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

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MSRP: $140.00
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Item #BHQ-93614

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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Reviews

Customer Reviews

Beautiful/Discreet Knife
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Michael B.
09-16-2019
Came out of the box shave ready(Literally) Great EDC, Glad I invested in it.
Lightweight edc
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scott g.
09-15-2019
Nice size. Love the frn handles, very grippy. No liners and wire pocket clip make this very light. The only con is the steel. I have a few bd1 blades and they are just a bit better than vg10, but not much. Sharpens and hones easily, just wont hold an edge like something better such as s30v. It's a good steel for the price. In order to get premium steel ,it would probably cost alot more.
Best EDC I own
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Russ W.
09-12-2019
This knife has everything I look for in a great EDC knife. It has a great sized and shaped blade in a really decent steel. It has easy one hand opening and one hand drop close. Light weight at 2.4 oz. The deep carry wire clip is my favorite as well. The FRN handles offer plenty of grip. The jimping and finger choil are just-right too. What do I not like? I would of liked the option of other colors but I'm sure that's coming for this future classic.
Great Light Weight EDC
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jeff m.
09-04-2019
Perfect knife for my daily needs. Edge was even and sharp. Quality build. Action was very smooth out of the box, more so now since a little break in. Great ergos. Highly recommend.
Awesome locking mechanism
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Mark F.
09-04-2019
The FRN handles make this a great lightweight EDC. My favorite feature is the locking mechanism. The compression lock makes one handed opening and closing truly effortless. The only issue is that it is really right handed only. I used to keep my phone in my right (dominant) pocket and keys and knife in my left. I had to switch pockets because opening the blade with my left hand was awkward at best.
So far so good!
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Michael S.
08-27-2019
I'm very fond of this knife. Super lightweight of course and feels good in the hand. Plenty sharp out of the box. Good action overall.

Can't wait till they release more colors!
Lightweight and handles well
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Steve O.
08-09-2019
This knife was sharp right out of their box and had great opening and closing without adjustment. The FRN is grippy and the knife fits well, even in my big hand. The engineering of everything is amazing for the price. A real winner. Big improvement with a clip for deep carry. Very lightweight.
Great knife
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Stephen M.
08-07-2019
Wish this was available 9 months ago when i purchased my Bugout. Small complaints about the Bugout with the axis lock breaking and waiting 3 weeks for a turnaround but in all fairness i did use it allot. This knife performs better in the food category for me and it is used for apples and that it does well. Not too much else to say besides the ergos on most any Spyderco are impressively well thought out and that the compression lock is a great lock mechanism at this price point. I am also enjoying the wire clip allot to I am always a but fan of the style.
My New Favorite Knife!!
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Eric B.
08-07-2019
Love this knife! I have the original Para 3 and I love it too, but this knife is so light and it feels like it can take a beating! Length of the blade is perfect and it feels really good in hand. The blade steel is good and this knife is very sharp out of the box. I have given it to others to use and they always ask about it and I send them to BHQ and tell them to buy it! It is a great all around user EDC knife. Spyderco has a real winner here.
Functionally perfect
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Eduardo G.
07-31-2019
Great size, lightweight, has a compression lock, great blade shape, carries well, great ergos. Its a small PM2 that is lighter than the para 3 G10 version, if you dont mind the FRN handles, this is a fantastic option.
Awesome EDC Knife
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Ivan A.
07-31-2019
I have a couple of EDC knives and got this one because I didn't have a spyderco knife and liked the idea of the compression lock. I like to have a knife that is lightweight so i had been wanting the Para 3. When this one came out, I knew this is the one I needed to get. I also have a benchmade bugout and i feel like this knife is on par with it. The blade is smaller but it looks a bit more tactical. I work in an office so I don't want to pull out a scary looking knife. This knife is ok in that aspect. I would say that this knife came razor sharp out of the box. I has become my daily EDC mainly because its light and the wire clip is so nice and easy to slip on and off of my pocket. The knife broke in very nicely after a couple days of use. Highly recommend this knife as an EDC!
Not perfect but good
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Cody D.
07-31-2019
Mine came significantly off on blade centering, that's why I didn't give it five stars. It also has a slight bit of blade play. Very light and holds edge very well. If your skeptical about the cts bd1n dont be. I had a native 5 lightweight in s35vn and I can't tell the two apart as far as ease of sharpening and edge retention. I would say over all it's a solid tool, I just think fit and finish could be a little better.
Fantastic EDC blade!
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Sean L.
07-28-2019
I'll save you some time. If you're a Spyderco fan, or you've ever thought about trying a Spyderco, buy this knife!

I love Spydie's but I never liked the Original Para 3. The LW model is superior. It's lighter, just as functional, and the repositioning of the lanyard hole allows for a deep carry wire clip. It's what the Para 3 should have been from the start.

In my mind it's main competition comes from the excellent Benchmade Bugout. (My favorite EDC knife). I took them both on a camping trip this weekend and they performed equally well. Both feathered wood with ease, both are great slicers, both are lightweight, and both are small in the pocket. I would give the edge in ergos to the Para 3 LW, but I feel the Bugout's pocket clip kept it better secured in the pocket of my shorts. The Bugout is lighter, but I didn't notice the weight of either one of them while hiking.

The blade in my example was very slightly off center, which looks to be caused by the bronze bushing being slightly thicker than the plastic on the other side of the blade. (The Para 3 only uses one bushing). Not a big deal to me.

This is an excellent knife. Try it, you won't be dissapointed.
Great Knife!
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Mark L.
07-25-2019
Love this knife for edc. Light, sharp and great one hand open and close action. Wouldn’t recommend it for hard duty, but for my type of edc, opening packages, cooking and other light cutting uses it is perfect.
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.
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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

Customer Reviews

Beautiful/Discreet Knife
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Michael B.
09-16-2019
Came out of the box shave ready(Literally) Great EDC, Glad I invested in it.
Lightweight edc
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scott g.
09-15-2019
Nice size. Love the frn handles, very grippy. No liners and wire pocket clip make this very light. The only con is the steel. I have a few bd1 blades and they are just a bit better than vg10, but not much. Sharpens and hones easily, just wont hold an edge like something better such as s30v. It's a good steel for the price. In order to get premium steel ,it would probably cost alot more.
Best EDC I own
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Russ W.
09-12-2019
This knife has everything I look for in a great EDC knife. It has a great sized and shaped blade in a really decent steel. It has easy one hand opening and one hand drop close. Light weight at 2.4 oz. The deep carry wire clip is my favorite as well. The FRN handles offer plenty of grip. The jimping and finger choil are just-right too. What do I not like? I would of liked the option of other colors but I'm sure that's coming for this future classic.
Great Light Weight EDC
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jeff m.
09-04-2019
Perfect knife for my daily needs. Edge was even and sharp. Quality build. Action was very smooth out of the box, more so now since a little break in. Great ergos. Highly recommend.
Awesome locking mechanism
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Mark F.
09-04-2019
The FRN handles make this a great lightweight EDC. My favorite feature is the locking mechanism. The compression lock makes one handed opening and closing truly effortless. The only issue is that it is really right handed only. I used to keep my phone in my right (dominant) pocket and keys and knife in my left. I had to switch pockets because opening the blade with my left hand was awkward at best.
So far so good!
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Michael S.
08-27-2019
I'm very fond of this knife. Super lightweight of course and feels good in the hand. Plenty sharp out of the box. Good action overall.

Can't wait till they release more colors!
Lightweight and handles well
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Steve O.
08-09-2019
This knife was sharp right out of their box and had great opening and closing without adjustment. The FRN is grippy and the knife fits well, even in my big hand. The engineering of everything is amazing for the price. A real winner. Big improvement with a clip for deep carry. Very lightweight.
Great knife
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Stephen M.
08-07-2019
Wish this was available 9 months ago when i purchased my Bugout. Small complaints about the Bugout with the axis lock breaking and waiting 3 weeks for a turnaround but in all fairness i did use it allot. This knife performs better in the food category for me and it is used for apples and that it does well. Not too much else to say besides the ergos on most any Spyderco are impressively well thought out and that the compression lock is a great lock mechanism at this price point. I am also enjoying the wire clip allot to I am always a but fan of the style.
My New Favorite Knife!!
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Eric B.
08-07-2019
Love this knife! I have the original Para 3 and I love it too, but this knife is so light and it feels like it can take a beating! Length of the blade is perfect and it feels really good in hand. The blade steel is good and this knife is very sharp out of the box. I have given it to others to use and they always ask about it and I send them to BHQ and tell them to buy it! It is a great all around user EDC knife. Spyderco has a real winner here.
Functionally perfect
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Eduardo G.
07-31-2019
Great size, lightweight, has a compression lock, great blade shape, carries well, great ergos. Its a small PM2 that is lighter than the para 3 G10 version, if you dont mind the FRN handles, this is a fantastic option.
Awesome EDC Knife
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Ivan A.
07-31-2019
I have a couple of EDC knives and got this one because I didn't have a spyderco knife and liked the idea of the compression lock. I like to have a knife that is lightweight so i had been wanting the Para 3. When this one came out, I knew this is the one I needed to get. I also have a benchmade bugout and i feel like this knife is on par with it. The blade is smaller but it looks a bit more tactical. I work in an office so I don't want to pull out a scary looking knife. This knife is ok in that aspect. I would say that this knife came razor sharp out of the box. I has become my daily EDC mainly because its light and the wire clip is so nice and easy to slip on and off of my pocket. The knife broke in very nicely after a couple days of use. Highly recommend this knife as an EDC!
Not perfect but good
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Cody D.
07-31-2019
Mine came significantly off on blade centering, that's why I didn't give it five stars. It also has a slight bit of blade play. Very light and holds edge very well. If your skeptical about the cts bd1n dont be. I had a native 5 lightweight in s35vn and I can't tell the two apart as far as ease of sharpening and edge retention. I would say over all it's a solid tool, I just think fit and finish could be a little better.
Fantastic EDC blade!
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Sean L.
07-28-2019
I'll save you some time. If you're a Spyderco fan, or you've ever thought about trying a Spyderco, buy this knife!

I love Spydie's but I never liked the Original Para 3. The LW model is superior. It's lighter, just as functional, and the repositioning of the lanyard hole allows for a deep carry wire clip. It's what the Para 3 should have been from the start.

In my mind it's main competition comes from the excellent Benchmade Bugout. (My favorite EDC knife). I took them both on a camping trip this weekend and they performed equally well. Both feathered wood with ease, both are great slicers, both are lightweight, and both are small in the pocket. I would give the edge in ergos to the Para 3 LW, but I feel the Bugout's pocket clip kept it better secured in the pocket of my shorts. The Bugout is lighter, but I didn't notice the weight of either one of them while hiking.

The blade in my example was very slightly off center, which looks to be caused by the bronze bushing being slightly thicker than the plastic on the other side of the blade. (The Para 3 only uses one bushing). Not a big deal to me.

This is an excellent knife. Try it, you won't be dissapointed.
Great Knife!
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Mark L.
07-25-2019
Love this knife for edc. Light, sharp and great one hand open and close action. Wouldn’t recommend it for hard duty, but for my type of edc, opening packages, cooking and other light cutting uses it is perfect.
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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