Spyderco Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S110V Satin Plain Blade, Blurple G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3) - C223GPDBL


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Part #: SP223GPDBL | Spyderco Knives


SP223GPDBL: C223GPDBL Para 3, CPM-S110V


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-S110V 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-S110V Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Grind: Full Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: G10
  • Handle Color: Blurple
  • Locking Mechanism: Compression
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up/Down, Left/Right Carry
  • Model Number: C223GPDBL
  • Model Name: Para 3 CPM-S110V
  • Weight: 3.4 oz.
  • Made in the USA

UPC Code: 716104012022.0

Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
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.
Made in USA
Made in USA This product is USA born and raised.
Spyderco Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S110V Satin Plain Blade, Blurple G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3)rated 4.875 stars out of 5 (8 reviews)
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Spyderco Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S110V Satin Plain Blade, Blurple G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3)
rated 5 stars out of 5
Warrenton, Va
Dec 08, 2019
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
For me, it is the perfect EDC
I own both this model of the Paramilitary 3 and the Sage 5 with S30V steel with the carbon fiber laminate over G-10 scales. I was torn between which of these two knives would be my EDC. Ultimately, I decided to carry both of them as my EDCs. I did have stiffness with the Sage 5 action on opening and closing. After a week of working it, the action has become smoother although the blade does not drop freely. It takes a slight flick to get the blade down. This was not a problem with the Para 3. Out of the box it drops freely. If I were forced to choose between these two fine knives, I think I would have to go with the Para 3 because of the superior steel. Also, I have no problems with the pocket clip and it protruding out of my pocket. It makes it easier to grasp. Ergonomically, both of these knives "fit" my hand.You really can't go wrong with either of these two fine knives.Courteous, prompt service is the norm at KnifeCenter.com. They have a great team there.
Spyderco Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S110V Satin Plain Blade, Blurple G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3)
rated 5 stars out of 5
Chives, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Jul 13, 2019
Pros: Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Lock Type
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Better than PM 2
Got mine this week delivered within a week to France.I have had my S30v PM 2 as edc for years , and decided to get a smaller brother.Great prices !!Opened box and there it was- super sharp, bright and shiny.No blade play , everything centered .I love the rounded scales on the PM 3 , which are an upgrade to the big brother.I have this as my edc now , and in other clothes I carry the PM 2 and the Wolfspyder model.Thanks for the great customer service and fast delivery
Spyderco Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S110V Satin Plain Blade, Blurple G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3)
rated 5 stars out of 5
Youngsville, NC
Jul 06, 2018
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, Lock Type, Blade Material, None
Cons: Pocket Clip
This is a Quality Knife
This is my fifth Spyderco knife and my current favorite. I was thinking about getting the PM2, but it is just a little too big for my taste, so I opted for the Para 3 instead. I paid the additional money to get the premium S110V steel. I can't say I'm a fan of the "blurple" G-10 scales, but they were part of the package. I am happy to report that Spyderco did NOT use Red Loctite on the Para 3 I received. Hopefully, Sypderco's red Loctite era is gone forever.Spyderco's compression lock is very addictive. I prefer it over any liner lock or back lock I have ever used. I will be a long time before I buy a knife that does NOT have a compression lock.Disassembly is complicated by the very tight fit of the lanyard tube. Fortunately, you can just rotate around one set of liner and scale using the lanyard tube as a pivot. You can then remove the pivot bushings and tube without taking the knife completely apart. After cleaning and lubricating with Finish Line Extreme Fluoro, the re-assembly went very smoothly.The S110V steel can be difficult to sharpen, but I have found that the diamond stones that come with the DMT guided sharping kits can sharpen S110V easily. After sharpening and stropping, this knife will shave the hair off you arm without effort.This knife is excellent, but it has a couple of things thing just don't seem too well thought out. The lanyard hole is way too large. So much so that it forces the clip to be mounted too far down on the knife. However, since I have never seen the need for a lanyard and I remove the clip from every knife I buy, these are two issues I can overlook.
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