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Spyderco C223GP Para 3 Folding Knife 3" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Black G10 Handles (Paramilitary 3)

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Part Number: SP223GP
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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Description
SP223GP: C223GP Para 3
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: Plain
  • Handle Material: G10
  • Handle Color: Black
  • Locking Mechanism: Compression
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up/Down, Left/Right Carry
  • Model Number: C223GP
  • Model Name: Para 3
  • Weight: 3.0 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.
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E. Harrison
Long Island
Mar 28, 2017
Pros: Blade Material, Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Lock Type
Cons: None
smaller para, same big cutting ability.
i recently got a PM2 but it was just a little bit bigger (and more intimidating) than i prefer for EDC. decided to give its little brother a shot, and i must say i'm impressed. the smaller handle is noticeable, but not too small for my hands (medium glove size). i find i prefer to choke up on the choil for the best grip. holding it behind the choil does provide a solid grip, but my fingers get a bit cramped. overall quality is on par with the PM2, its fit and finish are flawless. its all the best parts of the PM2 at a more EDC friendly size.
5 out of 5
Don
Texas
Mar 27, 2017
Pros: Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Spyderco rockz
This is my second along with the para military 2 digi camo. Excellent quality , sharp, its a spyderco.
4 out of 5
Don
Texas
Mar 11, 2017
Pros: Lock Type, Pocket Clip, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality
Cons: Handle Feel, Sheath, None
First spyderco
I like the para 3 overall. But at this price point G10 handle should be standard. The grip is ok but feels cheap. Flimsy is the word I was looking for. The blade quality is excellent very sharp out of the box. I will definately be ordering anothet spyderco from knife center.
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