Pros: Ease of Opening, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type
I bought this because I like the cryo so much that I wanted it's big brother. This knife is a monster, a little too big for EDC but I knew that before i bought it. I prefer the Delica 4 for this purpose, even though they are almost the same size this knife is fat and heavy. The cryo is a great size and function for EDC as well. Since there was only one Con I will say that first. This knife does not snap open as fast cryo. You can tell the assist is not stout enough for this behemoth, it is a little slow and will not snap open with the thumb assist, only the flip assist. However, I have used the heck out of it and it always has worked for me. Best part of the knife is thick construction, beyond the assist that is. This is very stout like a ZT. The knife is tight which is a great sign of quality, and the lock is as good as it gets. Big thick frame lock, this knife is staying locked until you release it period! I have the original cryo coating and the blackwash. I like both of them but love this blackwash, pay the extra money and get the blackwashed. The clip is deep carry and sturdy, it is very stout as well. yeah they could have done better maybe, but for 40 bucks this knife is an incredible deal. This knife has great protection from the blade for the user. You can see they made it so the frame will never fail, they have a security "button" so the frame lock will never go past the button. This feature is set up for long term use, when you unlock the knife you will never retrain the frame because it cannot go past the button, very smart some more expensive knives don't have this. I bought the cryo and about 2 seconds later I ordered the cryo II. I loved it so much I had to buy the other. I know I wont use it much because of the size, but it is one of my favorite knives and both of the are the best deals I have in my knife collection. I give it 5 stars for value and great thought to the construction. I could have knocked a star off for the spring part of the assist, but in light of how well this knife is built beyond that it is a very small con. This thing really sits my hand well, the one thing I have against the smaller cryo is that it doesn't. You really can't go wrong buying this knife, It is much more friendly then the Police Spyderco for everyday carry because it is no where as long, but it may be too thick for most guys taste for EDC. I do grab it for carrying because my town has no law against size, but when I travel I grab the smaller stainless delica4 serrated. This is now my second Kershaw, and I feel like I've been missing out on the brand. Very nice knives that are better quality then the price you pay.