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

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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:Satin
  • 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:2.40 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, Paramilitary 3, Para3, PM3
  • Model Number:C223PBK
  • 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:Satin
  • 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:2.40 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, Paramilitary 3, Para3, PM3
  • Model Number:C223PBK
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife
Description

Description

This Para 3 Lightweight model has a black FRN handle and a satin 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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Customer Reviews

Quintessential EDC
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Douglas E.
07-12-2019
The Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight ticks every box for the ideal EDC pocketknife. I can even overlook the lack of bottle opener (joking)!

Seriously though, the blade length is short enough to keep the life-fearing masses from running in terror, but long enough to get all the jobs done. The blade stock gives you some durability, but the FFG keeps it nice and slicey. The compression lock and drop-close action on the pivot is so smooth, that you will just want to hold the lock and swing the blade back and forth for hours (maybe that's just me). The handle has some pants-smacking good ergos (I'm not even sure what that means, but it's good), and feels well polished despite how crazy-light the FRN makes this knife.

Of negatives on this knife, I count 2, but I'm not sure they are all that negative. The first is that the pocket clip will only allow for tip-up carry. I'm one of those weirdos that likes the tip-down back right pocket carry my knives (mostly due to all the other EDC I keep in my front pockets). So, I'm trying to get along with a front pocket carry, because back pocket, tip-up means you have to flip the pocket knife around like a bali before you can even try to flick it open. The second negative, is that my poor Delica 4 sits all alone on my dresser reminiscing about the good ol' days of riding high in the back of my dungarees.

tldr: Get one! Only your Delica 4 will regret it!
Has the BM Bugout on its sights!
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Gregory C.
05-29-2019
Here are my observations vs the Bugout (I own two 535's).

Pros:
-Hair shaving sharp out of box
-Ergonomics is near perfection as far as FRN goes
-Wire clip wins every time
-Compression lock pin doesn't come up to your index finger when disengaging
-Lightweight af (still not under 2 oz though)

Cons:
-Unproven new CTS-BD1N steel compared to CPM-S30V but looks very promising
-Compared to the Bugout, it is thicker and wider in the pocket
-Also heavier by about .50 oz. Not a big deal
-Order back-log. Ordered this on Feb 5, 2019 got it on May 17, 2019

So far, really good!
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Egan R.
05-16-2019
This knife came razor sharp and drop-shutty out of the box. I know it sounds cliche but the P3L really disappears in my pocket. I've been carrying this knife exclusively since I got it a week ago and I love it!
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Description
Specifications
Reviews

Description

This Para 3 Lightweight model has a black FRN handle and a satin 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:Satin
  • 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:2.40 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, Paramilitary 3, Para3, PM3
  • Model Number:C223PBK
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife

Customer Reviews

Quintessential EDC
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Douglas E.
07-12-2019
The Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight ticks every box for the ideal EDC pocketknife. I can even overlook the lack of bottle opener (joking)!

Seriously though, the blade length is short enough to keep the life-fearing masses from running in terror, but long enough to get all the jobs done. The blade stock gives you some durability, but the FFG keeps it nice and slicey. The compression lock and drop-close action on the pivot is so smooth, that you will just want to hold the lock and swing the blade back and forth for hours (maybe that's just me). The handle has some pants-smacking good ergos (I'm not even sure what that means, but it's good), and feels well polished despite how crazy-light the FRN makes this knife.

Of negatives on this knife, I count 2, but I'm not sure they are all that negative. The first is that the pocket clip will only allow for tip-up carry. I'm one of those weirdos that likes the tip-down back right pocket carry my knives (mostly due to all the other EDC I keep in my front pockets). So, I'm trying to get along with a front pocket carry, because back pocket, tip-up means you have to flip the pocket knife around like a bali before you can even try to flick it open. The second negative, is that my poor Delica 4 sits all alone on my dresser reminiscing about the good ol' days of riding high in the back of my dungarees.

tldr: Get one! Only your Delica 4 will regret it!
Has the BM Bugout on its sights!
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Gregory C.
05-29-2019
Here are my observations vs the Bugout (I own two 535's).

Pros:
-Hair shaving sharp out of box
-Ergonomics is near perfection as far as FRN goes
-Wire clip wins every time
-Compression lock pin doesn't come up to your index finger when disengaging
-Lightweight af (still not under 2 oz though)

Cons:
-Unproven new CTS-BD1N steel compared to CPM-S30V but looks very promising
-Compared to the Bugout, it is thicker and wider in the pocket
-Also heavier by about .50 oz. Not a big deal
-Order back-log. Ordered this on Feb 5, 2019 got it on May 17, 2019

So far, really good!
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Egan R.
05-16-2019
This knife came razor sharp and drop-shutty out of the box. I know it sounds cliche but the P3L really disappears in my pocket. I've been carrying this knife exclusively since I got it a week ago and I love it!
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