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Kershaw 1556BW Cryo II Assisted 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 while using chromium oxide to create a rust-resistant barrier.
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George Y
Apr 13, 2015
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Kershaw 1556BW Cryo II Assisted 3-1/4"
Nice knife, solid quality, nice look with the Blackwashed blade, I will probably buy more... George
5 out of 5
Kyle B
Apr 10, 2015
Pros: Pocket Clip, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Lock Type
Cons: Blade Sharpness, None
I was really interested in the original size then I heard about the larger version. One I looked at it, it was a must have. Really thin and solid feeling with zero blade play. No regrets on my end.
5 out of 5
Michael H
Troy, Mi
Apr 10, 2015
Pros: Handle Material, Blade Material, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Lock Type
Cons: None
Made in China
This knife fits my hand well. The blade holds an edge for about a week. It looks good. No sharp corners or rough edges where they shouldn't be. It opens quick and clean. If this tool was made in the USA it would cost four times as much. I have many, made in USA, knives and no matter what the blade material is, they all get dull. This is the best, no nonsense, working mans EDC that I've seen in a long time.
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