Reviews and Ratings for Spyderco C223PBBK Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Black Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)

Spyderco C223PBBK Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Black Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)rated 5.000 stars out of 5 (5 reviews)
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Spyderco C223PBBK Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92 inch CTS-BD1N Black Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)

 

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Spyderco C223PBBK Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Black Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)
rated 5 stars out of 5
Evan
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Feb 26, 2020
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

Everything you want in an EDC knife

When Spyderco said this is a lightweight knife, I said "oh sweet that's right up my alley." However, this knife is much lighter than I expected, which isn't a bad thing at all. The profile of this knife isn't small, the handle is a decent length, and takes 4 fingers easily. I don't understand how the FRN can be so strong, and be almost as light as air. It came out of the box with a pretty good edge on it, as I didn't feel the need to touch it up with a sharpener. When I ordered I was worried that the compression lock and detent wouldn't be as good as the regular para 3 with G10 handles (which is the knife that sold me on Spyderco and their designs), but fear not; it's buttery smooth. The only thing about this knife that I would change is the pocket clip, only because I feel like they could dial up the tension on it just a few notches. Last but not least, this knife is a fidgeters delight. Spydie flicking the blade out and then squeezing the compression lock to see the blade just fall back into folding position is orgasmic. Also, despite all the FRN on the knife, it still makes all the satisfying clicking and mechanical sounds a lot of us knife guys like. All in all, if you've been debating about buying this knife (or considering this or the Benchmade Bugout), debate no longer and treat yourself to this fantastic piece.
Spyderco C223PBBK Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Black Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)
rated 5 stars out of 5
Rs
MN
May 14, 2020
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

Practical EDC

Mine came slightly off center, but I think with one pivot washer it’s unavoidable. Certainly doesn’t create a problem. It also came with a sticky lock, but that’s gone now with a bit of break in. The blade steel is very easy to touch up and get razor sharp. It’s very lightweight and easy to carry. The clip affords a deep carry in the pocket. The action is real smooth and easy, perfect ergonomics for my hand. The black blade option is very appealing. It may be one of the best options for an EDC pocket knife.
Spyderco C223PBBK Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Black Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)
rated 5 stars out of 5
Sancho P
California
Dec 20, 2019
Pros: Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Lock Ease of Use, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, Lock Type
Cons: None

Homerun!

This knife was purchased for my collection and for everyday carry, and is my 12th Spyderco among dozens of knives. I also own a Para 3 in G-10. While using affordable steel and scales, the construction, fit, and finish of the lightweight is nigh onto perfect. While inspecting the knife out of the box, the first time I tried to close the blade it dropped smoothly shut and it snaps open easily with a thumb flick. This is my first experience with CTS-BD1N and have not had time to carry this one yet, but it came with a very sharp edge and I am confident that Spyderco's heat treatment will provide full potential of the steel. I always reprofile as necessary but this one is good to go. Highly recommended.
Spyderco C223PBBK Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Black Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)
rated 5 stars out of 5
Lookitstook
CA
Dec 20, 2019
Pros: Pocket Clip, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Ease of Opening, Lock Type
Cons: None

Perfect EDC knife.

And it’s now blacked out. For my needs it’s 6 Stars.
Spyderco C223PBBK Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Black Plain Blade, Black FRN Handles (Paramilitary 3)
rated 5 stars out of 5
Whitebread
Colorado
Dec 26, 2019
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

Best in class

Yes I would pay more for a crazy steel ....maximet ? This hots so many best of categories...it just cannot be overlooked.! Great to carry ..so perfect for edc use.!