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

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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: 3.4 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.
Spyderco Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S30V Satin Combo Blade, Black G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3)5.000 (8 reviews)
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Spyderco Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S30V Satin Combo Blade, Black G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3)
5 out of 5
Florence, MA
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
Long term use- it is a great knife
I have both a PM 1 in D2 and a PM 2, but was in Golden, CO when these first came out and so bought one at SFO before reading any reviews. I would agree with the critiques of the clip placement, and in considering one of these would recommend immediately getting an after market deep carry clip (I got a Lynch clip). Aside from that, though, this knife has great ergonomics, snaps open effortlessly, drops shut effortlessly, has a great mix of sturdiness and slicing ability, and is really well sized for everyday use. I haven't yet handed the lightweight version, but really have appreciated the feel and solidity of this one, and do really like this in S30V.
Spyderco Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S30V Satin Combo Blade, Black G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3)
5 out of 5
Oregon
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Blade Material, Weight, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Better than expected
Got this for my wife, I'm going to get another for myself. She worked in a warehouse and had a PM2 with a full serrated blade, but it disappeared. She likes the slightly smaller size and the half-&-half blade better on this knife. It came very sharp. The blade is a little stiff right now. Carries nice in the pocket, I don't mind the clip.
Spyderco Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S30V Satin Combo Blade, Black G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3)
5 out of 5
Anchorage, Alaska
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.
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