The Cryo is one of Kershaw’s best-selling models of all time. Something about its design and execution struck a chord with the masses and propelled the folder to stardom. But, even though the Cryo is insanely popular, a few things were missing that held it back from being an all-time great.
Those minor flaws in the original Cryo were corrected in our latest Badass Knife of the Week: the Kershaw Cryo G-10.
Now boasting a G-10 scale on the front of the handle, the Cryo G-10 satisfies the countless people who requested this modification.
Such a simple change as adding a G-10 scale doesn’t seem like much, but it completely transforms the look and feel of the knife. Unlike the full stainless steel handle of the original, the front scale on this model provides a sure grip when wielding the knife.
The back side of the handle is stonewashed 410 stainless steel, but the G-10 scale on the front helps reduce the overall weight of the knife to a reasonable 3.7 oz. (That’s down from the 4.1 oz of the original.)
Rick Hinderer, the legendary designer behind this knife, has a strong reputation for someone who puts thought into his knives. It’s not hard to see why with the Cryo.
The 2.75-inch drop point blade is made from 8Cr13MoV stainless steel with a stonewashed finish. It engages quickly and effortlessly thanks to a well-placed flipper and Kershaw’s patented SpeedSafe opening mechanism.
It stays securely open with the a frame lock and lockbar stabilizer. That blade’s not going anywhere.
The assisted-opening knife is a relatively recent innovation in the world of knives, but it transformed the landscape and created an entirely new genre.
We’ve been celebrating landmarks and anniversaries throughout the year here at Knife Depot. This week we’re celebrating Assisted-Opening Knife Week.
Assisted openers were invented as a way to circumvent the ban on switchblades while offering users an option to engage a knife quickly with one hand. Here’s a good description of the difference between the two.
There’s some debate as to who created the first assisted-opening mechanism, but it’s likely that both Blackie Collins and Ken Onion developed a similar mechanism concurrently.
Since then, most brands carry assisted-opening knives that use trade names like SpeedSafe, SOG Assisted Technology, Outburst, and others.
Throughout the week, we’ll be writing cool stories and having exclusive sales related to assisted openers. To kick things off, we’re giving away a Kershaw Blur S30V. This iconic pocket knife uses a SpeedSafe assisted-opening mechanism and boasts a stonewashed blade with a slight recurve. This iteration has upgrade S30V steel, making it a perfect EDC.
The winner will be announced Saturday.
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Few organizations have done more for knife rights than Knife Rights.
The advocacy organization is dedicated to influencing positive public policy in pursuit of knife rights, encourage the safe use and marketing of knives, and provide knife owners with services.
To say that Knife Rights is a success is not doing the organization justice. Knife Rights Founder and Chairman Doug Ritter has taken on NYC for its anti-knife laws and pushed pro-knife laws around the United States. Here’s an interview we did with Ritter back in 2011 to learn more about the early days of the movement.
While the organization has done so much for knife owners, there’s still a long way to go. Unfortunately, pushing through legislation and fighting legal battles doesn’t come cheap.
The rise of crowdfunding has been a blessing and a curse. It’s given us amazing things like the Dash Wireless Earbuds and not-so-amazing things like the watermelon holder.
Because we are suckers for innovation in the knife community, we’ll occasionally be looking at interesting crowdfunding campaigns related to knives.
First up is the ViperSharp Knife Sharpener.
You might be thinking what in the world is this contraption? According to ViperSharp creator Mike Wood, it’s the best precision knife sharpening system on the market today. Yep, that is quite the boast.
So what makes this sharpener better than the hundreds of sharpeners currently available? Wood created the first iteration of the sharpener after being unsatisfied with shortcomings he experienced using other popular sharpeners. It can sharpen at an infinite number of angles (within the confines of the adjuster), stones can easily be swapped in and out, the blade can be turned without having to reset the system, and more.
There’s a false argument out there that the more a knife costs, the more quality and dependability it possesses. Our latest Badass Knife of the Week takes that misconception and proves the opposite. Sometimes less expensive knives can outperform counterparts that cost 10 times as much.
The Morakniv Companion MG is not only the best all-around outdoor knife for the money, it may also be the best all-around outdoor knife for any price.
This knife doesn’t look like much at first glance, but its simplicity and timeless design propels it to greatness.
The knife boasts a 4.1-inch drop point blade that can take on anything you throw at it. Boasting a notable 2mm blade thickness and a Scandinavian grind, the blade is extremely durable and easy to sharpen while in the field.
But one of the features that makes this such a beloved knife is the carbon steel blade. It’s easy to sharpen and keeps a keen edge, but it does require more care and maintenance than stainless steels. If that’s not your cup of tea, the Morakniv Companion MG also comes in a stainless steel iteration.
Its black and military green (hence the MG) handle features a patterned high-friction grip made from durable rubber. It also comes with a plastic sheath in military green.
In an attempt to drum up some attention and tourism in the small city of Bowie, Texas, (population 5,219), the Bowie Chamber of Commerce did the most logical thing: they built the world’s largest Bowie knife.
This giant knife is more than 20 feet tall and weighs in at nearly three tons. It boasts a 14-foot stainless steel blade with a famous clip point. It also has a brass guard and wooden handle—two features commonly seen on Bowie knives.
Why did Bowie create this beast? The city was named after James Bowie, the 19th-century pioneer and creator of the legendary Bowie knife. We’ve written countless articles and posts about Bowie and his knife, so we’d recommend checking those out for more info.
Finding a knife that’s unlike the vast majority of knives you’ve ever held is becoming increasingly impossible. That’s what makes this Badass Knife of the Week so special.
The Schrade Viper Side Assist is a spring-assisted knife with an awesome opening mechanism.
Boasting a black 3.2-inch blade with a modified tanto point, the knife is versatile and functional. Its 4034 stainless steel is more than adequate at tackling everyday tasks around the house.
It’s hard to find a brand more popular than Buck Knives. Since its origins way back in 1902, Buck has sold countless knives to millions of people around the world.
Everyone trusts a Buck—thanks to its reliable designs, quality workmanship, and great warranties. But which Bucks are the most popular?
In this post, we take a look at the seven best-selling Buck knives here at Knife Depot. As always, these could change in the future, but this takes into account aggregate data over the last decade.
7. Buck 325 Colleague
When you hear people talk about the most popular Buck knives, you rarely hear the Buck Colleague mentioned. However, the knife has quietly traveled up the ranks of Buck best-sellers here at Knife Depot. This imported knife has a contemporary look that’s unlike the other, more classic knives on this list.
The Colleague has a sub-2-inch blade with a stainless steel handle. The whole thing is mirror polished. It’s simple yet effective.
6. Buck 112 Ranger
The Buck 112 Ranger is a small version of the iconic Buck 110 Hunter (spoiler alert: the 110 appears higher on this list). One of the biggest complaints of the 110 is that it was a little too big for everyday carry. So Buck created the smaller 112 Ranger.
With thousands of knives flooding the markets, it might seem like there’s so much overlap out there that all knives start to bleed together. If you actually believe that new knives no longer have much to offer, you have a lot of studying to do.
Every year manufacturers and designers work hard to bring something new and exciting to the table. To better illustrate how new knives are still proving their worth, we thought it’d be interesting to take a look at the winners of Blade Magazine‘s “Overall Knife of the Year” award since 2000.
The winners of this award are voted by attendees of the BLADE Show and a panel of special judges. These knives are typically prototypes at the time, but show real craftsmanship, expert designs, beautiful construction, and much more. Let’s start with the knife that won the award in 2000 and work our way to the present.
2000: William Henry S07
(This image is actually of a more recent version of the S07)
2001: M.O.D. CQD Mark V ATAC
2002: Kershaw Rainbow Leek
2003: William Henry Westcliff
2004: CRKT/Ed Van Hoy Snap Lock
2005: Kershaw/Onion Offset
Badass knives come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. But the latest Badass Knife of the Week is like no other knife that came before it—well, maybe not for a couple thousand years at least.
The US Gladius Thraex XII is a unique knife that’s based off the design of the Roman Gladius sword from 19 centuries ago.