Spyderco C81CF52100P2 Limited Edition Paramilitary 2 Folding Knife 3-7/16" 52100 Plain Blade, Peel-Ply Carbon Fiber Handles


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SP81CF52100P2: Limited Edition C81CF52100P2 Paramilitary 2
As one of Spyderco's most popular and in-demand models, the Paramilitary 2 is a natural platform for Exclusive and Limited Edition projects. This remarkable expression of it features a full-flat-ground PlainEdge or CombinationEdge blade machined from 52100 tool steel. Best known as the steel used for ball bearings, 52100 was traditionally only used by bladesmiths who could hand forge it. No available in flat stock suitable for factory production, this classic knifemaking steel provides exceptional wear resistance and edge holding qualities; however, as a non-stainless steel must be maintained properly to avoid corrosion.

Not to be outdone, the handle of this Limited Edition knife features stunning peel-ply-textured solid carbon fiber scales. Sturdy stainless steel liners nested within CNC-machined scales ensure excellent structural strength, yet keep the knife slim and lightweight. They also provide excellent support for its patented Compression Lock mechanism—a high-strength, extremely user-friendly lock that allows safe and easy one-handed operation. To ensure convenient carry and instant access, the handle includes a four-position clip that supports right or left-side, tip-up or tip-down carry. A lined lanyard hole also allows the easy attachment of gobs or lanyards and ensures that this breathtaking Limited Edition Paramilitary 2 is always poised and ready when you are.

52100 High Carbon Tool Steel

52100 is a high carbon steel used primarily for ball bearings. It has a good amount of carbon (0.98 - 1.10) and very few other alloys. Ball bearing steels usually have to withstand a great deal of force in a very small area. Traditionally, ball bearing steels make good edge steels because an edge also has to withstand much force in a small area. 52100 serves that function well.

Oil quenched and drawn to 62HRC, it is a difficult steel to heat treat. A very fine molecular structure permits very sharp edges, even at thin angles. Toughness is good, corrosion resistance isn't. It is not a stainless steel and will have to be cared for.
  • Blade Length: 3-7/16" (87 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 3-5/64" (78 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 9/64" (3.5 mm)
  • Overall Length: 8-9/32" (210 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4-13/16" (122 mm)
  • Hole Diameter: 9/16" (14 mm)
  • Blade Steel: 52100 Tool Steel
  • Weight: 3.70 oz. (105 oz.)
  • Handle Material: Peel-Ply Carbon Fiber
  • Made in Golden, Colorado, USA.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Carbon Fiber Handles
Carbon Fiber Handles
Very strong and lightweight material. Provides an upscale and modern feel.
Made in USA
Made in USA
This product is USA born and raised.
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Portuguese Mike
Dec 12, 2017
Pros: Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Blade Material, Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Handle Material, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Weight
Best one.
excelent quality, verry safe to use, verry sharp.
5 out of 5
USA, Milkyway
Nov 15, 2017
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
Another quality sprint run from Spyderco
I am a collector and really don't do any "hard use" or torture test the knives that I purchase. However, being a collector, I do appreciate quality in craftsmanship, individual blade stocks and they cut as a knife should. The PM2 sprint run meets all the expectations and didn't let me down, especially the sharpness out of the box and the factory scale choice.
5 out of 5
Paris, France
Nov 07, 2017
Pros: Lock Type, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: None
High performance Para2
This version is of the Para2 is a great experience to own and to use. The handle is light and confortable thanks to CF. But the blade is poem by itself. 52100 is a fine grain carbon steel/tool steel which can reach very high level of sharpness. You can find custom hand razors made of 52100. If you know the writings of Ed Fowler, you know how this ball bearing steel is legendary. Of course it needs to be oiled or to get a patina for your peace of mind. But the result once thinned and honed to your taste is stellar. You can experiment and see for yourself cwhy Sal Glesser and Eric Glesser are such a connoisseurs in steel by bringing this alloy on one of their best design. More reviews on nemoknivesreview.com
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