Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
One of the best Spyderco designs of all time ....
This is my 3rd Para 2. I had a camo version as well as the recently released purple/blue scale version. I got this plain steel version for my EDC rotation. I just don't understand why Spyderco doesn't use the compression lock design on more of their knives as I think it is one of their best designs ever for one handed use, even better than their caged ball bearing locks Manix series. Like other Paras, this one was perfect. The lock was smooth, releasing easily when compression lock was pushed, yet the lock up was absolutely solid without any blade wiggle. No pivot adjustment needed at all. The blade was super sharp and the fit and finish was excellent. It's just a great, purpose built knife, no more, no less, just the right amount of metal and plastic to get the job done. It is an antithesis to Zero Tolerance Knives, purposely over-built, very heavy pocket machetes, that are really practical for only very small fragment of the overall population. I do have ZT 0550 and 0560, while they are great knives in their own right, I would pick Para 2 over them 99 out 100 times for most EDC duties. One of the best Spyderco knives and one of the best knife designs at any price; any serious knife user should have one in their collection of blades.