Spyderco Para 3 Compression Lock Knife Black G-10 (3" Black) C223GPBK


  • Black-finished clip point blade made from CPM S45VN steel.
  • Ambidextrous thumb hole opener.
  • Textured black G-10 handle scales.
  • Secure compression locking system.
  • Four-position reversible pocket clip.


The Para 3 is a more compact version of Spyderco's immensely popular Paramilitary 2. It features the same high-strength Compression Lock, textured G-10 scales, and a scaled-down, full-flat ground blade. This is another solid design from Spyderco that's sure to please those who love the PM2, but prefer shorter blades or live in areas with blade-length restrictions.

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MSRP: $263.00
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  • Overall Length: 7.27"
  • Blade Length: 3.00"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.15"
  • Blade Material: CPM S45VN
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Black
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.27"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.45"
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Color: Black
  • Frame/Liner: Steel
  • Weight: 3.40 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Tip-Down
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type: Compression Lock
  • Brand: Spyderco
  • Model: Para 3, Paramilitary 3, Para3, PM3
  • Model Number: C223GPBK
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

Paul L. on Jun 21, 2021

Just amazing all around. Perfect size and this g10 is sooooo grippy.

Anonymous on Dec 28, 2020

Nice knife
Bob D. on Sep 24, 2020

Solidly built, arrived very sharp. Very easy to open and close one handed.

A Favorite
LOGAN H. on Aug 29, 2020

This knife is popular for a reason. It’s got style, functionality, and fantastic action. It’s one of my favorites to use and fidget with, although not necessarily my absolute favorite pocket carry as the thumb hole can be a bit obtrusive (but still more carry-friendly than the PM2, in my opinion). Every knife person should own either a PM2 or Para 3–they’re just good for the soul—and if you only need a 3” blade, I’d say the Para 3 is the better carry.

Excellent Knife
Aric R. on Aug 10, 2020

The build quality and feel is super.

First Spyderco and won't be the last
Josh R. on Jul 27, 2020

I wanted a Spyderco but wasn't sure which one I wanted for my first one. After doing some research, it seemed like the Para 3 would be a good start. And I couldn't have been more correct. This knife is AWESOME! Looks great with the murdered out look, compression lock works like a dream, slices like a boss. Feels great in my hand. Easy to manipulate one handed. It's almost hard to even justify buying any other Spyderco knives after getting this one (But I will get more for sure). Homerun of a blade.

One Of My Faves
Esteban M. on Jul 25, 2020

You WILL NOT regret buying this knife! It was one of the first additions to my collection, and I still haven't found another knife that I choose to EDC as much. It's easy and smooth to open, the locking mechanism is really easy to use and keeps your finger out of danger, and like all Spydercos, the PM3 really defines drop-shut. If you're like me, you're also pretty picky when it comes to weight (of the knife, not of myself, haha). The Benchmade CF Elite, for instance, is just too light in the handle and blade to feel solid when deploying or holding, and while I don't want a knife so heavy that it pulls my pockets down, at just 1.6 ounces more, the PM3 has enough weight to feel solid in the hands, while staying light enough to EDC on a regular basis. Can't complain about the blade steel or coating either, and the G-10 handle is one of my favorites to wrap my sausages around! If you're searching for the perfect EDC knife, this might be a top contender!

Best Knife Ive Ever Had.
Keith M. on Mar 5, 2020

Let me tell you, thing is a beauty. Action is smooth and on point, grip and ergos make easy peasy handling. bomb. knife. recommend to everyone. must have lynch clip to complete beautification.

Perfect EDC
Adam S. on Jan 17, 2020

Great action. Lightweight. Blade is perfect size for every day use.

Only Pocket Knife You'll Ever Need!
Nick C. on Oct 12, 2019

This is my favorite pocket knife. I've had no interest in any others after buying this. Love the lock style, the ergos, the size. Everything about the knife is perfect.

excellent edc
Brandon C. on Oct 6, 2019

Fantastic ergonomics and great action. I added a deep carry clip and now it's pretty much perfect. Quickly becoming one of my favorite knives to carry.

Top 3 best edc
luke h. on Oct 1, 2019

the para 3 is super light and provides a very durable and robust knife ready to take on anything. great ergos, sweet slicer, great action and blade shape. Love the texturing of the g-10. Centers perfectly and will take a beating

EDC Beast
Levi W. on Aug 12, 2019

Love this knife. the fit and finish is top notch and its super fun to open and close while your just sitting around.

All Black Everything
Joshua L. on Jul 20, 2019

I Love the all black it looks so good and it is really fun to open. This is my first Compression Lock knife and it's a very clever and safe way of closing the knife because your fingers don't have to get in the way of the blade when it closes, not a huge issue for me but I know it can be for some people. The knife also feels very comfortable in the hand and it feels like it wants to just go to work. I can see why this knife has been praised as one of the best EDC knives. If you are thinking about this knife as your next I'd say to go for it.

Excellent EDC
Philip K. on Jul 12, 2019

I bought this Para 3 after seeing Peter McKinnon with one on YouTube. It was actually one of my more expensive knives at the time, but it ended up being the gateway drug to a few other even more expensive purchases. This is a great knife all around, and the compression lock is great for confident one handed closing. It’s well built in every way, and I’ve been able to put a nice sharp edge on it that will push cut paper, even though I’m still working on my sharpening game. On the downside, I find it a little small for my hand when I not choked up on the choil, so I think I may have been better off with a PM2. I’ll have to pick one up and see.

Dan E. on Jun 21, 2019

Oh my god I love the compression lock. Never had a spyderco before this and I love it. I was a fool and messed with the tension rough out of the box rather than getting used to it. My favorite part is how there are 8 different ways I can deploy the knife in either hand in either orientation. Swapped out for a deep carry pocket clip though. Great edge and outstanding fit and finish. I play with it all day at my desk. A little small for field use and the blade shape wouldn't be my top choice. Still one of my favorite carries.

Eric B. on May 9, 2019

Love the Para 3. excellent all around

Awesome knife
Anthony M. on Mar 14, 2019

Bought this as a gift for myself for landing a new job. From the feel in my hand, to the weight, to the overall sexy look of the black on black paired with a bronze ano Lynch clip. It was definitely a great purchase. First Spyderco I own and I am loving it in my pocket

Joseph P. on Mar 5, 2019

Just ordered one, can't wait.

Mini love
Christian D. on Mar 5, 2019

So I'm a fan of the PM2 but when I got this PM3 in my hand.... Well what an amazing knife Spyderco!!! This smaller version of the PM2 fits the bill of anything you get anything you need done and tough enough to handle any tasks you throw at it! Spyderco what an amazing knife!!! Awesome BladeHQ 👍🏼

Norm U. on Mar 5, 2019

I love this knife!! Has grippy G10 scales. Great blade steel! Smooth opening! Love the Spyderco thumb open hole.

Perfect work knife
Joel C. on Mar 5, 2019

What can I say that hasn't been said already ? This will always be one of the best. Super sharp, awesome blade steel, perfect detent, drop shutty after break in, G10.. Just get a lynchNW clip and your set. A+

The knife that made me realize brands other than benchmade exist
christian f. on Mar 5, 2019

In the knife world you have two choices materials and design. Some companies focus on design and leave you wanting for nicer steels or better handle materials, some use some of the nicest materials but leave the design feeling uninspired or so over the top it doesn't feel like your knife. Spyderco really hit the mark for me with the para 3 series. The design hits my marks for what I love in a knife and doesn't leave me wanting for nicer steel even in the base model.

Levi s. on Mar 5, 2019

This knife be in fortnite. Because it is epic. It looks amazing. It feels so sleek at noice

Grate knife
Bryton g. on Mar 5, 2019

It’s a grate knife perfect size and has grate steel

Oober doober cool
Nissa H. on Mar 5, 2019

I don’t have one personally yet, but I’ve felt one and want one soooo bad, hopefully I win the giveaway?!!!!

Purely Amazing!!!
Noah G. on Mar 5, 2019

All I can say it is awsome.

Top 3 all time EDC!
Chase H. on Mar 4, 2019

When I purchased this knife I was blown away by the fit and finish as well as how well executed Spyderco’s compression lock is. Unfortunately for me I lost this knife on a hike late last year and I’m working up the funds to purchase another. If you have any doubt look no further this thing is a beast!

Great knife!!
Rebecca H. on Mar 4, 2019

I carry a Para 3 most days. It’s light weight and dose not take up much pocket space. It came razor sharp right out of the box. The size of the Para 3 is also not to intimidating to most. I also recommend picking up a Lynch deep carry clip as well for it as it sits a little high in the pocket normally.

Best EDC Ever!
Jaden K. on Feb 28, 2019

This little knife is a perfect EDC! It's not too big, but it's also not too small. It's great for just about anything. Very smooth very sharp right out of the box. I've had for almost 4 months now, and it still feels as sharp as it was out of the box. If you're reading this review and thinking about getting it, DO IT! You won't regret it!

Probably one of the best knives
Anthony G. on Feb 23, 2019

I carry this knife very frequently and love it with all my heart. The compression lock is probably my favorite part. Definitely recommend it!

Favorite knife so far
Josh s. on Jan 31, 2019

Received my para 3 today and I can say without a doubt that it will be in my pocket everyday. The action is great and smooth wasn’t totally sure if I was going to like the compression lock but it’s awesome for single hand use.

Gave this knife as a groomsman gift.
James P. on Jan 29, 2019

This knife is beautiful. The wifey wants one now. So do I! Blade hq had it engraved next day and shipped the day after. Also, this was 1 of 5 engraved knifes purchased on my order. Truely Amazed. This knife is light, action is so smooth and black coating on blade is just outstanding.

The perfect carry.
Nick M. on Dec 23, 2018

Hasn’t left my pocket in over a year, don’t see any reason that will change in the near future.

Love everything about it
chuck k. on Oct 29, 2018

If you want the perfect EDC look no further. I've owned benchmade, ZT and spyderco alike, and this is my go to every day. tighter and more reliable build quality than benchmade, and a more reasonable price than ZT. I prefer it over my Paramilitary 2, even. Get it blacked out if you dont want it to stand out in the pocket.

The beez knees
Jonathan P. on Oct 18, 2018

At first I was not sure I'd like it. I carry knives mostly for protection and cutting boxes(exciting right?) and the clip felt a bit clunky and I wasnt sure the plastic texture would be enough. However, pretty soon I realized that the handle design is easy to keep control of regardless of texture. The texture is nice though. My favorite parts of this knife are the cut of the blade(amazing) and the clip. Once I realized how the clip can be used to easily "draw the knife"...it really grew on me. I love it.

Some Day
Julian S. on Oct 14, 2018

Some day soon I am going to own a para 3.”I hate” that I don’t have one yet , but SOME DAY MAN!!! Thanks for all the hard work that went into crafting this dude!

Great Size And Knife
Justin D. on Oct 14, 2018

Wanted a paramilitary but I like the kinda smaller knives for my daily carry. This one fit perfectly! It has been through a decent amount of work and the black has also held up a lot better than expected! The finger choil is a great part of the knife that adds a lot more use to it! Love it!

Great looking knife
Sean P. on Oct 13, 2018

The para 3 looks really cool all blacked out, and the fact that it's basically just a smaller pm2 is amazing. It's hard to beat this knife in terms of a functional EDC.

Perfect for PM2 Transition
RC N. on Oct 12, 2018

Had a PM2 for years working in a live music setting and it worked flawlessly. Unfortunately I sold out and became a corporate desk jockey and the first time I pulled my PM2 out a co worker commented on how large the knife was. I immediately looked for a smaller Spyderco alternative and was pleasantly surprised when I saw the Para 3. Solid knife for EDC in a smaller package. I do suggest a deep carry clip (Lynch NW).

Perfect EDC
Christopher H. on Oct 12, 2018

I love my Para 3! This is my favorite EDC out of my knife collection. The blade is a prefect size for normal everyday use and doesn't draw unwanted attention. The blade came razor sharp and opens and closes smoothly with one hand. The combination of the finger choil at the base of the blade and the ergonomics of the handle make it a perfect fit for my large hands. I cannot recommend the Para 3 enough!

Jerad S. on Oct 12, 2018

I am in love with this knife, I have always carried spyderco and liked them but this knife is my all time favorite! I bought a lynch clip for it and it is now my personal edc knife. I love the compression lock and the size is perfect spyderco nailed it with this knife!!

Spyderco at their finest!
Michael R. on Jan 25, 2018

I own almost 10 spydercos, and when this arrived today I was in heaven. Right out of the box the opening is smooth as silk. The compression lock is perfect, and the blacked out S30V is crisp. My only wish is that I would have bought this knife month's ago.

Some quirks but very good knife
Michael H. on Jan 19, 2018

I bought this knife to replace my para2 while it was off to Spyderco warranty. I'm just going to list some pros and cons. These are also just my opinions and solely based on the knife I received. Pros: ·good fit and finish ·lockup is tight ·fits large hands well ·knife came sharp ·even grinds on both sides ·grippy g10 (not too grippy) Cons: ·tip up carries too high ·unneeded lanyard hole So in short the knife I received was all in all perfect as far as edge and fit and finish. I researched the knife before purchasing and ordered a deep carry clip. So I will not be knocking the knife for the cons as everyone should know these before buying it. I would recommend the knife.

The best edc knife in my opinion hands down!
Rick D. on Jan 19, 2018

This is literally the best edc knife on the market today. great weight, great grip, and great open and closing action. Well worth the price.

Fantastic knife-A MUST BUY
Nick C. on Jan 19, 2018

Perfect knife for those that want a smaller knife to carry everyday. Out of the box this knife is super smooth. Whether you use the thumb hole to open or a fun flick of your (middle) finger. Fits in hand as if it was molded to my own. Great EDC knife. Downsides: Do to blade design knife/sypderco hole opener, the life is slightly wider than I prefer when closed. The actual cutting surface of the blade smaller that the blade looks, due to the choke up grip area (which is nice to have though). I would prefer if it came with a deep pocket carry clip because the standard clip leaves about an inch of the knife exposed. With all of this, I would rebuy this knife in a heartbeat.

Fantastic EDC!
Ryan S. on Jan 9, 2018

Perfect size for EDC, came razor sharp and locks up solid. Can't recommend the Para 3 enough, if you love the Paramilitary 2 you'll love the Para 3.

Best EDC!
Kenny b. on Jan 6, 2018

Absolutely stellar knife! Perfect size for everyday carry even when not clipped to your pocket. In fact, mine is usually down in the pocket. Holds edge great, G10 is grippy, super smooth action and overall my favorite knife i own.

Perfect edc
Joseph M. on Jan 6, 2018

I always wanted a paramilitary 2 but because of where I live I can’t carry anything above 3 inches, once the para 3 came around my prayers have been answered.

Great edc
James L. on Jan 5, 2018

One of my favorite knives now, as expected from Spyderco. It’s sharp as heck. Some reviews said that it sits too high in the pocket, but you could just put the pocket clip on the other side for a tip down carry and voila problem solved.

Great EDC
Jordan C. on Jan 5, 2018

Snagged this as my first EDC blade after much research and this is a phenomenal knife! A great size for one handed use. Perfect weight!

My new EDC
Miguel L. on Jan 5, 2018

Delica 4 was my beloved EDC, carried for 2 years straight, but this came out and killed my Delica, now it's my EDC. Better steel, g10 grip, and compression lock gives me more range of use and ease of use. At first I thought it would be a bigger carry, but it's not noticeable. The step up from vg10 to s30v is a big difference in sharpening time. Also, this particular model with coated blade is much more office friendly imo, since you don't flash out a shining steel in front of others. The coating is superb, spyderco does a great job on coatings, it just doesn't comes out. Flicking it open its a wonder, feels almost assisted like. The compression lock is very comfortable, although mine wont free fall the blade it still is fun to play with. I'm very satisfied.

Great knife
matt c. on Jan 4, 2018

perfect lock up, great size just like the delica, still very light also.

Nice job Spyderco
Justin H. on Jul 8, 2017

This is a perfect size knife for EDC. Just my opinion though:) The G10 on this model is aggressive, and probably the highest quality G10 that money can buy. The fit and finish is superb as expected, and the DLC is nicely done, It's completely matte finished, with the only reflective parts of the knife being the Spyderco Bug logo, the compression lock/liners and the blade's edge grind. Very sharp out of the box. I've read reviews saying that the pocket clip creates a hot spot on the palm but I don't see any issues with this as of yet. Only negative I can say is that the knife rides high in the pocket, but I ordered a deep carry clip to fix that problem. Other than that it's an awesome knife, definitely a work horse. This knife will handle any task I throw at it just fine.

Almost perfect
Tomas K. on Feb 7, 2020

Great ergos, great action. Love all black looks. Very flickable out of the box. The only con for me is the pocket clip - replacement for deep cary is needed and ergonomics for standard clip are not good for me.

Great knife
Jason B. on Sep 2, 2019

Spyderco does a great job ensuring their knives are built the way they should be. The P3 is built to this same high standard. Light weight and small in pocket, yet feels as good as a PM2 while in use. The compression lock is an excellent mechanism to open and close the blade without putting your fingers in harms way. The G-10 scales are solid, although the texture is rough enough to wear out pants pockets if the clip is to tight. My only real complaint is the high ride pocket clip. Spending an extra 20 bucks on an aftermarket deep carry clip didn't stop me from buying, I just think a knife at this price point should come with a better designed clip.

Not quite a PM2
Robert M. on Mar 4, 2019

It's an all around solid knife, but the PM2 does just about everything better. Basically, if you want a PM2, but require/prefer a smaller blade, get a para 3.

High quality knife; too small for my tastes.
Jake D. on Oct 13, 2018

I love the PM2, the Caly 3, Native 5, and Manix 2. This knife's proportions seem off and the edge/blade seems disproportionate to the handle. The knife is extremely well made, it's just not for me.

Compact Para 2
Zach C. on Oct 13, 2018

This knife is just right! I love that spyderco has a smaller version of the Para 2. From the scales to the lock up and the full flat grind, I am just in love. Only 4 stars because it doesn't have a deep carry pocket clip.

Its sweet
Kevin m. on Feb 4, 2018

Love this thing. Blade centering blade sharpness and locking mechanism are flawless as expected. Only odd part is they used a pin instead of a Torx screw just above the compression lock, hopefully that won't make the knife hard to take apart when needed. Also one of the backspacer pillars came silver instead of blacked out like the rest of the hardware, kind of doesn't make sense for the look of the knife. Overall it still kicks ass.

Great knife!
Ryder L. on Jan 6, 2018

Great EDC knife! Price point is spot on for the quality you get. Only thing I had to do was get a deep carry clip, but that was just because I felt that it rode to high in my pocket. Would highly recommend this knife for someone looking for a smaller EDC knife!

Great EDC knife
Anders S. on Jan 5, 2018

Great sized knife for EDC. I have the Para 2 as well and I like them both. But some days I don't want to carry a larger knife. The Para 3 is almost too small for my hand but with the added finger choil it makes slicing and cutting tasks very comfortable. My only issue is that since it's a full flat grind, leaf shaped blade I try to avoid too much abuse to avoid breaking the tip. But the grind is what makes it such a great slicer. I carry mine with the Wisemen Company Fang which puts a wave opener on the para, I just wish Spyderco would make a para model with the wave from the factory.

Beefy Delica 4
Liam G. on Jan 5, 2018

I will confess, that if you have a Delica 4 or a Paramilitary 2, this is probably not the knife for you. I liked the knife, but for me it doesn't match a best of both worlds for me. The quality is exactly as expected, stellar! However, the execution of the design left me a little empty. That hight lanyard hole placement is just plain awkward for tip up carry. With this, it also made the knife sit funny in the pocket, since the Spydie hole pushes the knife out at an angle. This makes a small knife feel much bigger in the pocket, which is a big deal for me. If you are a tip up carry person, this will feel more prominent and uncomfortable than a Manix 2. If you carry tip down, most of these concerns go away, which is great! This knife is a great blade shape, is not too heavy, and has good steel. It's not bad, but if you have a Delica or Paramilitary 2, I'd probably pass because you most likely alternate those two instead.

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