Cryo means “icy cold” in Greek; while it may call to mind a faint glimmer of hope that Walt Disney’s body is stored somewhere beneath Adventureland just waiting to be thawed, we’re mostly certain that in the Kershaw Cryo pocket knife($50) it simply means “cool”. Famed tactical knife maker Rick Hinderer, whose creations normally go for a significantly larger chunk of change, teamed up with Kershaw to design the Cryo with high functionality and simple good looks. The uncharacteristically low price doesn’t mean the Cryo is skimping on features or engineering details (thought it is made in China).
Made of stainless steel and coated with titanium carbo-nitride, this folder flips open easily thanks to Kershaw’s SpeedSafe system. The Cryo weighs in at a shade over 4 ounces and features Kershaw’s Quad-carry technology, which allows users to modify the included pocket clip’s position. The knife’s somewhat stubby, 2.75-inch blade is the right size for utility work, and the whole package is covered by the Kershaw lifetime warranty. Hinderer, who has worked as an EMT and firefighter, cites his real-world experience as a design motivator: his knives are made to perform. At this price, you can afford to see the Cryo in everyday action.