Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Compression Lock Knife Blue (3" Satin SPY27)


  • Satin finished blade made from CPM-SPY27 steel.
  • Ambidextrous thumb hole opener.
  • Textured blue FRN handle with satin hardware.
  • Compression lock mechanism.
  • Reversible pocket clip for tip-up carry.

The Spyderco Para 3 made a name for itself as one of the best EDC knives out there, and the Para 3 Lightweight made it even better! It is a joy to operate, and thanks to the bi-directional texturing of its FRN handle, it is lighter and grippier than ever. Instead of the classic spoon clip, Spyderco employed a wire clip that is gentler on your pocket, carries much deeper, and further reduces the weight. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better ultra-light folder anywhere, so slip this guy into your pocket and learn what it means to EDC with ease!

If you like this model, we guarantee you'll enjoy our other Spyderco Para 3 folding knife variations. We offer a range of different handles, blade finishes, and blade steels.

Item #BHQ-106189
MSRP: $214.00
Our Price: $149.80
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  • Overall Length: 7.27"
  • Blade Length: 3.00"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.14"
  • Blade Material: CPM SPY27
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Width: 1.38"
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Satin
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.27"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.46"
  • Handle Material: FRN
  • Handle Width: 1.10"
  • Color: Blue
  • Frame/Liner: Steel
  • Weight: 2.40 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
  • Model Number: C223PCBL
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Everyday Carry
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

Excellent Lightweight EDC
JONATHAN S. on Jul 7, 2023

Great little knife from Spyderco. I was a little unsure of the frn at first, but it really does make for the perfect lightweight carry. As always, the blade came razor sharp from Spyderco.

J. D. on Dec 23, 2021

Always glad to order from BladeHQ. You get quality and dependable products. So this knife is amazing. I was wanting the PM2 with black G10 scales but opted for the lightweight PM3. Very happy. And the blue or shall I say midnight blue grips are fantastic! Thank You Blade HQ and merry Christmas.

My First Para 3 Lightweight: Perfect Out of the Box
Brent C. on Aug 10, 2021

I'm not one to usually go out and order a $140 knife, a Para 3 Lightweight at that, but here I am now writing a review for it. The blade came razor-sharp out of the box. The blade was perfectly centered. It feels solid despite being fairly light: that's the Para 3 Lightweight for you I guess. What can I say? It feels like quality. I would hope I'd continue to have more good experiences with Spyderco and Blade HQ moving forward. Blade HQ also didn't take too long to get the knife to me, so that was nice. $140 for a Para 3 Lightweight? Yeah, it might be too a little too much for a Para 3 Lightweight, but I've heard good things about this SPY27 steel. I would hope the steel upgrade is worth the $35 increase from the Black FRN Satin model. Plus, the Blue FRN is such a nice alternative to the plain black scales. Regardless, it seems you can't go wrong with Spyderco's Para 3 Lighweight. I'd recommend this model to one not looking to not pick up another knife in black.

Very Nice for the Price
MARK A. on Apr 19, 2021

I've carried the Para 2 for years and thought I'd try the new steel on the Para 2 Lightweight. So far, after about a week of heavy use, it's performing well - still no need to sharpen or even tough up the blade. The other components are right in line with what you'd expect from Spyderco.

Balanced design=good feels and looks.
David T. on Apr 6, 2021

I was searching for a compact, quality folding EDC with a blade length ~3 inches. I decided to try the SPY27 steel. The blade has a nice shape, is sharp and the thickness of the spine instills confidence. The Para 3 Lightweight fits my medium/large (golf glove size) very well. The grasps possible with this knife's design feel natural and secure. The blade I received is perfectly aligned in the handles (some have complained that it was a little misaligned but did not feel that this would affect function). The FRN handle feels nicely textured, strong and light. The texture is directional--at the end of the handle it aids in drawing the knife from out of your pocket and at the front, it provides purchase to prevent slipping towards the blade. I like the clip placement and shape that allows the knife to sit deeper in a pocket. Initially, the deployment is a bit tight but is loosening up. Locks up securely. One handed manipulation is nice. The blue color is a little darker than in the pictures shown. I think it looks fantastic. Overall, it is a tight functional package. This is my first Spyderco and I have no regrets.

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