself. It's made in China, and it's very clean workmanship. All the pieces fit, and the hex - not allen - screws are well-set. The lanyard hole has a nice poly grommet to eliminate lanyard wear and chafing. The Ti finish is uniform, no light/dark areas on either the blade or the scales. The thumb jimping runs about an inch, half on the scales and half on the blade. The other area is on the opposite side of the scales under the user's last two fingers. This jimping is smoothly cut with chamfered edges so there's no sharpness or discomfort, but it still enables a firm modified saber grip or, if you're doing detail work, good blade control. The rear jimping compensates for the slick metal bolsters by putting a textured surface under your rear fingers. If you use a reverse grip, edge out, the rear jimping is now under your index and middle finger with the pinky tucked tight against the flipper tang for a good, solid squeeze. The blade has no wiggle at all. It's jammed in tight by the lock, and came from the box with a razor edge. When I get home I'll strop it just because, well, there's always room for improvement. The knife carries Kershaw's lifetime guarantee, including sharpening, which is a handy feature for an EDC that's going to be dinged around. I've seen this knife criticized for being too heavy at 4.2 ounces, but I like it with a little substance. I'd say it's just about right. My other two EDC knives are the Boker Kwaiken and the ZT 301, and after the new toy effect wears off, I'll be carrying them in rotation. For complaints on the weight of the Cryo, I'd point out that the Boker weighs a full ounce more, and the ZT tips the scales at about 8 1/2 ounces, or about double. The other comparison point is the opening; the Cryo is a Rick Hinderer design, like the ZT 301 and you can see the resemblance in the blade and bolster shape. The ZT opens like a bank vault door on sapphire bearings, and the Cryo just feels kind of "light" by comparison. The ZT cost roughly ten times the price of the Cryo, and that can compensate for a whole lot of "light," which is not to say there's anything wrong with the Cryo flip action, it's just different. If you've seen a ZT in pieces, there's a spring in there like a length of rebar, and it's moving a blade with around twice the mass of the Cryo so smoothly that you can lightly push the flipper tang and watch the ZT blade swing out in slo-mo. That's pretty impressive at $350, and out of the question at under $40. There are plenty of knives on the north side of $100 that have an unlikeable flipper mechanism, including the Boker, because you have to catch the tang just right or it's not going anywhere. The Boker has other compensating assets, and you can learn to use the flipper with practice, but right out of the box the Cryo has it beat on ease of operation. Last but not least is the clip. I saw early model complaints about the clip being eyecatching because of lettering, but Kershaw must have fixed that. On my model you have to look hard to see the logo, which is a nice touch. The clip's a deep one, too, so you can carry it in a tac vest or your heavy coat. I ordered this knife the other day for a stocking stuffer for my son, not knowing if I'd like it or not. Now that I've checked it out, I like the Cryo so much I'm keeping it, and giving him one just like it.
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