Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Weight, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Lock Type
I'm a big fan of Rick Hinderer. That being said, I prefer manual knives - especially EDC knives 3" and shorter. Small blades are just harder to engineer, and assisted flippers are even harder. One of the biggest problems with Rick Hinderer's Cryo is it's frame lock design. It's stiff, heavy, and hard to manipulate - a common problem for small production frame locks. The CQC-2k, unfortunately, is no different.I don't understand the decision to use frame locks on small knives. A liner lock or strip lock can be lighter, easier to manipulate, and plenty tough for your budget EDC needs.The CQC-2k's washers aren't terribly smooth, the frame lock is tight, and overall, it's heavy for its size. That being said, I love the blade shape (it came razor sharp, by the way), I like how it feels in the hand, and I'm admittedly partial to the wave/thumb disc combination.In many ways, it reminds me of the Emerson Patriot, my current EDC of choice (along with the CQC-15) - only smaller. Handle ergos are good, and cheap G10 is better than no G10, but I can't help feeling like Emerson intentionally scaled some of these designs back so they didn't cannibalize his sales.Also, I love clip points, Bowie knives, and recurves, so this knife just makes sense for me. Even if 8cr13mov can't compare to 154 cm, it takes an edge well and sharpening is easy. The knife is well made, I'd expect nothing less from Kershaw, but it's clear this is from their budget line - and after using it, sometimes I feel guilty for not using my Emerson (they are made to be used, folks).Overall, it's not great but it's worth owning - and it's a good value, especially as a keychain knife (which is exactly how I carry it).