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Kershaw 1556BW Cryo II Assisted Flipper 3-1/4" Blackwashed Plain Blade, Rick Hinderer Framelock Design

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Part Number: KS1556BW
Manufacturer: Kershaw Knives
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KS1556BW: 1556BW Blackwash Cryo II
Kershaw Knives

The popular Cryo II gets a BlackWash finish. BlackWash gives a knife that already-broken-in look—like your favorite pair of well worn jeans. But that's not all. It also provides an extra measure of protection for the metal and helps hide any additional scratches you may put on the knife during normal use.

The Cryo II is the result of collaboration between Rick Hinderer and the design and production engineers at Kershaw. The original Cryo (model 1555TI) was selected as a Blade Show “Best Buy” and was chosen as Men’s Journal Approved Gear.

Like all Cryos, this BlackWashed version is equipped with SpeedSafe assisted opening for smooth and easy one-handed opening. Access it with the built-in flipper or thumbstud.

The blade steel is heat treated to Kershaw’s exacting standards. The handle is stainless steel with a sturdy frame lock to securely lock the blade open during use. A Hinderer lockbar stabilizer ensures the lock doesn’t over-extend. For maximum carry flexibility and discretion, the BlackWash Cryo II includes a four-position deep-carry pocketclip.
  • SpeedSafe® Assisted Opening
  • Designed by Rick Hinderer
  • Frame Lock with Lockbar Stabilizer
  • Blackwash Finish
  • Thumb Studs and Flipper Mechanism
  • Deep Carry Pocket Clip, 4 Position
  • Blade Steel: 8Cr13MoV, Blackwash Finish
  • Handle Material: Stainless Steel, Blackwash Finish
  • Blade Length: 3-1/4"
  • Closed Length: 4-1/2"
  • Overall Length: 7-3/4"
  • Weight: 5.4 oz.
  • Made in China
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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Dylan G
Lake Worth, Fl
Jul 02, 2016
Pros: Lock Type, Lock Ease of Use, Pocket Clip, Weight, Handle Material, None
Cons: Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Overall Quality
okay knife for an okay price
its a good knife but i wish the steel held up a little better mine at least the tip is slightly bent and the blade is always getting little nicks correct me if i spelled that wrong but overall its an okay knife its not the best but its not bad either i would recommend it as a first knife for any new people
5 out of 5
Dec 07, 2015
Pros: Handle Feel, Overall Quality
Cons: None
awesome and affordable
I have a couple of the smaller Cryo's and wanted to try the bigger one. I was not disappointed. I'm not sure why it has both thumb studs and a flipper but the flipper works perfectly for me. Feels great in my hand and snaps open with perfect lockup. I love the look of this knife. It looks like a piece of well-made equipment.
5 out of 5
colorado springs
May 06, 2015
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.
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