I picked up one of Kershaw’s newest offerings today. It is the 1555TI Cryo. This is one of their knives that they brought out this year. It is made in China and cost $32 from Amazon at the time of this writing. Here’s the description from their website:
This is a classic Rick Hinderer design, but built in pure steel with matte grey titanium carbo-nitride coating on both blade and handle. The Cryo opens quickly with SpeedSafe assisted opening. Access it with the built-in Flipper or thumbstud. A sturdy framelock with lockbar stabilization ensures a solid lockup. This amazingly affordable Kershaw is destined to be the Hinderer for the rest of us.
The Cryo features a 8Cr13MoV steel blade with a stainless steel handle both with a “titanium carbo-nitride coating”. It also features a four position low rider clip to accommodate folks who are right or left handed with tip up or down carriage options. Kershaw also includes their “SpeedSafe” assisted opening design on this knife. The “SpeedSafe” design makes use of a piano wire torsion spring that helps keep the knife closed and assists in opening the knife. When the knife is opened a little past a quarter of the way, the blade is pushed out and into the locked position by the spring. Since the user is responsible for getting the blade to the quarter open position, it is not considered an automatic knife. When the knife is opened a section of the frame moves behind the blade to keep it locked into position. When it is time to close the knife, the section of the frame is pushed out of the way allowing the knife to close.
Here are some measurements on the knife:
Length Closed: 3.8″
Length Open: 6.5″
Max Height Closed: 1.33″
Scale Thickness: 0.37″
Thickness with Clip: 0.62″
Max Blade Thickness: 0.12″
Blade Length: 2.75″
Blade Sharpened Length: 2.65″
Weight: 4.2 oz
Clip Screw Size: T6 Torx
The coating on the entire knife and blade is evenly applied and smooth. Any spots you see in the pictures is probably lint. The knife was sharp out of the box, easily slicing paper, as I’ve come to expect from Kershaw. Initially, the knife was a little stiff to open but it has now broken in some and opens quickly with a satisfying click. The knife feels solid and well made. It has a hefty feel to it though I don’t find the weight burdensome.
Here’s what comes in the box.
The thumb studs look nice but I much prefer the flipper. When I try to use the thumb studs the knife only partially opens and my thumb ends up on the blade. I have no issue with the thumbstuds on my Kershaw Blur. Still, others might have more luck than I.
The blade is well centred in the closed position.
The additional threaded holes allow the clip to be moved from one side of the knife to the other or to the top or bottom allowing for tip up or tip down carriage. The clips screws are Torx size T6.
The black disk in the center of the back of the knife is a “Lock Bar Stabilizer.” According to the link, it “prevents the accidental over travel of the lock bar when closing the knife.”
Here’s the knife in the open position.
Here’s the knife information on the blade. Kershaw is excellent about letting you know what kind of steel is used in the blade and where it was manufactured.
Here’s a picture showing the frame lock. Engagement is very positive and results in no movement of the blade.
Overall the knife is very well finished. Shown below, in the two pictures of the jimping, is the only place where the manufacturing is poorer than might be expected. This is much less noticeable on the knife in person. Still, I thought I’d point it out. I’m not sure if it is only my copy that is this way or not. Either way, I’m not worried about it as it is a pretty small defect on an otherwise excellently manufactured knife.
Here’s a comparison of the knife to Kershaw’s Blur (top) and Leek (bottom).
Overall, I’d say the knife if a good value. It is well made and pretty cheap for what you’re getting. I’d say the knife is manufactured well with the only issue being the areas in the jimping. If you’re the least bit interested in it, give it a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. If you are then maybe you need to check out Kershaw’s premium line Zero Tolerance Hinderer Knives. If you do, let me know what you think because I can’t afford one!