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Spyderco C223GP Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3)

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Part Number: SP223GP
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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SP223GP: C223GP Para 3

Easily one of the most anticipated products in Spyderco's history, the Para 3 is the latest generation of their immensely popular Paramilitary family of folding knives. It traces its history all the way back to the first-generation Paramilitary model, which was introduced in 2004 and even further to that knife's inspiration: the 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 the Military's 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, countersunk handle and pivot screws, and a four-position clip that supports all possible carry configurations. These enhancements quickly established the "Para 2" as one of Spyderco's most popular and in-demand models and, to many end users, the "perfect" folding knife. While it was significantly smaller than the Military Model that inspired it, for some customers it was still larger than what they could comfortably or legally carry. Based on that feedback, Spyderco went back to the drawing board once again to distil 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 was not named the "Paramilitary 3" because its smaller size qualifies it as a different knife design. Similarly, 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 (and its model and SKU number) has its own distinct "identity" as a Spyderco product.

With that said, the Para 3 does faithfully retain all the defining features of the best-selling Paramilitary 2, but in a smaller, even handier package. Its three-inch blade is precision machined from premium CPM-S30V particle metallurgy stainless steel and features a full-flat grind for superior edge geometry and low-friction cutting performance. Its oversized Trademark Round Hole proudly announces the knife's pedigree and is easily accessible from either side to allow swift, ambidextrous, one-handed opening.

The lightweight, open-backed handle is built on a framework of stout stainless steel liners nested within textured G10 scales. This refined construction style maximizes both structural strength and ergonomics while keeping the handle slim and pocket-friendly. 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 is a remarkably refined folding knife with a distinguished history. It's also a shining example of our tireless quest for perfection and our deep commitment to meeting our customers' needs.
  • Blade Length: 3.0"
  • Closed Length: 4.27"
  • Overall Length: 7.27"
  • Cutting Edge: 2.63"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.150"
  • Blade Material: CPM-S30V Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Grind: Full Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: G10
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Locking Mechanism: Compression
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up/Down, Left/Right Carry
  • Model Number: C223GP
  • Model Name: Para 3
  • Weight: 3.0 oz.
  • Made in the USA
S30V Stainless Steel
S30V Stainless Steel
A hardened wear and corrosion resistant stainless steel developed in collaboration with Chris Reeve. It is known for its improved sharpness and toughness. This is a premium grade steel only used in high end knives. Composition: Carbon 1.45%, Chromium 14.00%, Vanadium 4.00%, Molybdenum 2.00%
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
G10 Handles
G10 Handles
Formed in a sheet under high pressure by combining fiberglass and an epoxy resin binder. These handles are lightweight and shaped to ensure a solid grip.
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4 out of 5
May 04, 2017
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, None
Cons: Lock Ease of Use
Almost as good as the Para 2. It's a keeper!
This has become my new EDC knife. I was carrying the Paramilitary 2, which I really like, but I felt it was a bit too large. This one is better, as it is smaller, but it's still about as large as I would recommend for an EDC. Design is good, blade steel is the same as the Para 2, and it feels good in my hand. It's a very solid knife like the Para 2 is, if you're familiar with that model.. One thing that is different is that it doesn't close as easily with one hand like my Para 2 does. When you release the blade you have to move the blade past a slight friction detent spot which I find requires my other hand to do. My Para 2 doesn't have that friction detent setup, so it closes a little easier with one hand. It's not a big deal, just different. I like the knife really well, and I'm glad I bought it.
5 out of 5
Kerrville, Texas
Apr 24, 2017
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Perfect !!!
I have many High End knives, that I use for EDC BUT the Para 3, is an extension of my hand. No other knife I own has ever felt or used like the Para 3. The size, fit, finish and blade steel are perfect together. I was a little apprehensive about the Para Military knives. I'm an older man 64, and have always carried and use traditional knives. The reveiws made me just have to own one. I am very glad I did. I have put away all of my other EDC's. All I now carry and use is the Para 3. Buy one you will do the same...
5 out of 5
Apr 08, 2017
Pros: Blade Material, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type
Cons: Ease of Opening, None
it's great! but 1 small thing.
Im comparing to Paramilitary 2, since its the 3" version of that. Spyderco did a great job in making everyone's favorite PM2 to fit the legal carry size of 3" for many cities. The handle is significantly smaller yet as comfortable. The choking feels a lot more natural than PM2 as well. The only downside is deployment. when deployed using spyder hole, PM2 being bigger having longer blade geometry opens smoother. But Para 3 seems to lack the "swing" power due to its shorter blade (there's more weight around the handle than the tip). I rely a bit more on my wrist to open because of this. But it's a downsized version of PM2, and the design is kept within integrity. Ergonomics of handle and blade is amazing. I carry it almost every day because of its size, ease of use and it feels really good owning one!
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