Kershaw Hinderer CRYO Knife Review (video below)

Mini power tank is what comes to mind when I utilize this knife.  It has the feel of a small army tank with stealth and rock climbing power.  There’s just this aura of Metal Weapon 3 video game manliness that comes with this knife.  Oooooof!

We’ll start with Rick Henderer.  He’s a world renowned custom knife maker that I’ve never heard of, but that’s not saying anything. I guess this guy makes these types of assisted open knives that look like they should have the leading role in a combat video game. 

The Cryo is supposed to be custom fit to those of us who can’t afford one of his knives.  Here’s a link to Rick’s site if you’d like to learn more: http://www.rickhindererknives.com/  And here’s the link to this knife on Kershaw’s site:  http://kershaw.kaiusaltd.com/knives/knife/cryo

It was Blade Magazine’s 2012 Best Buy of the Year.  And I gotta tip my steel lid to that because not only is if functional, and affordable at under $30.00, it’s also cool and rugged as the knife hero in my imaginary video game – Metal Weapon 3, carries.

So, back to the knife review.

Here’s the dirt (aka specs)
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

 

The TripleF (Fit, Finish and Functionality) – 9.1
I like the design, look and feel.  The framelock is spot on!  The fit and finish and color is military! It’s 21st Century.  It’s tank. 

Everything is tight.  No wobble or play. Blade is razor sharp right out of the box.  
Pocket clip is flush (tip down) on the pants pocket – none of the knife is seen, and if you’re wearing black pants it’s hard to see the clip hanging over.
As I mention in the “Accessibility” section below, the thumb stud / pocket clip didn’t jive in the use of the knife so I’m lowering the score in the TripleF section.
I like the “quad” carry. I do.  I like options. 

 

Accessibility – 8.5

The Cryo incorporates the Ken Onion SpeedSafe assisted open design, NOT the manual flipper the Skyline has, and is stand up and shout when you press on it!  Knice!

The main curve ball I experienced was the freaking thumb studs prevented a smooth exit from my pocket.  Because of the slimness and close to the frame position of the pocket clip that left little room between the clip and the thumb stud, making a serious resistance when pulling off my pocket lip.  After a few days into the review I removed the thumb studs and the problem almost ceased.  I say “almost” because the pocket clip on this knife is still a little too flush to the frame and when you squeeze the clip and the knife to lift the knife you’re essentially squeezing the clip to the frame.  I eventually changed my lift to slipping my pointer finger nail under the bottom of the clip to create a little “release” before extracting the knife from my pocket!

So, out of the box, with the thumb studs intact, the Cryo was a PITA for me to access. Since I removed them, it’s been a little easier, but the accessibility of ease is what I’m in search of.  I want my pocket clip knife to opened in mili-seconds, not stalled in turn one….ya know….

I’ll tell ya, I almost abandoned this review because I couldn’t get the knife off my pocket lip….that was a major steel bumble to me. 

Now I carry the knife tip up and the thumb stud isn’t an issue.

 

Collectability – 8.8
The Cryo incorporates a custom knife maker’s mental energies (Rick Henderer), so…..it pushes the knife to the head of the class, in my opinion.  Offering the knife in different colors such as: digital camo, dessert camo, or pink may add to the collectability! I think the collectability value would be increased were it made in the USA, then if that were the case, it’d be more expensive…..

 

Value – 10.0
When you can purchase a Kershaw product accompanied by the thoughts and directions of a custom knife maker for less than $30.00 that a Magna Steel Sahlute right there!
  

 

Final Steel Sahlute Score – 9.1

 

 

To conclude…….

I’ve got to give the utmost in steel sahlute magna gigundous props to Kershaw Knives for having me as one of their 10 or 12 knife reviewers for 2012.  It was a real pleasure to be selected and a thril reviewing their knives!

Steel Sahlute Kershaw! Hoooooooooooo- Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

Scott

 

 

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