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

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MSRP: $140.00
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Item #BHQ-93617

Specifications

  • Overall Length:7.27"
  • Blade Length:3.00"
  • Blade Thickness:0.14"
  • Blade Material:CTS-BD1N
  • Blade Style:Clip Point
  • Blade Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Fully Serrated
  • Handle Length:4.27"
  • Handle Thickness:0.46"
  • Handle Material:FRN
  • 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:C223SBK
  • 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 Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Fully Serrated
  • Handle Length:4.27"
  • Handle Thickness:0.46"
  • Handle Material:FRN
  • 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:C223SBK
  • 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 fully serrated 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.

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

Lightweight edc
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scott g.
09-15-2019
The para 3 is a great size for EDC. I like the frn
handles. Grippy. No liners on this model, so it's very light weight. Nice pocket clip. Mine came stiff to open , I loosened the pivot just a bit, now very smooth. The only con is the steel. I have a few bd1 blades and they are not impressive. Just a bit better than vg10 in my opinion. Easy to sharpen and hone, it just dosnt hold and edge like something better like s30v. Still it's a good steel for the price. You dont usually see non liner frn handles with premium steel.
Second para 3
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Benjamin Z.
08-29-2019
This is my second para 3. My first para 3 was the sprint run with 52100 steel that one took forever to break in the lock because it would stick. I wanted another para 3 because after I broke it in I loved it and I wanted a fully serrated version. This one came and didn't need any break in time with the lock
Initial review subject to change
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matt c.
05-08-2019

So I got the serrated version because I don't have any serrated knives in my collection yet, I do own the pm2 and standard para 3, along with others like the delica and Smock

Pros: The lightweight para 3 is balanced more evenly than the standard, the weight on the standard is more towards the bottom of the handle near the lanyard hole, the lightweight is balanced close to the choil.

-The tension on the wire clip allows for the knife to go into the pocket much easier than the standard para 3 and the delica.

-The texturing is much easier on the pocket than the delica.

-The action is perfect on the one I recieved.

-It is slightly more ergonomic than the standard para 3 because of the rounded edges

-It is very lightweight.

- You quickly forget it's in your pocket because of how well it carries, just like the delica, and the Benchmade 940, I can't quite say the same for the standard para 3, even though it still carries well, this knife just carried better.

-The price is good for what you get

Cons:

-The plastic scales feel a tad cheap, with a slight hollow sound when running your fingernail across them (I am pretty much a stickler for quality and this doesn't bother me, and it's no where near as bad as a fullsize benchmade griptilian),
But the delica's handle feels more high end, I suspect that is because of the small space between scales it has due to the much thinner blade stock and metal liners.

-The grip on the bi-directional texturing is good, but the smooth part of the FRN is more smooth than on the delica, not a big deal and I can fix it if I felt like 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 fully serrated 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.

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 Grind:Flat
  • Finish:Satin
  • Edge Type:Fully Serrated
  • Handle Length:4.27"
  • Handle Thickness:0.46"
  • Handle Material:FRN
  • 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:C223SBK
  • Country of Origin:USA
  • Best Use:Everyday Carry
  • Product Type:Knife

Customer Reviews

Lightweight edc
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scott g.
09-15-2019
The para 3 is a great size for EDC. I like the frn
handles. Grippy. No liners on this model, so it's very light weight. Nice pocket clip. Mine came stiff to open , I loosened the pivot just a bit, now very smooth. The only con is the steel. I have a few bd1 blades and they are not impressive. Just a bit better than vg10 in my opinion. Easy to sharpen and hone, it just dosnt hold and edge like something better like s30v. Still it's a good steel for the price. You dont usually see non liner frn handles with premium steel.
Second para 3
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Benjamin Z.
08-29-2019
This is my second para 3. My first para 3 was the sprint run with 52100 steel that one took forever to break in the lock because it would stick. I wanted another para 3 because after I broke it in I loved it and I wanted a fully serrated version. This one came and didn't need any break in time with the lock
Initial review subject to change
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matt c.
05-08-2019

So I got the serrated version because I don't have any serrated knives in my collection yet, I do own the pm2 and standard para 3, along with others like the delica and Smock

Pros: The lightweight para 3 is balanced more evenly than the standard, the weight on the standard is more towards the bottom of the handle near the lanyard hole, the lightweight is balanced close to the choil.

-The tension on the wire clip allows for the knife to go into the pocket much easier than the standard para 3 and the delica.

-The texturing is much easier on the pocket than the delica.

-The action is perfect on the one I recieved.

-It is slightly more ergonomic than the standard para 3 because of the rounded edges

-It is very lightweight.

- You quickly forget it's in your pocket because of how well it carries, just like the delica, and the Benchmade 940, I can't quite say the same for the standard para 3, even though it still carries well, this knife just carried better.

-The price is good for what you get

Cons:

-The plastic scales feel a tad cheap, with a slight hollow sound when running your fingernail across them (I am pretty much a stickler for quality and this doesn't bother me, and it's no where near as bad as a fullsize benchmade griptilian),
But the delica's handle feels more high end, I suspect that is because of the small space between scales it has due to the much thinner blade stock and metal liners.

-The grip on the bi-directional texturing is good, but the smooth part of the FRN is more smooth than on the delica, not a big deal and I can fix it if I felt like it.

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