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Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Satin Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3) - C223PBK


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SP223PBK: C223PBK Para 3 Lightweight
The Para 3 Lightweight is another member of a proud Spyderco family that began with the introduction of the original Military model in 1996. One of the most iconic folding knives ever created, the Military later inspired the first-generation Paramilitary design in 2004 and the more refined Paramilitary 2 in 2010. While the Paramilitary and Paramilitary 2 were specifically created to distill the high-performance features of the Military into a more compact package, the process didn't stop there. To meet the needs of end users who wanted an even smaller format and a more legally friendly three-inch blade, in 2016, Spyderco unveiled the Para 3.

Initial production of the Para 3 followed the pattern of its predecessors, featuring textured G10 scales supported by nested, skeletonized stainless steel liners. This style of construction supported the knife's patented Compression Lock mechanism and allowed the rapid introduction of a number of different model variations that paralleled the popular Paramilitary 2 family. That was just the beginning, though. Spyderco had bigger plans for the Para 3.

Because it offered such an exceptional balance of compact size and big-knife cutting performance, Spyderco felt the Para 3 design had tremendous potential. They were also determined to share the design in a budget-friendly format that made it affordable to as many knife users as possible. So, Spyderco gave their Research & Development team and in-house engineers marching orders to develop an economical version of the Para 3 that took full advantage of lightweight, injection-molded parts. After many months of design, prototyping, performance testing, and refinement, the Para 3 Lightweight emerged and they knew they had created something truly special.

The defining feature of the Para 3 Lightweight is its handle construction, which incorporates lightweight scales injection molded from tough fiberglass-reinforced nylon (FRN). In addition to being more economical than scales machined from solid G10, the FRN scales also allow the precision molding of Spyderco's non-slip Bi-Directional Texture pattern on the outside surfaces of the scales and intricate structural details on the interiors.

Instead of the large nested liners used in the G10 Para 3, the Lightweight's streamlined design includes a minimalist liner on one side of the blade's pivot and a separate stainless steel lockbar. Both are firmly nested into molded cavities in the scales, which also include molded-in threaded inserts that anchor key assembly screws.

The Para 3 Lightweight's blade is crafted from nitrogen-enriched CTS BD1N stainless steel and sports an attractive tumbled finish. Available with a choice of a PlainEdge or fully serrated SpyderEdge, it pivots on a specially designed precision bushing. A phosphor bronze washer provides a low-friction bearing surface between it and the partial stainless steel liner, while an integrally molded boss provides a smooth bearing surface on the other side. The blade's Trademark Round Hole is fully accessible from both sides for swift, ambidextrous, one-handed opening.
Like other Para 3s, the Lightweight has an easy-to-clean open-backed construction style that helps further reduce its weight. And although it is almost 30 percent lighter than its G10 counterparts, its patented Compression Lock mechanism still ensures outstanding dependability, structural strength, and ease of operation.

Another significant difference between the Para 3 Lightweight and its G10 brethren is the configuration of its pocket clip and lanyard hole. The lanyard hole is located closer to the spine of the handle, providing clearance for the clip, while still allowing the easy attachment of lanyards and fobs. Instead of the four-position stainless steel clip of the G10 Para 3, the lightweight sports a deep-pocket wire clip that mounts at the very butt end of the handle. Although the reversible wire clip allows the knife to ride significantly lower in the pocket and blends easily with pants material, the trade-off is that it only offers tip-up carry.

The Para 3 Lightweight represents a whole new dimension of this popular model, as well as a new chapter in Spyderco's proud history as a pioneer in ultra-lightweight knife design.
  • Blade Length: 2.92"
  • Closed Length: 4.29"
  • Overall Length: 7.21"
  • Cutting Edge: 2.58"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.145"
  • Blade Material: CTS-BD1N Stainless Steel
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Grind: Full Flat
  • Blade Finish: Satin
  • Blade Edge: Plain
  • Handle Material: FRN
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Locking Mechanism: Compression
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up/Down, Left/Right Carry
  • Model Number: C223PBK
  • Model Name: Para 3 Lightweight
  • Weight: 2.4 oz.
  • Made in the USA
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Satin Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)5.000 (7 reviews)
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Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Satin Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)
5 out of 5
Newport, Tn
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
First Para3!
I couldn't be more pleased with this knife! Super sharp, nice pocket clip, and extremely light weight. This just disappears in the pocket. I am surprised they didn't start off with the deep carry clip, which is main reason for not getting the 3 until now. Really wish I hadn't waited so long, though. I really appreciate the knife being as small as what it is and it's still a full hand grip. It doesn't replace my PM2 as a personal favorite, but it's trying to for sure!
Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Satin Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)
5 out of 5
Zionsville , In
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Knocked it out of the park!
This could be the ultimate EDC and is certainly a huge improvement over the original Para 3. The huge lanyard hole and stamped pocket clip is gone, replaced by lightweight FRN scales and the deep carry pocket clip I’d been wishing for. This knife is so light you don’t even know it’s in your pocket! I’ll be looking forward to future sprint runs of this version of the Para 3 which not doubt will be coming in the future. Don’t have a lot of experience with BD1N, but my knife was razor sharp out of box. At $91 this knife is an excellent value, and as another reviewer stated, “this is a Delica killer”.
Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Satin Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)
5 out of 5
Pensacola, Florida
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Overall Quality, None
The real "Delica Killer" is here
Better ergonomics than the Delica in a knife that's about the same size and still has about the same amount of sharpened edge. The compression lock operates perfectly, allowing for perfect lockup with no play in the blade at all. The pivot in mine is nearly as smooth as my Amalgam which cost nearly twice as much. The blade also drops shut almost as smoothly and easily as my Amalgam's. The wire clip obviously allows for ultra-deep carry unlike the Delica's stamped clip which left nearly an inch of the knife sticking out of my pocket. My one and only complaint would be the roughness of the inside edges of the FRN handle scales. There was a very slight seam or burr which made the edges slightly uncomfortable in my hand, but it wasn't anything that couldn't be fixed with a very light touching up with the fine side of the file in my Leatherman Wave. I'd rate it 4.9 out of 5 in its out-of-the-box condition, and a solid, unquestionable 5 out of 5 in its current, slightly touched-up condition. It's probably safe to assume that not every single one will be like this out of box, or if they are, Spyderco will probably have the issue resolved in future batches. In my opinion, this is absolutely the best American made EDC available at the moment. If you're thinking about getting one, you probably won't regret it. The transaction with KnifeCenter was flawless and fast.
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