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Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Satin Serrated Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3) - C223SBK


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SP223SBK: C223SBK 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: Serrated
  • Handle Material: FRN
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Locking Mechanism: Compression
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up/Down, Left/Right Carry
  • Model Number: C223SBK
  • 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 Serrated Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)5.000 (2 reviews)
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Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Satin Serrated Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)
5 out of 5
Pros: Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Handle Feel, Weight, Ease of Opening, Lock Type
Cons: None
A great knife
I bought the Para 3 Lightweight expecting it to be my perfect EDC knife. It turns out not to be MY perfect EDC knife (see below), but I have no problems recommending it to someone else. Taken on its own terms, the Para 3 Lightweight is an excellent EDC knife. Its light weight and deep-carry wire clip make it practically disappear in your pocket. It was clearly designed to be held with the index finger in the choil and the thumb on the ramp, but it does not insist on just that one grip the way a Spyderco Dragonfly does. I have seen no flaws in the fit and finish. The action is breaking in very nicely. While it has only seen light use so far, the edge remains shaving sharp. It also has a feature that I think is under-rated: it can be opened both quickly and slowly. A knife that is opened slowly is less scary to strangers than one that opens in an eyeblink with a loud "snick". This gets back to my earlier point of why the Para 3 Lightweight isn't the Perfect EDC knife for ME. I live in an urban/suburban area where some people are have a relatively low tolerance for knives. A Swiss army knife is no problem. Even though it is legal, a large flipper would draw a lot of unwanted attention. Scaring strangers accomplishes nothing worthwhile and might convince them to lobby for stricter knife laws. Therefore, my biggest problem in selecting an EDC knife is getting the balance right between a knife that is as capable as possible and one that doesn't scare strangers. I simply misjudged how the Para 3 Lightweight looks in person. It pushes the line a little harder than I would have liked. In hindsight, I would have been better served by ordering the Spyderco Chaparral Lightweight. It has most of the same features but it is a little smaller and has a less aggressive blade shape.
Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Satin Serrated Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)
5 out of 5
Austin, Tx
Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
Put some teeth into it
What everyone says about this knife is true — it’s a fantastic EDC. It’s lightweight, the wire clip is fantastic, the action right out of the box was excellent and it has the ergonomics you know and love. This is a joy to EDC especially in the summer here in Texas. I usually carry a PM2 or Manix, but needed something slightly smaller, lighter and with just a little bit more corrosion resistance from perspiration. Did I mention that it’s really hot here this summer? Anyhow, this checked all the right boxes. I went with the SE model since I’ve been cutting a lot of cardboard and plastic packaging lately and find that the SE really makes short work of that material. I did fine tune the edge on my Sharp Maker just a little when I received it, but I do that with most knives.
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