Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Ease of Use, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Material, None
Cons: Pocket Clip, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Ease of Opening
Military and Paramilitary comparison
I ordered both Paramilitary and Military in the new S110V steel and "blurple" colour, with the intention to try them out and keep the one that better fits my needs. The key points were - the ability to carry it in the pocket of a suit to work, without being seen or limiting - strong lock - long blade (as I usually use the knife for sandwich preparation and fruit cutting) When I read the reviews, I understood that Paramilitary is big and Military is huge, so when they arrive, I was actually surprised - Paramilitary is currently significantly shorter blade than the rest of my pocket knifes to date (Victorinox, Benchmade Rukus). Both of the models fit the pocket nicely and I am able to carry them all day without issues. The only concern from long term perspective is the texture of the handle, that it will be damaging the pocket - it is harsh, almost sandpaper like. As for the head to head comparison: Paramilitary has nicer overall fit including details like consistent colour of the clip (Military has it black for reasons unknown), the ability to customize the clip for four different positions (Military lacks this) and I have slightly better experience with opening it - the Military is doing the two-click-opening, due to the linerlock design. That being said, the clear winner is Paramilitary..... ...however. However, the blade length on Para is a bit shorter than I expected, while Military is still comfortable to carry, so I will give it a few more days to consider. It is probably, that Para will win, but it would be 51/49 victory and by no means it says Military is bad knife. To be honest - if Spyderco made Military in the "facelifted" version (non-black clip, multiple positions, compression lock) as Paramilitary, it would be a winner to me. A man can dream...