Kershaw Cryo II Pocket Knife - Model 1556TI
Kershaw Cryo II Pocket Knife, Model 1556TI is improved version of original and very popular Kershaw Cryo pocket knife. It features stainless steel blade and handle with Titanium Carbo-Nitride (TiCN) coating for improved durability, toughness, edge retention, corrosion resistance etc. Kershaw Cryo II is compact and relatively lightweight knife, that can be very useful in many situations and is often used as EDC pocket knife.
Kershaw 1556TI Cryo II offers great value at the reasonable price for any outdoors enthusiast, like fishermen, hunter, camper etc, but also for military, emergency and similar services.
Kershaw 1556TI Cryo II - Features and Specifications
Kershaw 1556TI Cryo II blade is 3.25 inches (8.3 cm) long and is made using 8Cr13MoV stainless steel. This Chromium, Molybdenum, Vanadium steel is stainless steel with good edge retention and overall good toughness.
Handle is made using 'classic' 410 stainless steel. Both the blade and the handle feature Titanium Carbo-Nitride (TiCN) coating for increased corrosion resistance, durability and toughness. Also, it looks good :)
Folded knife length is 4.4 inches (11.1 cm) and overall unfolded length is 7.75 inches (19.7 cm).
Knife weighs 5.5 ounces (~156 grams) and can be carries easily in the pocket, backpack, or similar.
Kershaw Cryo II pocket knife comes with several, very interesting features, including:
- 'SpeedSafe Assisted Opening' assists the user to open the knife with one hand quickly and easily with a pull back on the flipper or manual push on the thumb stud.
- 'Flipper' is a protrusion on the back of the blade that the user can pull back on (or flip, hence the name), in order to unfold the blade easily out of the handle. Also, the flipper may be used for either manual or assisted blade opening.
- 'Frame Lock' is a safety feature of the knife. The knife frame (a portion of the handle) moves behind the blade to lock it safely into the position during use.
- '4-Position Deep-Carry Pocket Clip' allows the user to position the pocket clip in 4 different position for tip-up or tip-down, left- or right-handed carry.
Kershaw 1556TI Cryo II also features lanyard hole - if the knife is going to be used on the boat, do yourself a favor and attach the rope with the float being able to carry 6-7 ounces on the surface - this is a very nice knife and it would be a pity to lose it overboard.
Kershaw Cryo II Pocket Knife (1556TI) vs Kershaw Cryo Folding Knife (1555TI)
Kershaw Cryo II and it older 'bruder' Kershaw Cryo are two very similar folding pocket knife. Both knives feature 8Cr13MoV steel blades and 410 steel handles with Titanium Carbo-Nitride (TiCN) coating for additional protection.
Main difference is in dimensions, with Kershaw Cryo II being larger and heavier:
- blade length: 3.25 inches (8.3 cm) vs 2.75 inches (7 cm),
- folded length: 4.4 inches (11.1 cm) vs 3.75 inches (9.5 cm),
- overall length: 7.75 inches (19.7 cm) vs 6.5 inches (16.5 cm),
- weight: 5.5 ounces (156g) vs 4.1 ounces (116g).
Kershaw Cryo II feels more sturdier and stable in the hand, but it is also approximately ~25% heavier.
Kershaw Cryo comes with features that are present on Kershaw Cryo II too, like Flipper, SpeedSafe Assited Opening, Frame Lock and 4-Position Deep-Carry Pocket Clip.
Long Story Short: Kershaw Cryo II Pocket Knife - Model 1556TI is not as durable as large 'Rambo-style' knives and is perhaps not as good as survival knife as some customized designs.
However, it is aesthetically good looking knife that feels great in the hand and it comes at great price. It is relatively lightweight, safe to use, easy to maintain - it has everything that user can ask and expect from EDC pocket knife.
If you are looking for good and durable, compact pocket knife from trusted knife maker, consider this model. Also, if you need even more compact model, with slightly shorter blade, consider 'older' Kershaw Cryo 1555TI model.