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Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Compression Lock Folding Knife Black LW (3" Black)

Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Compression Lock Folding Knife Black LW (3" Black)
Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Compression Lock Folding Knife Black LW (3" Black)
Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Compression Lock Folding Knife Black LW (3" Black)
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Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Compression Lock Folding Knife Black LW (3" Black)
MSRP: $160.00
Our Price: $112.00
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Item #BHQ-102052
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Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.27"
  • Blade Length:3.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.14"
  • Blade Material:CTS-BD1N
  • Blade Style:Clip Point
  • Blade Width:1.38"
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Black
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.27"
  • Handle Thickness:0.46"
  • Handle Material:FRN
  • Handle Width:1.10"
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:2.50 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type:Compression Lock
  • Brand:Spyderco
  • Model:Para 3, Paramilitary 3, Para3, PM3
  • Model Number:C223PBBK
  • 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:0.14"
  • Blade Material:CTS-BD1N
  • Blade Style:Clip Point
  • Blade Width:1.38"
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Black
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.27"
  • Handle Thickness:0.46"
  • Handle Material:FRN
  • Handle Width:1.10"
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:2.50 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type:Compression Lock
  • Brand:Spyderco
  • Model:Para 3, Paramilitary 3, Para3, PM3
  • Model Number:C223PBBK
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
Description

This Para 3 Lightweight model is all blacked out with a black FRN handle and a black DLC finished blade with a plain edge.

The Para 3 Lightweight takes the concept of the original Para 3 to a whole new level. As the original was a smaller, lighter version of the popular Paramilitary 2, this model is even lighter. The handle is made from textured injection-molded FRN and is set for ambidextrous tip-up carry. The blade is made from CTS-BD1N with a full-flat ground satin finish.

The Para 3 Lightweight was awarded Most Innovative American Design at Blade Show 2019.

Features:
  • CTS-BD1N blade offers a exceptional corrosion and wear resistance.
  • Ergonomic textured FRN handle offers heightened comfort and grip strength.
  • Ambidextrous wire clip for left or right side carry.
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Reviews

Customer Reviews

Better than expected
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Chris M.
11-04-2020
I kept looking at this knife and couldn't decide on the lw or g-10. Well I ended up buying the lw first and love it. The knife is very light in pocket which is great for me and the wire clip is my new favorite spyderco clip by far. I have a few of the para 2 and 3 but the lw finds its way in my pocket more often than not since buying it. I live in FL so I wear shorts a lot on the weekend and the weight of this knife is perfect in pocket, you forget its there. I was worried about it being too light for harder tasks but this knife is up to it. If your looking for a great EDC lightweight knife this is it. Almost forgot the knife came razor sharp and in perfect condition.
Sage 5 LW is Better
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Antonio M.
10-31-2020
For a few more bucks Id get a Sage 5. The weight difference is insignificant. The problem with the Para 3 are the shortcuts Spyderco made in the design. For example there is only one washer and half a compression lock. I found this knife very difficult to center the blade and still get smooth blade action as a result.
Middle of the road.
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Seth E.
09-28-2020
Overall I was not as impressed with this knife and I was hoping to be by all the rave reviews it has across the internet. The action was sticky and did not deploy reliably, even after tuning it to be better than it came stock. The same can be said for the closing action as well. The blade never seemed to make up its mind about if it was going to close of not. I blame this solely on the design of the compression lock. Press it in too far and the blade sticks on close, don't press it enough and the blade stays locked in place. The sweet spot for getting it to work properly was about 1/4 of a mm. Way too finicky for my taste. All that being said, I really did like the blade and the ergos were pretty nice. I can think of worse blades to buy for $112. Ultimately though, I ended up returning mine.
Missing a body screw but still wonderful
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Elisabeth L.
09-27-2020
Great condition other than missing a body screw. Compression lock is super solid. Blade was razor sharp out of the box. Very smooth action and suuuper light.
The baby pterodactyl
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Matt L.
09-24-2020
Spyderco Para 3 LW. If I had to describe in one word, about what sets this knife apart from others in its price range, I would say "surprised". Pleasantly surprised. Not really sure what I was expecting, but I'm pretty sure, I got more. 1. Compression lock is wonderful. Liner lock that you access from the back. How clever. The knife is incredibly smooth to operate. Even though I am awful at the spydie flick, there are many (easier) ways to open this knife. 2. Handle is light (imagine that) and has a neat directional grippyness to it that reminds me of shark's skin. 3. Pocket clip is also surprising; cheap, flimsy pocket wire, or well designed, minimalist, pocket clip? I choose to believe the latter. A little worried that it will get caught on something and get bent, but so far so good. 4. The blade is short, pointy, scratch-resistant, and very sharp. The Para 3 is a little on the small side for me personally, but I know the good folks at BHQ really love their tiny blades. Despite that, the knife feels good and looks good. However, is it worth the price? Almost. Nearly, but not quite. It is a lot of dough for not a lot of knife, regardless of how much I like it. Would I discourage a friend from buying the Para 3? Absolutely not. Would I tell them to check out the Para 2 or Tenacious first....maybe yeah. Love my Para 3, and it gets loads of pocket time. Great knife, good purchase. 87/100
Spyderco fidgety!
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Patrick M.
09-01-2020
This is my first Spyderco purchase. Honestly, I never liked the look. But, after much research, video watching, etc., I decided to purchase. I've had it less than a week, and the "Spydie flick" took me about a day to get it. Now, I can't stop playing with the thing! I am not an everyday, hard use guy. I carry this most days, use it some days, but am absolutely enjoying this knife. Very light, and so fun to flick. So far, so great!
Great knife so far
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Jeffrey E.
08-17-2020
I've only had this about a week, but love it so far. The compression lock is my new favorite lock, and I love a wire pocket clip. It was really tight when I got it, but loosening the pivot a little helped. Came razor sharp. The weight makes this an ideal EDC knaf. If only I could master the spydey flick.
Bugout pesticide?...perhaps
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Mitchell B.
08-14-2020
My second knife ever was the G10 blacked out PM3 in 2013, and that is all I carried for 7 years. FF to 2020, and holy crud had things changed!
Pros: Great strength & toughness to weight ratio, super light in pocket, Spyderco fidget factor out of the box, typically excellent blade grind and a perfect pocket clip (Spyderco - learn from yourselves and start moving most of your models to the wire).

Cons: After a good month of carrying, the BD1N steel definitely lost that popping edge that my S30V PM3 took 2 or 3 months to lose - not a huge deal because it stropped up very quickly on the Sharpmaker fine stones. The jimping on the thumb ramp is great for ergonomics - but it catches and drags pretty severely when I pocket it tip-up right side.

Overall a great value and a great evolution to the PM3 for lighter carry, but I would not call it a Bugout killer - my Bugout out slices, has better edge retention, carries easier in the pocket, and matches the fidget factor of this PM3. The PM3 only wins outright on scale toughness and grip in hand. This is still a great knife and a standard for sure!
Buy it
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MATT S.
08-11-2020
To me this is a must have knife. It is my all-time favorite EDC. Great to carry, lightweight but hardy. I love the wire clip. The knife feels great in my hand whether open or closed. I think the all blacked out color looks awesome.
Probably the best knife i will ever get!
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Ian D.
06-22-2020
This is a great knife for EDC! It works great for every day cary and is also stands up to hard work.
worthy of the price and reputation
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jeremy j.
05-22-2020
I have collected knives and swords for 20 years ranging from hunting to EDC and collecting.
Lately I've been looking into lightweight EDC knives for different possible situations and kept coming back to the para 3.
Its razor sharp and the blade locks into place tightly with no play in any direction. It has a good grip that doesn't want to snag on gloves or clothing. Its thin and obviously light.
I LITERALLY forget I'm carrying it.

It's worth it in every way possible.
The best Everyday Carry Knaf
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Jesse G.
01-31-2020
I've owned other Spyderco knives. I've always wanted a Para 3. Now that I've purchased one, I understand what all of the hype is about. This knife is perfect. The deep-carry clip. The fact that it's lightweight in the hand. Great blade steel. And it just looks so darn good in all black. Easily the best purchase I've made on a knife.
Amazing EDC
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Branden M.
01-05-2020
Absolutely amazing knife. I was expecting it to be a little stiff, only having a washer on one side of the knife, but it falls shut easy! Love the all black design, and it really is weightless. If you are debating, buy it, you won't regret it!
EDC Perfection
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Chad I.
12-23-2019
I've always wanted a Para 3 in my knife lineup, but the G-10 version wasn't for me. I bought this knife instead & after a couple weeks of carrying it I really love it. The "QC" on this knife is flawless. Looks great. Disappears in the pocket. Ergo's are incredible. Wire clip for the win. Compression locks rock & the DLC coated blade is quite impressive. This knife outperforms its price tag. My Bugout has been replaced. Thank you Spyderco & BladeHQ.
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Description
Specifications
Reviews

This Para 3 Lightweight model is all blacked out with a black FRN handle and a black DLC finished blade with a plain edge.

The Para 3 Lightweight takes the concept of the original Para 3 to a whole new level. As the original was a smaller, lighter version of the popular Paramilitary 2, this model is even lighter. The handle is made from textured injection-molded FRN and is set for ambidextrous tip-up carry. The blade is made from CTS-BD1N with a full-flat ground satin finish.

The Para 3 Lightweight was awarded Most Innovative American Design at Blade Show 2019.

Features:
  • CTS-BD1N blade offers a exceptional corrosion and wear resistance.
  • Ergonomic textured FRN handle offers heightened comfort and grip strength.
  • Ambidextrous wire clip for left or right side carry.
Read More
Show Less

Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.27"
  • Blade Length:3.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.14"
  • Blade Material:CTS-BD1N
  • Blade Style:Clip Point
  • Blade Width:1.38"
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Black
  • Edge Type:Plain
  • Handle Length:4.27"
  • Handle Thickness:0.46"
  • Handle Material:FRN
  • Handle Width:1.10"
  • Color:Black
  • Frame/Liner:Stainless Steel
  • Weight:2.50 oz.
  • User:Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip:Tip-Up
  • Knife Type:Manual
  • Opener:Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type:Compression Lock
  • Brand:Spyderco
  • Model:Para 3, Paramilitary 3, Para3, PM3
  • Model Number:C223PBBK
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
Better than expected
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Chris M.
11-04-2020
I kept looking at this knife and couldn't decide on the lw or g-10. Well I ended up buying the lw first and love it. The knife is very light in pocket which is great for me and the wire clip is my new favorite spyderco clip by far. I have a few of the para 2 and 3 but the lw finds its way in my pocket more often than not since buying it. I live in FL so I wear shorts a lot on the weekend and the weight of this knife is perfect in pocket, you forget its there. I was worried about it being too light for harder tasks but this knife is up to it. If your looking for a great EDC lightweight knife this is it. Almost forgot the knife came razor sharp and in perfect condition.
Sage 5 LW is Better
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Antonio M.
10-31-2020
For a few more bucks Id get a Sage 5. The weight difference is insignificant. The problem with the Para 3 are the shortcuts Spyderco made in the design. For example there is only one washer and half a compression lock. I found this knife very difficult to center the blade and still get smooth blade action as a result.
Middle of the road.
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Seth E.
09-28-2020
Overall I was not as impressed with this knife and I was hoping to be by all the rave reviews it has across the internet. The action was sticky and did not deploy reliably, even after tuning it to be better than it came stock. The same can be said for the closing action as well. The blade never seemed to make up its mind about if it was going to close of not. I blame this solely on the design of the compression lock. Press it in too far and the blade sticks on close, don't press it enough and the blade stays locked in place. The sweet spot for getting it to work properly was about 1/4 of a mm. Way too finicky for my taste. All that being said, I really did like the blade and the ergos were pretty nice. I can think of worse blades to buy for $112. Ultimately though, I ended up returning mine.
Missing a body screw but still wonderful
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Elisabeth L.
09-27-2020
Great condition other than missing a body screw. Compression lock is super solid. Blade was razor sharp out of the box. Very smooth action and suuuper light.
The baby pterodactyl
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Matt L.
09-24-2020
Spyderco Para 3 LW. If I had to describe in one word, about what sets this knife apart from others in its price range, I would say "surprised". Pleasantly surprised. Not really sure what I was expecting, but I'm pretty sure, I got more. 1. Compression lock is wonderful. Liner lock that you access from the back. How clever. The knife is incredibly smooth to operate. Even though I am awful at the spydie flick, there are many (easier) ways to open this knife. 2. Handle is light (imagine that) and has a neat directional grippyness to it that reminds me of shark's skin. 3. Pocket clip is also surprising; cheap, flimsy pocket wire, or well designed, minimalist, pocket clip? I choose to believe the latter. A little worried that it will get caught on something and get bent, but so far so good. 4. The blade is short, pointy, scratch-resistant, and very sharp. The Para 3 is a little on the small side for me personally, but I know the good folks at BHQ really love their tiny blades. Despite that, the knife feels good and looks good. However, is it worth the price? Almost. Nearly, but not quite. It is a lot of dough for not a lot of knife, regardless of how much I like it. Would I discourage a friend from buying the Para 3? Absolutely not. Would I tell them to check out the Para 2 or Tenacious first....maybe yeah. Love my Para 3, and it gets loads of pocket time. Great knife, good purchase. 87/100
Spyderco fidgety!
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Patrick M.
09-01-2020
This is my first Spyderco purchase. Honestly, I never liked the look. But, after much research, video watching, etc., I decided to purchase. I've had it less than a week, and the "Spydie flick" took me about a day to get it. Now, I can't stop playing with the thing! I am not an everyday, hard use guy. I carry this most days, use it some days, but am absolutely enjoying this knife. Very light, and so fun to flick. So far, so great!
Great knife so far
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Jeffrey E.
08-17-2020
I've only had this about a week, but love it so far. The compression lock is my new favorite lock, and I love a wire pocket clip. It was really tight when I got it, but loosening the pivot a little helped. Came razor sharp. The weight makes this an ideal EDC knaf. If only I could master the spydey flick.
Bugout pesticide?...perhaps
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Mitchell B.
08-14-2020
My second knife ever was the G10 blacked out PM3 in 2013, and that is all I carried for 7 years. FF to 2020, and holy crud had things changed!
Pros: Great strength & toughness to weight ratio, super light in pocket, Spyderco fidget factor out of the box, typically excellent blade grind and a perfect pocket clip (Spyderco - learn from yourselves and start moving most of your models to the wire).

Cons: After a good month of carrying, the BD1N steel definitely lost that popping edge that my S30V PM3 took 2 or 3 months to lose - not a huge deal because it stropped up very quickly on the Sharpmaker fine stones. The jimping on the thumb ramp is great for ergonomics - but it catches and drags pretty severely when I pocket it tip-up right side.

Overall a great value and a great evolution to the PM3 for lighter carry, but I would not call it a Bugout killer - my Bugout out slices, has better edge retention, carries easier in the pocket, and matches the fidget factor of this PM3. The PM3 only wins outright on scale toughness and grip in hand. This is still a great knife and a standard for sure!
Buy it
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MATT S.
08-11-2020
To me this is a must have knife. It is my all-time favorite EDC. Great to carry, lightweight but hardy. I love the wire clip. The knife feels great in my hand whether open or closed. I think the all blacked out color looks awesome.
Probably the best knife i will ever get!
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Ian D.
06-22-2020
This is a great knife for EDC! It works great for every day cary and is also stands up to hard work.
worthy of the price and reputation
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jeremy j.
05-22-2020
I have collected knives and swords for 20 years ranging from hunting to EDC and collecting.
Lately I've been looking into lightweight EDC knives for different possible situations and kept coming back to the para 3.
Its razor sharp and the blade locks into place tightly with no play in any direction. It has a good grip that doesn't want to snag on gloves or clothing. Its thin and obviously light.
I LITERALLY forget I'm carrying it.

It's worth it in every way possible.
The best Everyday Carry Knaf
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Jesse G.
01-31-2020
I've owned other Spyderco knives. I've always wanted a Para 3. Now that I've purchased one, I understand what all of the hype is about. This knife is perfect. The deep-carry clip. The fact that it's lightweight in the hand. Great blade steel. And it just looks so darn good in all black. Easily the best purchase I've made on a knife.
Amazing EDC
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Branden M.
01-05-2020
Absolutely amazing knife. I was expecting it to be a little stiff, only having a washer on one side of the knife, but it falls shut easy! Love the all black design, and it really is weightless. If you are debating, buy it, you won't regret it!
EDC Perfection
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Chad I.
12-23-2019
I've always wanted a Para 3 in my knife lineup, but the G-10 version wasn't for me. I bought this knife instead & after a couple weeks of carrying it I really love it. The "QC" on this knife is flawless. Looks great. Disappears in the pocket. Ergo's are incredible. Wire clip for the win. Compression locks rock & the DLC coated blade is quite impressive. This knife outperforms its price tag. My Bugout has been replaced. Thank you Spyderco & BladeHQ.
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