I have an updated version of this review you can find here.
|Kershaw Cryo G10|
|And here is what the other side looks like when it's closed|
I actually wrote most of this review in Easter Island. I wrote the review to post on Amazon, but I was pretty happy with the review, so I thought I would also post it here on my blog.
I am really debating giving this five stars, but I can't quite do that. Maybe 4.5 stars. This knife was not quite exactly what I wanted, but it was as close as I could get for less than $200. So that makes me pretty happy about the purchase.
For the price this is an excellent choice. For the sake of simplicity I will start with the Cons that make this not a 5 star purchase for me.
Another quarter inch of blade and handle would make this a much better fit for me. I have pretty big hands, and this does not fill my hand.
The assisted open seems unnecessary, it also makes the thumbstuds totally superfluous. The thumbstuds are a hazard on this knife. They make it harder to get out of your pocket, tear up the pocket, and if you do try to open the knife with the thumbstuds it is very easy to cut your thumb due to the amount of force needed and the small size of the knife.
Stiff. Everything about this knife is stiff out of the box, and use doesn’t change that much. The assisted open is stiff. The thumbstuds are too stiff to use. The frame lock is stout and stiff. But the blade is stiff when deployed. The stiffness also seems to translate to a solidity when the knife is deployed. I would ideally like easier deployment, but this is not a big deal on this knife.
Out of the Box Sharpness:
This knife came literally shaving sharp. I had been working with trees the day it came in the mail and had some pitch in my arm hair, so I decided to see if the knife would shave off the pitch tangled hairs, it did no problem.
Very good. I know that 8Cr13Mov is not the most amazing steel, but I have been impressed with its performance on this knife. I have had this knife for a month and have been using it very heavily and the edge has remained nicely sharp.
I am actually in Easter Island as I write this, and I brought this knife with me since I figured its small size would avoid any legal difficulties for a pocket knife. I am in a fairly remote location, and the accommodations require we do food prep ourselves, unfortunately all the knives provided were extremely dull, so for the last few weeks I have been using this pocket knife to do all of my cooking on top of regular EDC duty. This knife has performed far better than I would have expected. I had already found the knife to be surprisingly good for field duty, I didn’t think it would be any use for the kitchen, but it has performed admirably. I had not expected to be using this knife so heavily while in Chile, and so I deliberately neglected to bring a whetstone in order to better discuss the edge retention on the review I’ll do on my blog when I get home, so I have been very grateful for how well the edge has stood up to a lot more use than I anticipated. The edge is not razor sharp any more, but still significantly sharper than any knives available to me here. It’s still sharp enough to handle tomatoes cleanly without serration, I’d call that usably sharp J
Update: The edge stayed very sharp until two days before I left Easter Island. Two days before I left I barbecued. The cut of meat I barbecued was a big chunk of beef that had a lot of connective tissue and fascia. I decided to separate the connective tissue. Trimming the meat off of the connective tissue puts a lot of wear on an edge, so I was not surprised that it really dulled the knife. The knife was still sharper than anything else in the kitchen afterward, but it had lost the fine edge. It still cut a tomato, but with a little squishing. Still for a knife that I bought for less than $40 I think this was tremendous performance and edge retention.
Feels nice in the hand, but light in the pocket. Good for hiking and everyday activities, but with enough heft to feel right for heavier use than its size might indicate.
Solid. Rock solid. If you try to use the thumbstuds the lockup can get sticky because it causes the frame lock to engage late, but with the assisted open the lockup is neither too late nor too early. It’s like Goldi-Locks, just right.
Grip and Jimping:
The G10 scale gives this knife good grippiness. Sadly the jimping seems to be more decorative than functional. The jimping on the blade in particular does not stand out sufficiently from the handle and is not sharp enough to provide good grip. But the blade is short enough that choking up on the blade is not a real issue. Still, a nice looking satisfyingly grippy handle.