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Spyderco C223GPS Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S30V Satin Combo Blade, Black G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3)

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Part #: SP223GPS | Spyderco Knives
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Description
SP223GPS: C223GPS Para 3, Partially Serrated
Spyderco
 
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.
Specifications
  • 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: Combo
  • Handle Material: G10
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Locking Mechanism: Compression
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up/Down, Left/Right Carry
  • Model Number: C223GPS
  • Model Name: Para 3
  • Weight: 3.0 oz.
  • Made in the USA
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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Iceax
Anchorage, Alaska
Jun 18, 2018
Pros: Lock Type, Blade Material, Handle Feel, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Para 3 meets my expectations
I was looking for a Spyderco EDC with a 3 inch combo blade, having previously found it useful for multiple tasks. I read a lot of reviews, noting issues with the clip and handle length, but was pleased with the knife when it arrived. I switched the clip position to the left side front position (blade deployed), which fits my hand perfectly, and allows a deeper carry. Knife arrived on time, and very sharp. I like the blade shape and it is already being put to good use.
5 out of 5
Dave
Washington
Jan 01, 2018
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
Great knife
I use this knife edc. This is a great knife.
5 out of 5
Mjh
Manhattan Beach, Ca
Nov 09, 2017
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
One of my preferred EDCs - fast action
What I like about this knife is the stout blade, combo edge, g10 handle is very durable (I ride a bike a lot so I wanted something with a bit more punch, is covers it incase I drop it), fit in hand is solid. Some complain the slight extra length is pointless, yet I disagree if you have larger hands. I get good purchase on the handle in regular position or reverse. I also like that it comes out lightning fast and can be put away just as quickly. I would not mind a black pocket clip for more a more discreet carry, but whatever... Overall I use this one often. The only slight gripe would be very pronounced spider-hole. This could be smaller and have a lower profile for better slim pocket carry, not a deal killer at all, just saying... I also switched the clip to tip down to offer deeper carry, I don't use a lanyard. That said, because the action rolls out so smoothly you can accidentally pop it open on the way out. I took this over a Techno, which was cool but not that functional.
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