Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Not just a poor mans Hinderer
First of all I will spoil the review right now and say this is the BEST $30 folding knife on the market in my opinion. I was a custom knife maker (bladesmith3 is my handle not my blade mark. most people know me by my handle) for almost 40 years before I broke my neck and lost most of the use of my right arm. Now I just enjoy using knifes. Yes I have dozens of high end and hand made knives. I am not saying that the CRYO II 1556BW is better. I am saying that it is great in it's own right. This knife rocks!! I love the blackwash finish and the assisted flipper is wonderful with my disability. Mine came super sharp and well centered. Many of my friends (all of them knife people) have purchased one after holding it in their hands for about a minute. That says a book worth. I have used it as an EDC for a few weeks now. I actually love the weight and the correct amount of jimping. The blade shape and the strong lockup make this useful for most tasks. the blackwash finish lets you use and sharpen this knife without feeling guilty. Heavy use just gives it more character. Is it perfect? No. I carry blade up. The clip rides lower on the knife so too much knife rides out of your pocket. So it needs a higher mounting on the point up side. I would also like a deep carry clip instead of the one it comes with. (also the clip needs to be blackwashed. I aged my clip in just 2 minutes with a scotch brite pad. Looks great) Do yourself a favor and buy one of these.