Spyderco Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S35VN Satin Plain Blade, Earth Brown G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3) - C223GPBN
SP223GPBN: C223GPBN Para 3, S35VN, Brown G10
Easily one of the most anticipated products in Spyderco's history, the USA-made Para 3 is an offshoot of their immensely popular Paramilitary series of folding knives. This special edition is even more desirable, featuring brown G10 handles and S35VN steel, an improvement over S30V with greater toughness and offering exceptional edge holding qualities and stain resistance.
This Para 3's blade is easily opened with Spyderco's Trademark Round Hole. This knife is an exceptional slicer thanks to its full flat grind, preferred by many for its cutting efficiency. Thanks to the integrated finger choil that extends usable handle length, another common Spyderco design element, the user can choke up on the blade for fine control and really take advantage of the acute point.
The lightweight, open-backed handle is built on a framework of stout stainless steel liners nested within textured G10 scales, maximizing strength while keeping the overall package slim, pocket-friendly, and easy to keep clean.
It's also the foundation of the knife's patented Compression Lock mechanism, which provides exceptional lock strength, yet allows easy one-handed closing without placing your fingers in the path of the blade's edge. A streamlined four-position hourglass clip and a generously sized lanyard hole round out the design, offering a choice of left or right-side tip-up or tip-down carry and allowing the easy attachment of lanyards or fobs.
The Para 3 traces its history all the way back to the first-generation Paramilitary model, which itself was inspired by Spyderco's iconic Military Model.
The original design intent of the Paramilitary was to provide the same proven reliability and cutting performance of the Military but in a more compact, easy-to-carry package. The design also showcased Spyderco's patented Compression Lock—a high-strength lock mechanism housed in the spine of the handle that offered a number of significant advantages over a liner lock.
In keeping with Spyderco's deep commitment to Constant Quality Improvement (C.Q.I.), in 2010 the Paramilitary was redesigned to yield the Paramilitary 2. This second-generation design incorporated an improved lock detent, refined ergonomics, and enhancements to the construction all around. These efforts quickly established the "Para 2" as one of Spyderco's most popular and in-demand models, but it was still larger than what some customers could comfortably or legally carry.
Based on that feedback, Spyderco went back to the drawing board to distill all the features, benefits, and performance of the Paramilitary 2 into a "sub-compact" package built around a three-inch blade. The result is the Para 3.
Although clearly based on the Paramilitary 2, the Para 3 is a distinct new model. The "3" in its name actually reflects its three-inch blade length rather than identifying it as a third-generation of the Paramilitary design. While its pedigree is unmistakable, the Para 3 has its own distinct "identity" as a Spyderco product, retaining all the defining features of the best-selling Paramilitary 2 in a smaller, even handier package.
- Blade Length: 3.0"
- Closed Length: 4.27"
- Overall Length: 7.27"
- Cutting Edge: 2.63"
- Blade Thickness: 0.150"
- Blade Material: CPM-S35VN Stainless Steel
- Blade Style: Clip Point
- Blade Grind: Full Flat
- Blade Finish: Satin
- Blade Edge: Plain
- Handle Material: G10
- Handle Color: Earth Brown
- Locking Mechanism: Compression Lock
- Pocket Clip: Tip-Up/Down, Left/Right Carry
- Model Number: C223GPBN
- Model Name: Para 3
- Weight: 3.4 oz.
- Made in the USA