Kershaw Cryo Review: A Hands-on Look Into This Pocketknife

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By Bryan Lynch •  6 min read

I have always carried a pocketknife on me and I always will. You just never know when the situation will call for this handy little tool. Heck, I have even been known to carry a pocketknife while wearing my pajamas.

Kershaw Cryo Pocketknife

I have owned several blades by Kershaw blades over the years and I have been happy with all of them. I have never been disappointed with Kershaw’s quality, cool and unique designs, and of course their affordable price points.

However, one blade I had not tried was the Kershaw Cryo. Since it was named as 2012’s Best Buy of the year by Blade Magazine, I thought I would finally give it a try, even if it has been eight years. So let’s see if what the Cryo has to offer and if it is right for you. 

Kershaw Cryo Review

Blade Material

The drop point, plain edge knife is made from 8Cr13MoV steel, which is affordable steel that holds an edge well. The blade is 2.75 inches long and 0.118 inches thick. The blade has a titanium Carbo-Nitride coating that increases blade hardness and a sharp cutting edge. This coating also gives the blade an overall layer of protection. 


The overall closed length of the knife is 3.75 inches and 6.5 inches when open. 


The handle is made from stainless steel, with a titanium carbo-nitride coating, and is 0.393 inches thick.

Weigh In

The Cryo weighs in at just 4.1 oz.


Quick deployment, with a fast one-handed flipper style opening along the spine of the handle. 

The locking system, two metal plates on both sides butt up against the blade preventing premature closure. 

Versatile pocket clip allows for carrying in a tip-up or tip-down position.

The back portion of the blade also features a thumb button on both sides for ambidextrous one-handed opening. 

What I Like

Upon taking this knife out of the box I was surprised by how “industrial” it looks. It has a grey, smooth matte finish with no grip marks to speak off. It kind of has the appearance that it was all stamped out of one piece of metal, which I oddly liked in this model.

The piece of metal sticking out of the handle spine has a nice steep angle to it, allowing an index finger to firmly press down to flip the blade open. 

The pocket clips are extremely tight. Almost too tight but I’m sure with use it will loosen up a bit. I am very confident that this knife will not be falling out of any pockets anytime soon, unlike some pocketknives. 

Once the flipper has been engaged, the knife quickly snaps open with a satisfying “click” sound that indicates it is locked into place. 

By pressing a part of the handle to the side, the blade becomes unlocked and closes. All of this is very easy to accomplish one-handed. 

Right out of the box this knife is razor-sharp. Sharp enough to dry shave an area of arm hairs away (I do not recommend this way to test sharpness) For the people who like seeing this test, I did conduct the paper test. Here is a picture of the thin slices that were produced by sliding this razor-sharp knife through a piece of paper. 

There are a few grooves on the back of the handle that extends out onto the spine of the blade that provides a comfortable resting position for your thump. These are also repeated on the underside of the handle just behind the finger guard. Both of these provide a bit of grip when using the knife.

When the blade is open, the piece that was used to flip the knife open rotates around to become a small finger guard. This helps to prevent your hand from slipping forward towards the blade when in use. 

I also like the open style of the handle. When the blade is open you will notice that you can see all of the way through the handle. This makes it lighter and easier to clean. 

The last thing that I like is the small lanyard hole at the end of the handle. Using a lanyard is a great way of keeping tools close at hand and ensuring they do not become lost. 

What I Don’t Like

When I first started using the flipper system for opening the knife it was very tight and somewhat hard to press down with just my index finger. But after opening and shutting it repeatedly, it got easier. I am not sure if this is because the mechanism loosened up slightly or I became more comfortable in its operation. 

This knife is sleek and smooth which is pleasing to the eye but there is minimal texture in which to provide any grip. 

The only other thing that I do not care for is the length of the handle. It is shorter than I initially thought. When I place the knife into my hand, the end of the handle ends up sitting almost in the middle of my palm. This leaves about an inch of space between the end of the handle and my hand. But this is a personal issue and will be a different experience between users. 

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Pictures I took of my Kershaw Cryo

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I hope you found this Kershaw Cryo review helpful. This is a winner!

It is affordable, easy to open, easy to close, sharp, sharp-looking, and comfortable when transferring between different types of handholds. If you are looking for another pocketknife that would be great for everyday carry (EDC), work, in a pack, in the glove box, on or off the trail and won’t break the bank, I recommend this cool little knife by Kershaw.

Thanks for reading and stay sharp!

Bryan Lynch

Bryan grew up in the Midwest and spent every waking moment outdoors. Learning how to hunt, fish, read the land, and be self-reliant was part of everyday life. Eventually, he combined his passions for the outdoors, emergency preparedness, and writing. His goal was to spread positive information about this field. In 2019, Bryan authored the book Swiss Army Knife Camping and Outdoor Survival Guide. His second book, Paracord Projects For Camping and Outdoor Survival, is scheduled to be released on March 2, 2021.