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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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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

Stunning! A masterpiece!
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Nick R.
11-13-2019
Larger than I thought it was going to be! I paid close attention to the specs but it still seems larger than it should! No complaints but i was curious what the thirteen extra dollars over the Delica were getting me. I am not disappointed! Not knocking the almighty Delica, but I'm obsessing over every detail right now and cannot find anything negative to say about this knife! The lock is my first like this so still getting used to it, but it seems solid and out of the way. The blade is beautiful and opening is smooth but not loose at all. The clip looked a bit dodgy at first but seems to be tighter than i thought it would and I think the rounded wire may be easier on pants than some other clip designs. I strayed from Spyderco a bit recently just because there are so many choices for us spoiled knife guys these days but this has me refocused! Great job Spyderco and great job BladeHQ! I'm digging that glow in the dark Delica you just added to the site!
Perfect edc
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Topher Y.
11-13-2019
This has very quickly become my favorite edc knive, getting more pocket time than many others in my collection. the size and weight are perfect for carrying around 24/7 and the pocket clip is one of the best on the market. action is phenominal i dont know how sypderco made a one washer knive this smooth and flip this well. mine is complety free swinging when the lock is depressed and there is zero blade play. my only complaint if it could be called one is that sypercos injection molding on the handles is so sharp and detailed and well done that the edges on the inside were a bit sharp but some 2000 grip sandpaper cleaned is right up and made it much for comfortable. This might just be my favorite knife.
Good knife
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Leanna F.
10-31-2019
I bought this to see how I felt about the para 3 in general and the price point wasn't bad. I gave it to my mom because of its lightweight handles. She carries a lot of knives and multitools on her belt, so I thought one with a bigger blade that wouldn't weigh her down would be a good addition. I'll end up buying a heaver one at a later date. I liked this knife, but she'd get more use out of the lightweight aspect.
Great Knife & Good Price
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David D.
10-22-2019
This Para 3 Lightweight has exceeded my expatiations, after a short breaking in period. I was unsure of this steel as I had never heard of it and researching the steel resulted in mixed reviews but I have been impressed with it so far and after 2 weeks of moderate use, it is still razor sharp. The compression lock definitely has a lighter, if not "cheaper", feel compared to my other Para 3 & Para 2 knives and took a while for me to get used to it's different feel but it does do it's job and locks solid every time. It's a great lightweight & dependable option for those times when you're not wanting (or able) to carry a little heavier Para 3 (or 2) and I'm glad I have it for those times but I prefer the slightly heavier weight and feel of my G-10 handle Para 3 for my EDC Knife.
Outstanding Small Knife
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David W.
10-10-2019
I've only had the Para 3LW for a couple of weeks but have a few observations: A few people (I was one of them) seem to have confused the new CTS-BD1N steel with the older CTS-BD1. Not to worry--Blade HQ's Knife Steel Guide says that they're completely different, BD1N is the budget BD1's "bigger, badder brother" and would likely rate as a high end or premium steel. There are a couple of cutting and edge retention tests on YouTube that bear this out--BD1N appears to rank between VG10 and S30V, very good for an unpowdered steel. I've been using it daily, mostly for cutting cardboard and food prep--I did one five-minute touch-up with Sharpmaker fine stones and it remains shaving-sharp.

When I received mine the action was pretty tight--I loosened the pivot screws an eighth of a turn on each side, worked it for 20 minutes and now it's fine, easy to open and close one-handed. The blade swings free when I depress the compression lock, yet there's no side-to-side play at all. The grind and centering were spot on. I have large hands but the handle fits them fairly well, considering. The FRN has a good, grippy texture. I like the jimping on the thumb rise and finger choil. I like the compression lock. I really like the wire deep-carry clip, it's effective and nearly invisible... I blackened it with a Sharpie and it disappears with most of my pants. The blade is only 0.44" shorter than a Para 2 and a very handy size. I like it better than the Delica or the standard Para 3 (especially for the price). It's indeed lightweight and I forget I'm carrying it, yet it serves well enough for 90 percent of my knife chores--it's small but it gets the job done. Overall the knife has a feel of precision and quality. At $91 the price is fair.

The Para 3 LW has been billed as a major competitor for the Benchmade Bugout...I don't own a Bugout but I've handled and used one briefly and it felt a little tacky in comparison--I definitely prefer the Para 3 (especially considering the $45 price difference). I like the compression lock just as well as an axis lock, and I've grown fond of a Spydie's wide, flat blade. The Bugout is a tiny bit lighter and a fraction of an inch longer, not enough to make any noticeable difference. The steel quality is about equal. For ease of opening and fun fidgeting the Spydie hole beats thumb studs hands down.

This isn't my only knife, but for those times when a smaller, lighter, unnoticed knife is all I want (when I'm wearing a suit or light shorts for instance) the Para 3 LW is a great choice.
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Dane T.
10-06-2019
This is my first Spyderco. Blade is awesome, super sharp and lock is fantastic, wire clip feels a bit janky, but we will see, overall wow light and sharp, wow
My first Spyderco
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Allen G.
10-01-2019
Absolutely wonderful EDC, its replaced my Benchmade for the time being until I need a skinnier carry for suits and the like. Love the weight and ergonomics.
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

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

Stunning! A masterpiece!
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Nick R.
11-13-2019
Larger than I thought it was going to be! I paid close attention to the specs but it still seems larger than it should! No complaints but i was curious what the thirteen extra dollars over the Delica were getting me. I am not disappointed! Not knocking the almighty Delica, but I'm obsessing over every detail right now and cannot find anything negative to say about this knife! The lock is my first like this so still getting used to it, but it seems solid and out of the way. The blade is beautiful and opening is smooth but not loose at all. The clip looked a bit dodgy at first but seems to be tighter than i thought it would and I think the rounded wire may be easier on pants than some other clip designs. I strayed from Spyderco a bit recently just because there are so many choices for us spoiled knife guys these days but this has me refocused! Great job Spyderco and great job BladeHQ! I'm digging that glow in the dark Delica you just added to the site!
Perfect edc
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Topher Y.
11-13-2019
This has very quickly become my favorite edc knive, getting more pocket time than many others in my collection. the size and weight are perfect for carrying around 24/7 and the pocket clip is one of the best on the market. action is phenominal i dont know how sypderco made a one washer knive this smooth and flip this well. mine is complety free swinging when the lock is depressed and there is zero blade play. my only complaint if it could be called one is that sypercos injection molding on the handles is so sharp and detailed and well done that the edges on the inside were a bit sharp but some 2000 grip sandpaper cleaned is right up and made it much for comfortable. This might just be my favorite knife.
Good knife
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Leanna F.
10-31-2019
I bought this to see how I felt about the para 3 in general and the price point wasn't bad. I gave it to my mom because of its lightweight handles. She carries a lot of knives and multitools on her belt, so I thought one with a bigger blade that wouldn't weigh her down would be a good addition. I'll end up buying a heaver one at a later date. I liked this knife, but she'd get more use out of the lightweight aspect.
Great Knife & Good Price
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David D.
10-22-2019
This Para 3 Lightweight has exceeded my expatiations, after a short breaking in period. I was unsure of this steel as I had never heard of it and researching the steel resulted in mixed reviews but I have been impressed with it so far and after 2 weeks of moderate use, it is still razor sharp. The compression lock definitely has a lighter, if not "cheaper", feel compared to my other Para 3 & Para 2 knives and took a while for me to get used to it's different feel but it does do it's job and locks solid every time. It's a great lightweight & dependable option for those times when you're not wanting (or able) to carry a little heavier Para 3 (or 2) and I'm glad I have it for those times but I prefer the slightly heavier weight and feel of my G-10 handle Para 3 for my EDC Knife.
Outstanding Small Knife
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David W.
10-10-2019
I've only had the Para 3LW for a couple of weeks but have a few observations: A few people (I was one of them) seem to have confused the new CTS-BD1N steel with the older CTS-BD1. Not to worry--Blade HQ's Knife Steel Guide says that they're completely different, BD1N is the budget BD1's "bigger, badder brother" and would likely rate as a high end or premium steel. There are a couple of cutting and edge retention tests on YouTube that bear this out--BD1N appears to rank between VG10 and S30V, very good for an unpowdered steel. I've been using it daily, mostly for cutting cardboard and food prep--I did one five-minute touch-up with Sharpmaker fine stones and it remains shaving-sharp.

When I received mine the action was pretty tight--I loosened the pivot screws an eighth of a turn on each side, worked it for 20 minutes and now it's fine, easy to open and close one-handed. The blade swings free when I depress the compression lock, yet there's no side-to-side play at all. The grind and centering were spot on. I have large hands but the handle fits them fairly well, considering. The FRN has a good, grippy texture. I like the jimping on the thumb rise and finger choil. I like the compression lock. I really like the wire deep-carry clip, it's effective and nearly invisible... I blackened it with a Sharpie and it disappears with most of my pants. The blade is only 0.44" shorter than a Para 2 and a very handy size. I like it better than the Delica or the standard Para 3 (especially for the price). It's indeed lightweight and I forget I'm carrying it, yet it serves well enough for 90 percent of my knife chores--it's small but it gets the job done. Overall the knife has a feel of precision and quality. At $91 the price is fair.

The Para 3 LW has been billed as a major competitor for the Benchmade Bugout...I don't own a Bugout but I've handled and used one briefly and it felt a little tacky in comparison--I definitely prefer the Para 3 (especially considering the $45 price difference). I like the compression lock just as well as an axis lock, and I've grown fond of a Spydie's wide, flat blade. The Bugout is a tiny bit lighter and a fraction of an inch longer, not enough to make any noticeable difference. The steel quality is about equal. For ease of opening and fun fidgeting the Spydie hole beats thumb studs hands down.

This isn't my only knife, but for those times when a smaller, lighter, unnoticed knife is all I want (when I'm wearing a suit or light shorts for instance) the Para 3 LW is a great choice.
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Dane T.
10-06-2019
This is my first Spyderco. Blade is awesome, super sharp and lock is fantastic, wire clip feels a bit janky, but we will see, overall wow light and sharp, wow
My first Spyderco
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Allen G.
10-01-2019
Absolutely wonderful EDC, its replaced my Benchmade for the time being until I need a skinnier carry for suits and the like. Love the weight and ergonomics.
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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