This Spyderco Copper Paramilitary 2 is a Blade HQ Exclusive with exclusive satin CPM-REX 45 steel.
The Spyderco Paramilitary 2 folding pocket knife is one of the most popular knives on the market today, which is no surprise to anyone who’s ever held it. It boasts great materials, reliable build quality, an attractive aesthetic, an ergonomic grip, and is easy to use with one hand—a rare combination of excellent features. Each has contributed to the PM2’s astonishing popularity. This icon of the knife industry has found its way into the pockets of soldiers, builders, hunters, survivalists, and everyday knife carriers all over the world. A host of aftermarket customization options from companies like Flytanium allow it to be truly individualized. Every knife enthusiast needs a Paramilitary 2 in their collection.
The Paramilitary 2 as we know it today is the second iteration of the old Para Military, a model designed by Spyderco as a more compact and accessible version of their Military model. But if you're looking for something even more compact, the Para 3 might be the knife for you!
I EDC a Para-2 and own several configurations including a couple with OEM G10 scales and a couple with customized scales. I had to try to get this special version of this iconic knife! Luckily, I did! Top-notch fit and finish! As expected with new Para-2’s, it was a little stiff out of the box. I loosened the pivot screw ever so slightly – smooth as butter with a satisfying “CLICK” of the compression lock afterward. The compression lock operates flawlessly out of the box. Blade looks to be perfectly centered. Although still very sharp out of the box, several high grit stones and lapping films or emulsions would give the CPM45 a mirror polish that would no doubt keep a very good edge. Standard Para-2 pocket clip and could use a little tweaking for my taste. Although I bought this strictly for my collection, most will probably agree it could be a little heavy for EDC. It is after all 7.5 ounces which is double the weight of an OEM Para 2 with G10 scales and S30V steel. That wouldn’t stop me from carrying it since it feels very good in my hand. Handle bias is normal for this much copper and no blade changes…other than the more dense CPM45. My only wish is for a “special” pocket clip to further commemorate this “special” Para-2 version...but that's just me being nit-picky. Other than that, I think Spyderco hit it out of the park with this Para-2 version.
Once I saw this gem I had to nab one. It's since become one of my favorites and I find myself carrying it daily. The copper scales give it some nice heft in the hand, but by no means make it too heavy. They've also developed a nice patina to them, adds that touch of uniqueness. The blade steel is also absolutely phenomenal and I've quickly come to love it. Like the others have said, the action is a bit on the stiff side (but I may have been spoiled by my Griptilian 550-1), so I may adjust the screw a bit. But the lock is solid and is easy to use single handed. I'd love to see more sprint runs like this one!
This is my first PM2. Boy did I fall hard when I seen this offered in solid copper handles. I am a super big fan of copper edc knives, pens and flashlights. Up to its release, I had been waiting for copper flytanium scales but when this came available, I didn't hesitate. The scales form a beautiful patina and the blade is super slicey sharp. Even though it is on the heavy side, I have no buyers remorse. I will be ordering more PM2's in the future.
Came a little stiff out of box but like Michael P. I adjusted the pivot screw and now i'm loving it. Fidgeting like crazy at my desk. It's super sharp which is always great and that back-lock is a lot of fun. This is my first Spyderco and my first BladeHQ purchase and couldn't be happier. I would have loved to get that random knife life Coin though (maybe next purchase BHQ?). This bad boy is heavy so wont be EDCing it although i will be playing with it while i work to get that Patina going. Will def consider another lighter Spyderco to replace my current EDC.
I love the Paramilitary 2...and well...succumbed to the "limited" run of this one. Pros: Super solid, really do love the Rex45 steel - it develops it's own patina too, typical Spyderco excellent fit and finish Cons: Heavy (~1/2 pound) - though they did some milling, I do believe they could have done a bit more to cut an ounce or so; such a limited run - but I understood why when I heard Eric Glesser explain what a pain it is to avoid oxidation patina in the production process, ships tip down pocket clip when they know 9 out of 10 knifies are gonna switch it to tip up. Overall: The weight just pulls pants down so much that it limits what pants I can ever wear it in. I love the blade and the Spyderco attention to production detail, but a bit more milling would have put it over the top.
This is by far the heaviest knife in my EDC rotation. It's a chonker for sure but the fit and finish were excellent. A little stiff out of the box like other reviews have stated but some tweaking of the pivot screw helped to get it to a more manageable tension. You have to remember that this is pure copper so you have to be gentle with the scales - they won't hold up to the same type of abuse that G-10 would.