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Spyderco Para 3 Compression Lock Knife Carbon Fiber (3" Satin 52100)

MSRP: $309.95
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Item #BHQ-87873

Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.27"
  • Blade Length:3.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.15"
  • Blade Material:52100
  • Blade Style:Clip Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.27"
  • Handle Thickness:0.45"
  • Handle Material:Carbon Fiber
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:3.40 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Down, Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type:Compression Lock
  • Brand:Spyderco
  • Model:Para 3, Paramilitary 3, Para3, PM3
  • Model Number:C223CF52100P
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.27"
  • Blade Length:3.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.15"
  • Blade Material:52100
  • Blade Style:Clip Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.27"
  • Handle Thickness:0.45"
  • Handle Material:Carbon Fiber
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:3.40 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Down, Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type:Compression Lock
  • Brand:Spyderco
  • Model:Para 3, Paramilitary 3, Para3, PM3
  • Model Number:C223CF52100P
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
Description

Description

The Para 3 is a more compact version of Spyderco's immensely popular Paramilitary 2. It features the same high-strength Compression Lock, carbon fiber scales, and a scaled-down, full-flat ground 52100 steel 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.

Features:
  • 52100 blade offers exceptional cutting power and edge retention.
  • Ergonomic carbon fiber handle offers heightened comfort and grip strength.
  • Four-position pocket clip and a lanyard hole provides numerous carry options.
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Reviews

Customer Reviews

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Rian A.
10-08-2019
The steel is awesome once it starts to patina. The only complaint I have on this knife is the visuals of the carbon fiber scales. The peel ply texture takes away from the aesthetics of the carbon fiber, but I love this knife.
Digging the compression lock
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Michael M.
03-14-2019
This knife is an easy 5 star knife, however I received mine so dull it struggled to slice/tear paper. But for me easy enough to remedy. Sharpened up nicely with a mirror edge at 17 degree edge and I'm in love with the steel and the knife. Perfect all around knife. Great to fidget with. Highly recommend to everyone
Becoming my favorite EDC
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Kevin S.
03-04-2019
Great knife! Light weight, grip of the peel ply CF feels amazing, and it came SHARP. I've been using it to cut apples and other acidic things to get a patina going... So far so good. BHQ got it to me fast!
Solid EDC!
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Rebecca H.
03-04-2019
I have a small collection of Spydercos and the Para3 is my go to! The carbon fiber 52100 is my favorite one of the bunch. Came super sharp out of the box and had held its edge real well with basic use. I highly recommend it over the basics if you want something a little different.
Great Knife
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Anthony C.
01-25-2019
Its great. I've carried it everyday since I got it. However there are a few things that I would change. Rounding the scales a little more would be nice and the steel while able to take a great edge is a little prone to chipping (nothing major but there are visible nicks in the blade)
A must have?
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Riley F.
01-08-2019
Itís a common opinion that if you collect knives, you should own either the paramilitary 2 or the para 3. Iím not huge into big knives, so I bought the para 3, and I actually do get the hype now. However, after buying a few other Spyderco knives Iíve decided they donít make pocket clips that I enjoy. I know there are aftermarket options, but being such a popular company, Spyderco should have made a clip that sits in a pocket less awkwardly by now.
I love it, a jewel in 52100 steel but....
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Paul W.
01-07-2019
The build quality of the Para 3 is excellent. The carbon fiber handles have a wonderful level of traction. Straight out of the box, the blade is very sharp. There is nothing to complain about - this knife is an absolute jewel in 52100 steel.
However, if you are used to carrying a Manix 2, then this knife may feel and look smaller than you expected. I already love the knife, but I have to adjust to the smaller size.
Solid but not Great
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Chris W.
12-31-2018
I like Para 3's but not loving the 52100 steel choice so far. Gets very sharp but the tip broke off with little pressure. Carbon scales are awesome and light.
fits like a glove and sharp as hell
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Steve r.
10-17-2018
Just received my first Spyderco knife. I decided on the Para 3. What a great knife! fantastic grip, powerful lock, and amazingly sharp. The edge has held through some tough carvings, no wear apparent . I own many Benchmade, Zero tolerance, and Protech autos. This Spydero is as fast as any auto or flipper knife I own.

You won't be disappointed !
Just buy it!!
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Jame D.
10-15-2018
This 52100 version is my 7th Para 3...the perfect EDC knife IMHO. Just buy it already!
Gift from a Brother-in-law
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Tim G.
10-13-2018
I was given this knife as a gift from my brother in law. All the other crap he pulled was forgiven when he gave me this knife. It's my EDC and I love it. It's smooth open and the compression lock is now one of my favorites. It's simple open, simple close, and just a great practical knife. If you've ticked off a family member and sorry just doesn't cut it, give a Para 3.
Para 3 is 10/10
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michael L.
10-12-2018
(this review is for the g10/s30v version) When I first got into knives my first premium knife purchase was a blacked out paramilitary 2, Awesome knife. Came with good steel, perfect grind, Ergos on these models are perfect for me (can't live without a finger choil) , spyderco g-10 is still the best I've handled and let's not forget the compression lock. So when I learned of the para3 and got my hands on one it was love all over again, perfection was perfected. I almost started collecting paramilitary 2's but now I know instead I will be collecting para3's. Perfect size, perfect ergos, just about perfect all around for me. If your on the fence about this vs a pm2 it all comes down to size other than that pretty much the same knife.
Great blade awesome steel
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Kyle K.
10-12-2018
Got this knife and immediately put a apple cider vinegar patina on the blade... The 52100 steel takes a wicked edge and after a days use, a simple strop brings it back to hair spliting Apex. This smooth acting knife beat my other, more expensive knifes, out of my pocket.
Great slicer
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Micah W.
10-12-2018
The blade is gray for daily EDC. The Size is perfect even by Ben standards lol. The knife while smaller than the para 2, still maintains the level of performance for slicing tasks. The compression lock is one of my favorites next only to the axis lock as it adds ease of use a function while maintaining a strong lock up.
Sound product, interesting material choices
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Eric C.
10-12-2018
Iíll go ahead and assume you guys know about the design of the para 3 with its compression lock, 3Ē blade, and overall user friendly ergonomics. Is this iteration, with the carbon fiber scales and carbon fiber steel a good choice for you?

First off the carbon fiber is done very well. While itís not incredibly flashy, itís patterned and layered nicely while remaining muted for a good, almost minimalist appearance.
The biggest draw and difference for this model, however, is the 52100 carbon steel blade. Personally, I love 52100 ever since I started using Joe Caltonís 52100 blades. They patina nicely, tough and holds an edge well, and sharpens easy enough. Now because of the high carbon content, this blade has the propensity to rust on you if you donít take care of it, but thatís the point. To me, itís a knife guys knife, in a knife guys steel. You can see the patina art that your lifestyle builds on the blade, you have to take loving care for it, and you may need to sand off a rust spot or two if you arenít diligent from time to time.
All in all, I think this knife adds a unique ownership experience to my collection. It seems to have a bit more soul than some of my other pieces.
In conclusion, if you enjoy the carbon fiber, the carbon steel blade, and the design of the para 3, this knife is a winner hands down.

(Iím looking to get a Spyderco tomahawk next!:)
My First Para
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Chico D.
09-20-2018
We all know how great the para/paramilitary series is. This is my first one and I love it. I went back and forth between this or a para 2. I watched all the videos I could find, and it just came down to size. I love the size of this knife. Perfect for edc and super light. The edge you can get on this knife is crazy sharp, and seems to hold up well. I'm an office guy so nothing too heavy for my knives, but as far as most day to day task it crushed it. Love how light it is, and the look/feel of the carbon fiber. My only one complaint, and it's small, is it could be a little deeper on the carry. Every few weeks I put some mineral oil on it and go about my business. Take a matter of seconds. GET YA ONE!
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Description
Specifications
Reviews

Description

The Para 3 is a more compact version of Spyderco's immensely popular Paramilitary 2. It features the same high-strength Compression Lock, carbon fiber scales, and a scaled-down, full-flat ground 52100 steel 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.

Features:
  • 52100 blade offers exceptional cutting power and edge retention.
  • Ergonomic carbon fiber handle offers heightened comfort and grip strength.
  • Four-position pocket clip and a lanyard hole provides numerous carry options.
Read More
Show Less

Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.27"
  • Blade Length:3.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.15"
  • Blade Material:52100
  • Blade Style:Clip Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.27"
  • Handle Thickness:0.45"
  • Handle Material:Carbon Fiber
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:3.40 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Down, Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type:Compression Lock
  • Brand:Spyderco
  • Model:Para 3, Paramilitary 3, Para3, PM3
  • Model Number:C223CF52100P
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife

Customer Reviews

Super Cool
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Rian A.
10-08-2019
The steel is awesome once it starts to patina. The only complaint I have on this knife is the visuals of the carbon fiber scales. The peel ply texture takes away from the aesthetics of the carbon fiber, but I love this knife.
Digging the compression lock
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Michael M.
03-14-2019
This knife is an easy 5 star knife, however I received mine so dull it struggled to slice/tear paper. But for me easy enough to remedy. Sharpened up nicely with a mirror edge at 17 degree edge and I'm in love with the steel and the knife. Perfect all around knife. Great to fidget with. Highly recommend to everyone
Becoming my favorite EDC
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Kevin S.
03-04-2019
Great knife! Light weight, grip of the peel ply CF feels amazing, and it came SHARP. I've been using it to cut apples and other acidic things to get a patina going... So far so good. BHQ got it to me fast!
Solid EDC!
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Rebecca H.
03-04-2019
I have a small collection of Spydercos and the Para3 is my go to! The carbon fiber 52100 is my favorite one of the bunch. Came super sharp out of the box and had held its edge real well with basic use. I highly recommend it over the basics if you want something a little different.
Great Knife
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Anthony C.
01-25-2019
Its great. I've carried it everyday since I got it. However there are a few things that I would change. Rounding the scales a little more would be nice and the steel while able to take a great edge is a little prone to chipping (nothing major but there are visible nicks in the blade)
A must have?
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Riley F.
01-08-2019
Itís a common opinion that if you collect knives, you should own either the paramilitary 2 or the para 3. Iím not huge into big knives, so I bought the para 3, and I actually do get the hype now. However, after buying a few other Spyderco knives Iíve decided they donít make pocket clips that I enjoy. I know there are aftermarket options, but being such a popular company, Spyderco should have made a clip that sits in a pocket less awkwardly by now.
I love it, a jewel in 52100 steel but....
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Paul W.
01-07-2019
The build quality of the Para 3 is excellent. The carbon fiber handles have a wonderful level of traction. Straight out of the box, the blade is very sharp. There is nothing to complain about - this knife is an absolute jewel in 52100 steel.
However, if you are used to carrying a Manix 2, then this knife may feel and look smaller than you expected. I already love the knife, but I have to adjust to the smaller size.
Solid but not Great
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Chris W.
12-31-2018
I like Para 3's but not loving the 52100 steel choice so far. Gets very sharp but the tip broke off with little pressure. Carbon scales are awesome and light.
fits like a glove and sharp as hell
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Steve r.
10-17-2018
Just received my first Spyderco knife. I decided on the Para 3. What a great knife! fantastic grip, powerful lock, and amazingly sharp. The edge has held through some tough carvings, no wear apparent . I own many Benchmade, Zero tolerance, and Protech autos. This Spydero is as fast as any auto or flipper knife I own.

You won't be disappointed !
Just buy it!!
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Jame D.
10-15-2018
This 52100 version is my 7th Para 3...the perfect EDC knife IMHO. Just buy it already!
Gift from a Brother-in-law
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Tim G.
10-13-2018
I was given this knife as a gift from my brother in law. All the other crap he pulled was forgiven when he gave me this knife. It's my EDC and I love it. It's smooth open and the compression lock is now one of my favorites. It's simple open, simple close, and just a great practical knife. If you've ticked off a family member and sorry just doesn't cut it, give a Para 3.
Para 3 is 10/10
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SSSSS
michael L.
10-12-2018
(this review is for the g10/s30v version) When I first got into knives my first premium knife purchase was a blacked out paramilitary 2, Awesome knife. Came with good steel, perfect grind, Ergos on these models are perfect for me (can't live without a finger choil) , spyderco g-10 is still the best I've handled and let's not forget the compression lock. So when I learned of the para3 and got my hands on one it was love all over again, perfection was perfected. I almost started collecting paramilitary 2's but now I know instead I will be collecting para3's. Perfect size, perfect ergos, just about perfect all around for me. If your on the fence about this vs a pm2 it all comes down to size other than that pretty much the same knife.
Great blade awesome steel
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Kyle K.
10-12-2018
Got this knife and immediately put a apple cider vinegar patina on the blade... The 52100 steel takes a wicked edge and after a days use, a simple strop brings it back to hair spliting Apex. This smooth acting knife beat my other, more expensive knifes, out of my pocket.
Great slicer
SSSSS
SSSSS
Micah W.
10-12-2018
The blade is gray for daily EDC. The Size is perfect even by Ben standards lol. The knife while smaller than the para 2, still maintains the level of performance for slicing tasks. The compression lock is one of my favorites next only to the axis lock as it adds ease of use a function while maintaining a strong lock up.
Sound product, interesting material choices
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SSSSS
Eric C.
10-12-2018
Iíll go ahead and assume you guys know about the design of the para 3 with its compression lock, 3Ē blade, and overall user friendly ergonomics. Is this iteration, with the carbon fiber scales and carbon fiber steel a good choice for you?

First off the carbon fiber is done very well. While itís not incredibly flashy, itís patterned and layered nicely while remaining muted for a good, almost minimalist appearance.
The biggest draw and difference for this model, however, is the 52100 carbon steel blade. Personally, I love 52100 ever since I started using Joe Caltonís 52100 blades. They patina nicely, tough and holds an edge well, and sharpens easy enough. Now because of the high carbon content, this blade has the propensity to rust on you if you donít take care of it, but thatís the point. To me, itís a knife guys knife, in a knife guys steel. You can see the patina art that your lifestyle builds on the blade, you have to take loving care for it, and you may need to sand off a rust spot or two if you arenít diligent from time to time.
All in all, I think this knife adds a unique ownership experience to my collection. It seems to have a bit more soul than some of my other pieces.
In conclusion, if you enjoy the carbon fiber, the carbon steel blade, and the design of the para 3, this knife is a winner hands down.

(Iím looking to get a Spyderco tomahawk next!:)
My First Para
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Chico D.
09-20-2018
We all know how great the para/paramilitary series is. This is my first one and I love it. I went back and forth between this or a para 2. I watched all the videos I could find, and it just came down to size. I love the size of this knife. Perfect for edc and super light. The edge you can get on this knife is crazy sharp, and seems to hold up well. I'm an office guy so nothing too heavy for my knives, but as far as most day to day task it crushed it. Love how light it is, and the look/feel of the carbon fiber. My only one complaint, and it's small, is it could be a little deeper on the carry. Every few weeks I put some mineral oil on it and go about my business. Take a matter of seconds. GET YA ONE!
Show All
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