Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Compression Lock Knife G-10 (3.4" Satin S45VN) C81GP2


  • Satin CPM-S45VN stainless steel blade with Spyderco's signature Round Hole opener.
  • Washer pivot system for buttery-smooth opening.
  • Fine-textured G-10 handle scales in black over stainless steel liners.
  • Spyderco's excellent Compression Lock for maximum safety and accessibility.
  • Four-way pocket clip that can be oriented for tip-up or tip-down carry on either the right or left side.


The Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is one of the most popular knives on the market today, which is no surprise to anyone whos ever held it. It boasts great materials, reliable build quality, an attractive aesthetic, an ergonomic grip, and is easy to use with one hand—a rare combination of excellent features. Each has contributed to the PM2s astonishing popularity. This icon of the knife industry has found its way into the pockets of soldiers, builders, hunters, survivalists, and everyday knife carriers all over the world. A host of aftermarket customization options from companies like Flytanium allow it to be truly individualized. Every knife enthusiast needs a PM2 in their collection.

We stock many versions of the Spyderco Paramilitary 2, made in several colors with different blade and handle materials. Be sure to check out our exclusive tanto model!

The Paramilitary 2 as we know it today is the second iteration of the old Para Military, a model designed by Spyderco as a more compact and accessible version of their Military model. But if you're looking for something even more compact, the Para 3 might be the knife for you!

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MSRP: $265.00
Our Price: $185.50
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  • Overall Length: 8.25"
  • Blade Length: 3.44"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.00"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.14"
  • Blade Material: CPM S45VN
  • Blade Style: Clip Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Satin
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.81"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.46"
  • Handle Material: G-10
  • Color: Black
  • Frame/Liner: Steel
  • Weight: 3.75 oz.
  • User: Right Hand, Left Hand
  • Pocket Clip: Tip-Up, Tip-Down
  • Knife Type: Manual
  • Opener: Thumb Hole
  • Lock Type: Compression Lock
  • Brand: Spyderco
  • Model: Paramilitary 2
  • Model Number: C81GP2
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Tactical
  • Product Type: Knife

Customer Reviews

Amazing Knife
Joshua M. on Apr 26, 2023

Got this knife as a self-Christmas present. The action is super smooth. The scales feel nice. And the blade.. Wow.. I've never dealt with such a sharp knife. It came factory sharpened like a razor blade. It's pretty incredible. I don't carry it often, as I try to take cheaper knives to work, but I love carrying this one. The *only* thing that would make it better is being assisted opening, or even automatic. Maybe someday. Otherwise, absolutely love it!

A beautiful workhorse
Josh H. on Jan 12, 2023

Been wanting a Para2 for about a year but they were always sold out. Finally got my hands on one and MAN is it fantastic. Simple, ergonomic, and solid as all get out. The opening and closing one handed is a breeze and the blade is razor sharp. Only thing I would say is that if you have smaller hands (like me; I got those trump hands) consider getting the para3. It’s slightly smaller and may fit your hand better. But if you want a sturdy, sharp, handsome knife and you have normal/large hands, this is for you.

very lovely knife
Humphrey E. on Oct 6, 2022

have wanted a para 2 for a while now. bought it while it was on sale. arrived a day early. very pleased with the result :)

Excellent knife
Calvin W. on Feb 11, 2022

I had no idea I would love this knife as much as I have. The compression lock is amazing and the fidget factor is off the charts. S45VN blade is flawless. Get one!

PM2 My new favorite EDC
Giovanni S. on Dec 29, 2021

I have had this knife before and it never let me down. The one I had a couple years back was the PM2 with camo handles and a black blade in S30VN steel. I’m so glad I was able to pick this up with the S45VN, never thought they would have improved the steel so much. The last one I had, I gave to a friend, and I’m so glad I finally bought another one. I have the Spartan Blades Formido in black so this is a good edition to my growing collection of knives I carry on me everyday. Durable, reliable and scary sharp this knife will not let you down. I’m so excited to start carrying this knife again in the new improved steel. Thank you BHQ for the awesome service!

Love it
Caleb m. on Oct 25, 2021

Great all around edc knife and exactly what I expected. Great s45vn steel and overall amazing feel. Definitely worth it! 👍🏻

Doesn't get much better for the money
Troy E. on Aug 30, 2021

Had I purchased this years ago I'd have a lot fewer knives in my collection. What can you say that hasn't already been said. Pretty much the crown jewel of the Sypderco lineup for EDC. This won't be leaving my pocket anytime soon.

Geez what a great knife
Fred C. on Aug 28, 2021

Gonna start with the bad news. So far, I'm not huge on the compression lock. It's ok. It works a lot like a liner lock, but the liner has a small niche in the middle of the blade so...like a really good liner lock. Still bent steel. Still very slender. But doesn't have that slipped liner catastrophic failure chance. Pocket clip not great--probably will purchase a different clip. A lot of times, I remove them completely, but I want one on this for jeans carry. Let's go with the better. You can open and close this one-handed (assuming right-handed carry). Careful to keep fingers out of the way when closing. That's one of the huge benefits of the compression lock--one-handed close. The good news: let's start with the handle--I LOVE the G-10. It's VERY grippy, almost micarta comfy--your hand is going nowhere while cutting. It's also a lot more solid feeling than the FRN stuff on a lot of their knives. Ergos are wonderful. Hand fits it like it was custom made for me--using finger choil or not. Nice and light too. As usual, spidey opener is super nice and super smooth. And the great news...S45VN is basically a super steel. Go do your research--you'll see. This was a big sales point for me. I knew the PM2 got great reviews for even just good materials, but the materials on this are REALLY nice, S45VN/G10 handles...ok let's give this puppy a try. Also--better corrosion resistance than S30V and others in that area (which are FINE btw, have quite a few in S30V). Blade shape is very slicey. Can definitely stab with it as well in tactical situations. I figure I could use this knife for anything. And for the best part! Nice little engraving: Golden, Colorado U.S.A., Earth Bonus: free T-shirt from BHQ for knife day--thanks guys. This is absolutely the all-around tactical/survival/edc knife I was looking for. Better than expected. If I have to grab one knife in an emergency, I'm grabbing the Paramilitary 2.

Best $150 knife ever
John G. on Aug 21, 2021

S45VN hair popping steel and perfect ergos along with IMO the best locking mechanism on a pocket knife all for $150 how can you afford to not buy this knife. BladeHQ had it shipped and delivered 2 days faster than predicted. 5/5 Spyderco and BladeHQ a winning combination.

Better than expected
MARK S. on Apr 9, 2021

I am new to the Spyderco world and ordered this knife, almost as an experiment to see what "all of the fuss" was about. Very impressed. The knife arrived quickly, was packaged well and shipped for free. My initial impression was that the knife was somewhat larger than I expected, but in the pocket, it carries very well. I reversed the pocket clip to carry tip up. I is a bit stiff at the pivot and at the compression lock, but I just need to keep playing with it to break it in. I'm sure it will loosen up. It is advertised at S30V, which I was fine with at $154. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is shipped S45VN. Super sharp and the blade is a very slicey shape. I had heard complaints that the blade tip might be too thin for heavy work, but it appears much stronger and thicker than illustrations had led me to believe. Buying a base model knife, I was planning to replace the scales before I purchased the knife. However, the factory scales feel awesome. Should be perfect for everyday carry. Looking forward to long term use. I'm more than satisfied with this knife and will work into my daily rotation.

Awesome Knife
Jaron P. on Oct 1, 2020

This knife is fantastic. I am new to the knife world and dont have a whole lot to compare it to, but I love the Spiderco pm2 design. Fits great in my pocket and works really well for me. I will be purchasing more Spiderco knives in the future. Bladehq has awesome service as well. Thank you!

My new EDC
Ricky D. on Sep 25, 2020

Smooth opening with a flick of the thumb. Sharp as a scalpel; could operate with it, or butcher a deer. Getting a pretty version for my girlfriend, to show her how much I trust her.

Fantastic Knive
Shane C. on Aug 24, 2020

Love the incredible smooth opening and drop shut action. Makes for great spydie flicks. Came very sharp and I love the size. This knife will be in my pocket for a long time.

Great Knife
David H. on Aug 21, 2020

At first I thought this was going to be a little big but fits and feels good in my pocket. Very sharp. Ive been using it as I do all my pocket knives and its keeping an edge better than anything Ive ever had.

Aron S. on Apr 27, 2020

Bought my first Spyderco and am psyched to get it. This knife ended up being my pick because it is so universally loved, and I was able to customize it here at BladeHQ so easily. Thanks!

I'm an idiot...
Ryan V. on Apr 27, 2020

I've had the pm2 for 3 hours and I've  already cut myself by accident, knife came  SCARY sharp, very impressed with the  compression lock, now I want to get the  Ikuchi and the Para 3 Lightweight.

Modern Classic
Douglas E. on Jan 27, 2020

Although not as carry-able as my Para 3 lightweight, this is one tough EDC pocket knife. Given its size, it is almost too much to call it a pocket knife, and yet it nestles in like it has always been there. I love this knife, and have caught myself comparing it to the Para 3 for 5 or more minutes debating on which would end up in my pocket. Since this beauty is still new, it wins for now. It is, however, going to be tougher and tougher to make this decision in the future. If you don't have one, get one. If you don't have enough money for one, save up and then get one. You won't regret it.

One of my favorites!
Peter W. on Jan 3, 2020

High quality, well made. However it is not so expensive that you will be afraid to use it. Currently use it as my hard use knife and it still works great!

So smooth!
MICHAEL H. on Nov 28, 2019

No complaints here, great knife. Quality item for sure.

Love it
Adam n. on Nov 12, 2019

One of my favorite knifes in my collection. When we gonna get a tanto version

If I HAD to pick 1...
Tyler B. on Oct 28, 2019

If I could only pick 1 folding knife fro the rest of my life... with out a shadow of a doubt I am picking the Spyderco Para 2. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with this knife! You can beat it half to death and it will still outwork almost anything! I love everything that this knife has going on!

Great Beginner EDC Knife
John L. on Oct 3, 2019

I great beginner knife. It was a suggestion in one of the best edc knifes to carry and I see why.

Stellar knife - you need one.
sean i. on Oct 2, 2019

One of the most fun to play with, the Para 2 is one of my most used knives. As you can see, it's a beloved blade with a huge following. Total home run - love the compression lock too. Buy one.

4.9 Stars!!!
Hector L. on Oct 1, 2019

This thing is almost perfect. Perfect steel, perfect handle, perfect skin...I just don’t want to make any imperfections on this knife, that why for the 4.9 stars.

Classic for a Reason
Tim M. on Sep 27, 2019

What can I say that hasn't already been said about the PM2? It's a classic for a reason. It carries well for a larger sized knife, and it's a Spyderco, so the quality is there. It's a well-constructed, extremely sharp everyday blade. Just do yourself a favor and buy it.

10/10 would recommend
Avery B. on Aug 25, 2019

Before ordering this knife I was debating whether or not to get a pm2 or a para 3. I went with the pm2 and I am extremely glad that I did. It doesn't carry nearly as large in the pocket as I thought it would, and it is impressively light in the hand. Do yourself a favor and get a Paramilitary 2.

The Everyman's Knife
Gabe A. on Aug 1, 2019

As many people have pointed out, this is a knife that everyone should have in their collection. But why? The aesthetics are the first thing that draw people to the Para 2. With a fantastic drop point, flat grind blade and an ergonomic G10 handle, it looks stellar. And if you want to customize it with custom scales, spacers, or anything else for that matter, the Para 2 is the one to go with. There are endless options regarding customs. Designed with a tactical purpose or a heavy-duty utility purpose in mind, it really is the Everyman’s knife. S30V is one of the most versatile steels you can use and it comes standard on the Paramilitary 2. Easy to sharpen, holds an edge, and it’s still pretty resistant to rust and corrosion. Ergonomics are next tier on this blade. With the jimping on the back and the option to use the 50/50 choil, it’s more than solid. And if you’re worried about the locking mechanism, the compression lock on the back accomplishes several things. As you press harder, it locks tighter. Second of all, you can unlock the blade without worry that you’re going to cut yourself since the lock is on the back. With all this being said and still coming in around a $140 price point, the value for your money really is unbeatable. It’s probably why every single EDC knife list will include this one in there over something like a Chris Reeve.

I mean its a para 2
Eduardo G. on Jul 31, 2019

Great blade shape, great action, great ergos, good steel. Its everything is hyped up to be, my only complaint is that the handle seems a little too big for the amount of blade.

Don’t make the same mistake I made...
William D. on Jul 15, 2019

I’ve owned several Spydercos and decided It was time to step up and get a Para2. I thought I would try to save some money and get a used one on €Bay. Soon as I got it I knew something was wrong...it was a counterfeit, luckily I got my money back. For about $35 more I got this incredible NEW authentic Sypderco Para 2. It’s perfect!! Locks up hard and rock solid. Fit and finish is second to none. Blade HQ is awesome, I ordered on a Thursday and got my knife on Monday morning with free shipping. Great prices and service, many thanks!!

On me everyday
Matthew H. on Jul 7, 2019

This knife lives in my edc bag. A little large for pocket in my environment but perfect once you’re away from work and the grocery store.

All I Can Say Is Your Welcome!
Eric B. on May 9, 2019

My go to EDC for a few years now. Nothing comes close to the para 2

Everyone should own one
Daniel T. on Mar 16, 2019

This was my introduction to knives over $100 (3 years ago now) and it is what sent me over the edge into this hobby. With my XL hands I prefer this over the para 3. Be careful of the thin tip and you will never have a problem. I strongly recommend a Lynch clip for deep carry.

Cant go wrong
Jimmy M. on Mar 14, 2019

The para 2 is that knife that should be a standard when thinking of a pocket knife. literally can't go wrong due to the price you'll pay and the amount of times you'll use it. Came out of the box razor sharp and slices through most of your everyday items(cardboard boxes, paper, rope, like butter! Nice thin razor sharp blade and more varieties of handle materials than you know what to do with. Anybody looking for a well priced solid knife that will last years with little maintenance this is the guy you want.

Fantastic Platform!
Arthur G. on Mar 5, 2019

If you are looking for a solid knife with widely available options for customization, look no further! The pararmilitary 2 is perfect! From lanyards to custom scales and even upgraded backspacers, there are countless options for this knife!

Oh baby I think I love you
Patrick B. on Mar 4, 2019

I bought this knife as an ideal everyday beater. I quickly fell in love with the ergonomics, the compression lock, and the s30v blade steel. Cuts anything you need like butter. This knife is all you’ll ever need. I think I’m in love with this knife

Best EDC knife there is
Jared s. on Mar 4, 2019

I’ve owned this knife for almost a year now and it’s been in my pocket ever since. I’ve taken it on many backpacking trips and this knife has held up. After a year of everyday use, there is still no blade play, and i can still shave hair and I haven’t even sharpened the edge. This was the best $140 I’ve ever spent. No regrets!

Steve a. on Feb 23, 2019

This knife really strikes all the right chords for me,great quality, multiple deployment methods and just plain sharp.Its fun as a fidget knife or it’s serious as worker, kinda just does everything well.Why are still reading this when you should be buying one🤗

Hunter L. on Feb 22, 2019

Love this knife! Carry it religiously along with a tenacious. Blade is incredibly sharp and holds its edge very well. Locking mechanism is awesome and the size is great.

Great Multi-tasker
Ryan H. on Feb 22, 2019

Really love this knife! It may be a little big for some people's edc, but it carries great in the pocket. Great blade shape and ergonomics. Compression lock is amazing as always. Definitely recommend this blade!

Rick B. on Feb 22, 2019

Great EDC! Pretty much a "do it all" knife. Just buy it. You won't be disappointed.

I love this knife
Ramon T. on Dec 11, 2018

This is a great edc As well as the all-around knife. From the time I purchased this knife it has never left my pocket And I don’t ever think I would find another knife to replace it. Hands-down best purchase I ever did

First impression
Sam D. on Dec 3, 2018

Just received this in the mail. First impressions are fantastic. Perfectly centered. Razor sharp. And solid lock up. Can't wait to put it to the test.

one of the best
Sam H. on Nov 19, 2018

just get any pm2 whether its sprint or production knife you will not regret it i already have a couple at only 15 love this knife so much.

Awesome EDC!
Trevor S. on Oct 19, 2018

This is a great and durable every day carry knife! It stays sharp and is easy to put an edge on it! Would recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a mid range EDC knife.

A modern classic
Randle B. on Oct 18, 2018

I originally went into the store to buy a Endura 4, but out of curiosity I asked to handled the PM2. Well I never held a knife before that simply felt so right, and I had to have it. the G10 handle grips well and fits my slightly larger hands perfectly. The compression lock feels sturdy and is easy to close the knife one handed. The opening action of the blade is smooth and crisp and the S30V comes hair splitting sharp right out of the box. Really there isn't a reason not to try this knife out for yourself.

My go to
Jose S. on Oct 18, 2018

I have 8 knives and I always switch up my knives but my go to is the paramilitary 2 which I bought from blade hq because they’re the best company. Ps I want that axe lol

Best EDC hands down
Cody F. on Oct 18, 2018

The reason I love the paramilitary 2 is because it has a slim profile while clipped in my pocket, holds an edge well and blade length is just right for my needs. Before I order it I thought it might be too big, but when I got it I was happy to feel that it was a perfect fit for both my hand and pocket. This knife has been my EDC for the past 3 months and I don't see any othet knife replacing it anytime soon. If you're the fence about getting this one, just buy it already!

Best Knife I Have Ever Owned
Anson W. on Oct 16, 2018

I never understood why people would rave about certain knives until I bought the Para 2, it seriously changed my life. This knife keeps a great edge and has my favorite lock of all time, it is definitely my everyday carry.

First Knife, Best Knife
Alex K. on Oct 16, 2018

This was my first knife in my collection and I still use and love it to this day! It's strong and durable blade is a working man's best friend, I have a huge collection of knives, some I rarely use, but despite how long this knife has been in my collection, it still finds constant use, whether it is around the house or at work

Can not take out of pocket
Loghan S. on Oct 15, 2018

I’ve been a benchmade guy for about a year. That is how long I’ve been collecting. I wanted to try other USA made brands so I got a pm2. Ive put after market micarta scales and lanyard hole. To take it up a notch I put the zip tie mod on it. Now I have to carry two knives with me. The pm2 and one of my other benchmade. It is a staple of any collection. Must buy!

One of the top best!
Brandonn S. on Oct 15, 2018

No matter who you ask about this knife or any spyderco knife all your going to hear is nothing but positive! The versatility and durability it's just a work horse all around. I can always depend on my para military knife and is always with me and never forgotten, love you spyderco!

Love it
Aaron M. on Oct 15, 2018

This is a great knife. I am brand new to knives and got this one for my edc. I love how it feels in my hand and how it fits in my pocket. I think Spyderco is a great company that makes awesome knives.

It's a winner
Matt N. on Oct 15, 2018

What is there to say that hasn't been said about this blade? Well it's a great all-arounder, pretty much great in any situation for any cutting task. No it won't replace a fixed blade for bushcraft and its no chopper, but with its primo ergonomics and fine tip it serves edc very well. S30v is a fine steel and holds its edge well. That's why spyderco uses the crap out of it. Compression lock is great, and with so many customization parts you can turn it into whatever you want it to be. Love it. Buy one, youll feel incomplete if your a knife guy and dont. Lol

A Knife Everyone Should Have
Matthew P. on Oct 14, 2018

I was practically brand new to knives when I got a PM2 and instantly was obsessed. It really is the perfect edc knife. Fits the hand well, not too big, not to too small, great steel, and is lightweight.

Best knife I've never owned
Matt c. on Oct 13, 2018

I lost my knife a few months back and I always carry an edc knife wherever I go, so my friend who collects knives let me borrow his pm2 because he knew how much I loved it, over the course of that week I had it I used it for things I never needed to use it for because it just felt so right in my hand and the flat grind made cutting anything from boxes at work to food at home just feel so easy. And the edge retention was ridiculous, I shaved a chunk of hair off of my forearm when I got it in my hands and after that week of having it I did it again and it cut my hair off like butter. My next knife I buy when I get some free money is gonna be this gem because I've never been more satisfied with a knife before in my life.

Perfect EDC blade.
Isaac H. on Oct 13, 2018

The quintessential EDC blade. After some time spent opening and the knife it’s opens and closes like butter. The compression lock is awesome and keeps your fingers out of the way of the blade when losing the knife. Get the deep carry Lynch clip as well when you get this knife. Makes the knife disappear in your pocket.

I don't think a better all around knife exists
Scott W. on Oct 13, 2018

Definitely my go-to EDC. Great knife.

A gateway to a new world.
Omar R. on Oct 13, 2018

This was my first "non budget" knife. I always would gravitate towards cheap gas station knives until one day I got tired of breaking them. After reading multiple positive reviews on this knife I decided to pull the trigger and fork over what seems like a lot of money for a knife. Ive had this knife for 2 years and it is still going strong and believe me I use the heck out of this thing and it just keeps wanting to go to work. This knife is not only a great EDC but it also opened up my eyes to the knife world and made me realize that this knife is just the tip of the iceberg in the knife industry. If you are relatively new to the knife world and are looking for a hard working knife that will introduce you to the world of well made knives then look no further.

A true classic.
Hicham K. on Oct 13, 2018

This knife is a trail blazer. The first of its kind, and the only. The compression lock and ergonomics combine to make the most intuitive hand feel I’ve felt in a knife. The pivot breaks in to butter. The only reason I can think of that someone wouldn’t be into this is it’s larger than some prefer with a spacious handle. I like full size handles. I love this knife.

My Flytanium Para 2
Blair B. on Oct 13, 2018

This knife of mine has the titanium scales which are made by Flytanium, Smoothest opening knife you could ever need. Also a deep carry pocket clip. S30V blade steel and compression lock. I enjoy this knife a lot.

Great edc
brandon b. on Oct 13, 2018

I have a large collection of blades and this is one of my favorites to carry. The grind profiles makes this a great slicer and the blade steel allows for a long lasting edge.

Favorite knife, multipurpose EDC
Greigh O. on Oct 13, 2018

Love this thing! Came hair popping sharp, and has kept it's edge long past what i expected! The ergonomics are great for my sized hand and it is verry comfortable in hand while using it! This is currently one of my EDC blades used for every day tasks along with food prep. If you're looking for a new knife, get this dude right here!

My favorite
Jack T. on Oct 13, 2018

This was my first of many Spyderco knives. It’s still the best and it always finds its way in my pocket.

EDC Phenom
Joshua R. on Oct 12, 2018

So I'll get my one minor complaint out of the way: When pinching the compression lock and swinging the knife closed, the tang of the knife hits my index finger holding the lock. I have small hands so I find myself pinching the lock closer to the inside, which is probably why my finger gets hit. It's minor and has little to no bearing on use. Now on to why I love this knife: I think it's the perfect size for an EDC. 3-3.5" range is so utility, it just wants to work. I find the thumb ramp gimping to be extremely functional, and allows for great purchase on the knife when doing harder tasks. The see-through design means a q-tip and some mineral oil are all you need to keep it clean. S-30V is a great steel that balances edge quality with breaking the bank. And I find it's fairly easy to sharpen. And finally, made right here in the US of A. Long story short, if you don't own a PM2, you owe it to yourself to add it to your EDC rotation. Quality knife all the way around, and at this point is so easily customizable it's easy to make it unique to you.

Great large carry
colin b. on Oct 12, 2018

This knife is an outstanding everyday carry for people who like a larger pocket knife. Blade centering perfect. No lock rock. Fit and finish outstanding. Ergonomics are amazing. It’s American made in golden Colorado to boot. If you collection doesn’t have one I am sad for you.

Ben W. on Oct 12, 2018

I love my para 2! This is the first semi-expensive knife I own and I will never go back. It's in my pocket everyday!

PM2 = EDC bliss
Eric W. on Oct 12, 2018

This has been my edc for about 10 months now. Keeps a great edge, handle and blade shape are perfect. I did bend the pocket clip and then broke it in half when I tried to straighten it. I bought a deep carry lynch clip and like the knife even more.

Awesome possum
Abel L. on Oct 12, 2018

This knife is an amazing and simple designed knife, perfect for fanatics and the convenience carrier, With CPM S30V steel it will get the job done right!

Sweet knife!
Junuen C. on Oct 12, 2018

I like carrying knives, I carry this one the most, wicked sharp, cuts thru everything with ease. Sick loggo awesome grip. Buy one!

A Knife for Every Circumstance
Marc T. on Oct 12, 2018

I tend to collect knives for specific facets of daily life but the first time I got a Para2 in my hands... I knew that I was completely covered. The grind and stock thickness makes it nice and slicey with a tip made for precision work, the compression lock is tough and demands to do hard work, it is slim and light for fancy pants carry, the ergos excel in all grips and further lends itself to precision to hard work and everything in between. You will be satisfied! There is no task or job that this model cannot handle with proficiency.

John P. on Oct 12, 2018

This knife with a deep carry clip is my go to EDC. Can’t go wrong with a PM2.

great knife
Ben w. on Oct 12, 2018

i got the pm2 a couple of weeks ago and its a great knife with a great locking system

Awesome Blade
Alex g. on Oct 12, 2018

I absolutley live this knife. Super comftorable and lightweight. It does have a little issue with hand sharpening on an edge pro though. Getting to the very bottom of the edge is difficult. However once you get it. Its a slicer!

David R. on Oct 12, 2018

My work knife for 3 years, just an absolute monster, the full flat grind slices like a dream. The g10 handle feels great in the hand, and that compression lock is just an absolute bank vault. 10/10 would reccomend

Favorite EDC
Alex H. on Oct 12, 2018

I love the PM2 so much that I bought a second one! It's a lot of knife without riding too big in the pocket. The ergonomics are great whether I'm opening boxes or choking up on the knife and cutting through tough materials. I need a knife that is easy to use one-handed, so the smooth action coupled with the compression lock fits me perfectly.

One of my all time favorites
Brandon B. on Jul 24, 2018

This knife gets a lot of love, and deservedly so. Once you get past the seemingly too long handle, you'll see just how well designed this knife is. The handle is super grippy and ergonomic. At 3.75 ounces the weight is just about perfect as well, it's light, but it's got enough heft that it doesn't feel cheap or flimsy. The action is flawless, even out of the box it is very smooth and doesn't need any oil or pivot adjustment. I love the nice solid *click* that it makes when the blade is deployed as well. If you like liner locks, then you'll love the compression lock and the fact that your hand is out of the path of the blade when closing it. It's also razor sharp out of the box, and with the s30v steel it will be a while before it needs to be sharpened. My only complaint is the pocket clip, it rides about 1/2 inch outside of my pocket, so I had to cough up 25 bucks for the MXG deep carry, but that's just a matter of preference.

Amazing Knife
Alec P. on Jun 12, 2018

Really no complaints, it is a great beautiful looking knife.

Self Defense
Ryan T. on Jun 8, 2018

I bought this knife and absolutely loved it. Beauty and performance all in one piece. I unfortunately had to use this knife for protection as someone attempted to rob me. I was hit in the head with a stick by an attempting robber. One stick to his gut with this blade put an end to his attempted robbery. He was wearing a hoodie and the point of this blade went right through. He was arrested as he passed out in the middle of the street and the cops apprehended him. he will be doing a few years in prison. I win MF.

Sharpest knife I own
Alberto T. on May 29, 2018

This is my first Spyderco knife, and it has more than lived up to its online hype. I’m not a hardcore bushcraft person, nor former military. I just enjoy having equipment that works wether at work, or out camping. This knife is very well made and I foresee many years of use.

The perfect EDC knife
Mark D. on May 19, 2018

The best knife I have ever owned. Easily customized,can cut anything feels nice in the hand

James G. on Mar 15, 2018

I just recieved this today. Knife fit and finish was absolutely perfect. I thought it would be a little stiff out of the box, but no. It has a perfect lockup, no play vertically or horizontally and drops shut at the push of the lock. Excellent value of the money, reccommend

All the way to Sweden
Mats H. on Feb 20, 2018

This knife was everything I thought it would be. Since there is an abundance of fake/clone spyderco knifes everywhere I could not take the chance and had to purchase it from BladHQ. Something that for me is a guarantee for authenticity and great value. Just a few days ago I searched locally for spyderco knifes and I held a few in my hand in the store and there was just something not quite right with them. When I got this knife you definitely can feel it’s the real thing, fit and finish and “feel” is something else. Thank you for providing a great product.

One of My Favorites!
Richard G. on Feb 4, 2018

It’s a best seller knife so I really shouldn’t have to sell anyone on this knife. Unless you’re new to knives I’m sure you’ve at the very least held a Paramilitary 2. The compression lock will have you opening and closing this knife for hours. The only thing I suggest is getting a deep pocket carry clip and this will be one of the best production knives in your collection. Build quality: 5 stars Materials: 5 stars Aesthetics: 5 stars Personal likability: 5 stars

Pm2 bandwagon
Pete R. on Jan 21, 2018

Used to see everyone say how great this knife and thought people were just full of it but once I got one in hand I couldn’t put it down love this knife

Reliable and Well-Designed
Dane M. on Jan 20, 2018

I bought the PM2 after reading a bevy of 'best EDC' type reviews, and was not disappointed. I have only 2 real issues. 1 - The tip, while surgical and excellent for fine work and piercing, is a bit easy to break. Mine snapped off after a bit of unfortunate (but necessary) prying. It's still pointy enough to get into anything I need it to, so I haven't sent it back to be redone (~$20). 2 - It's REALLY hard to justify buying other EDC knives after you've bought a PM2. I suppose I don't like the silver clip that much either, kinda conspicuous, but I switched it with the black clip from and Endura 4. Anyhow, it's hard not to echo all the praise already given to the PM2. The ergonomics are fantastic for cutting, stabbing, and slicing. The pointer finger to thumb lockup is really the best I've felt on any knife. The square'ish grip can wear a bit if the job requires extended twisting motions, whereas the fuller handle of, say, a Griptilian (or preferably a fixed bladed) handles extended chores better, but flat sides on the PM2 are great for pocket carry. Deployment and closing are slick. The compression lock is second only to the Benchmade Axis lock for one-handed open/close in strength, but I find it just as fast. It's been my primary carry for over 3 years. I should get the blade fixed but more likely I'll just get one in a different color config.

First spydie
Isaac R. on Jan 19, 2018

Received this as a Christmas gift, and I must say I am very impressed with the quality and attention to detail. I Will always check to see what Spyderco is offering next.

Everybody should own a PM2.
Ed W. on Jan 19, 2018

What more can be said that hasn't already been said about the PM2? You can tell that every part of this knife was designed with a purpose, and there is a reason that it is so popular. I didn't understand the hype surrounding this knife until I actually held one, and then it all made sense. It is built to handle pretty much anything you throw at it. It's effectively a tank of a knife, but it isn't so excessively overbuilt that it feels like you're carrying a brick in your pocket. The G10 handles are very grippy, and combined with the perfectly placed jimping and excellent ergonomics, this knife locks into your hand and is ready for serious cutting tasks. My favorite part of the knife has to be the compression lock, though. Now that I've experienced it, I don't really care much for other locking mechanisms. I have this bog standard black G10, satin S30V blade version, and it's worth every penny. I've been tempted to buy other versions with "better" steels, but I don't have any complaints with the S30V, so it's hard to justify buying more when this one is already so good.

Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Knife G-10 (3.44" Satin S30V) C81GP2
Darryl S. on Jan 14, 2018

Out of the many knives (approximately $3k worth) this is my most carried, highest performing, sharpest knife. I love this thing! and its fun to play with. Perfect for EDC!

Best EDC
Nicholas J. on Jan 8, 2018

If you are an outdoorsman, horseman, or even just average joe you can’t go wrong. This knife never gives up. Works just like I do. Amazing value for something this well put together.

Ian D. on Jan 7, 2018

This knife is fantastic. The blade shape is very well executed and is built to cut. The steel is also good and it holds an edge for a long time while also resisting rust. This is easily my favorite knife and it's American made.

EDC Marvel
RJ H. on Jan 7, 2018

This knife is easily one of the best EDC choices on the market. It's built like a tank, and is quick as lightning with the compression lock. It is fairly wide as pocket knives go, with the classic Spyderco leaf blade and opening hole, but it's decently thin and carries a hair deeper than something like a Benchmade Grip (large). One thing to note is that Spyderco has amended their warranty to allow disassembly and as such has ceased use of the Red Death threadlocker in knife production in favor of the white medium-strength stuff their Taichung plant has been using for a bit.

Great knife
Daniel P. on Jan 6, 2018

Large blade with slim scales that help make the knife easy to carry. Holds its edge very well and stays very sharp.

Great knife.Great price
Chris G. on Jan 6, 2018

The feel of this nice is perfect. The handle and blade weight make it easy to cut with. The steel comes very sharp. I am very happy with the fit and function of this USA made knife.

Chad S. on Jan 5, 2018

The best EDC folder on the market! So good I own two. Perfect for defense, camping and cutting a steak!

Para 2
Robert M. on Jan 5, 2018

My second spyderco after the tenacious and wow didn’t know what I was missing highly recommend this knife as a gateway to the quality spyderco has to offer beyond the budget lines

Yep, love it..
Barry R. on Jan 5, 2018

What else can you say, this knife is awesome, everybody should own a PM2

Steve M. on Jan 5, 2018

My favorite Spiderco... Until it came out in left handed.

love it
nan l. on Jan 5, 2018

I'm a knife enthusiast. This instantly became my favorite. Simple, easy open/close with either hand (right is easier, but I'm right handed) and light. Hold a beautiful edge long term and sharpens up nicely with the Spyderco sharpening system.

All time Favourite
Dimitar D. on Jan 5, 2018

I have been carrying this knife for more than 4 years everyday, and I can't find another knife to replace it. It has awesome ergonomics. The finger choil is the best feature, and I need it in most of my knives for the delicate work. The blade length is not too long, nor is it too short, perfect for me. Fit and finish - 10+ Highly recomended. Still searching for a better knife but only time will tell.

Favorite EDC
Scott B. on Jan 5, 2018

I love everything about this knife, I can't say one negative thing about it. I usually buy a couple of knives a year and will carry one until I purchase the next. This one has been in my pocket for a year and a half. I still love and research knives, a lot, youtube, written reviews etc., almost daily, but I'm less interested in buying knives just to have new one. This one so far has been the perfect EDC.

Tristan I. on Jan 2, 2018

Great knife. Enjoy the easy opening and closing of my benchmade knifes but wanted something different. Gotta say it’s a very good knife for the money.

Great Company and Knife
Cyrus K. on Aug 20, 2017

This is a good quality knife and it's just as important what company to buy your knife from. Buy it from Amazon and there's good chance you end up with a fake knife. BHQ is an awesome company and I'll buy from them from now on.

I'm impressed
Casey C. on May 15, 2017

I was on the fence about spyderco. I had heard good things but I didn't really care for the look of them. After staring at the paramilitary 2 for awhile I decided to give it a try because of how good it was said to function. I'm glad I did because I love it. I'm a carpenter and use a knife everyday, on top of having a compulsion to buy them. Came super sharp. Blade centered perfect. Flicks open and locks solid. I didn't know how I'd feel about the compression lock but it's rock solid. Bladehq continues to impress me with lighting fast shipping and just how professionally done their website is set up. Great company with great selection and prices. Thanks

Fantastic knife
mike s. on Mar 27, 2017

This knife is fantastic so far I just got it today and man I'm already digging it. I know the black and satin is plain to a lot of people but it looks so good to me. The edge came out of box extremely sharp it's awesome I love it blade centering is perfect which is expected like I said I only got it a few hours ago but I'm sure it will live up to the paramilitary name of being a workhorse. I asked them to draw a picture of a bird holding a knife on the box as said by birdshot IV on YouTube mentioned and they actually did it which was pretty cool. And also it got here wicked fast. I got the free economy shipping which was 4-8 days and it got here in 4 I'm am really happy with my purchase. So much so I bought another 2 blades from this website right after I got this one. And I plan on buying a ton more from them in the future. I called their customer service line to ask a few questions about policy and such because I've never bought from them before and the person I talked to was very curious and helpful. Keep up the good work blade HQ

Perfect All-Purpose Knife
Giorgio F. on Feb 8, 2017

This knife is very comfortable to hold and control. The weight is just right for the size and it holds an edge like nobody's business. This is an excellent knife for any purpose including daily carry.

Knife Review
Diego B. on Dec 13, 2016

Excellent knife. The G10 for this knife is very grippy unlike some G10 handles. The compression lock is great you can close the knife with one hand like the axis lock from benchmade. Great knife steel as well.

Everything I Expected
Derek M. on Oct 24, 2016

First, I'd like to start off by thanking BladeHQ for the great, prompt service I received. I ordered this knife on a Friday night around 7pm and it shipped out that very night and was in my mailbox Monday morning. This was just regular free shipping, so I was surprised and pleased that they immediately took care of my order and got it shipped several states over so fast. The knife itself is wonderful. Razor, shaving sharp with a beautiful satin blade. Tight lockup with no play at all in any direction. I really like the compression lock and the ability it gives you to easily open and close the knife single handedly. The G-10 grips your hand perfectly. I agonized over choosing between this, a Manix 2, and a Benchmade Griptilian and am not disappointed at all with the choice I made!!

(Updated) Might need some time to grow on me
Cameron S. on Oct 17, 2016

(Update: After about a week of using this knife exclusively, I've come to love it. Everything I say below is still true, but I think it has grown on me because of the weight, blade shape, and attention to detail (position of the opening Spyderhole is amazing, etc). I think it has replaced my Manix 2 and Benchmade 940-1501 as my EDC.) The good: The compression lock is absolutely astounding. I love it love it love it. The weight is very very good for its size. Blade shape is awesome, looks even better in person. This includes the Spyderco Spyderhole, which is the perfect size and position. No blade play, at all, full stop. The bad: I've been spoiled by my Spyderco Manix 2. Look at the ergonomic grip and the jimping on that thing. It practically melts into your hand and then doesn't budge. The Paramilitary 2 has an uncomfortable bump in the handle right at the middle & ring fingers, making it uncomfortable to hold for very long. Then the jimping is ONLY on the thumb ramp and the blade half of the 50/50 finger choil on the bottom, none anywhere on the handle. The Manix 2 is practically the same blade length, same/better blade material, and better feel in my hand. The Paramilitary has the blade shape, weight, and compression lock (did I mention that it's phenomenal?!) going for it.

EDC National Champ
Justin S. on Sep 24, 2016

This knife is hands down my first pick for a "go to" edc carry knife. I can personally tell you that if you are thinking about stepping up from your plain cheap pocket knife for a good quality blade...this is it. I have so many folders and pocket knives, but this one will become like your favorite t-shirt. I just cannot say enough. Buy it!! I love the choil jimping and the larger round finger hole to open the blade. If you are spending over $100 on a knife, I promise that you will regret not owning this. One note: I did add some Tri Flow for a smoother lock up. -Outdoorsman & Survivalist

Randall B. on May 20, 2016

Great knife... no issues what so ever... rock solid lockup in all directions from opening to closing. No issue with reversing the clip, seen that review and that particular knife might have been faulty or a user error(cross threading), idk but mines went in like glass with a I think t6 driver. I put a tad of oil on the pivot just because I do that to all new knives and it rockets open and drops close with no effort at all. Scales are real grippy but not over done... what else can I say threw a maverick workshop bead and lanyard on and called it a day... thanks blade hq. Love it...

Great knife
Christopher F. on Jul 17, 2015

This knife is awesome. It is made of quality materials, and is built well. It is lightweight, and feels great in my hand and in my pocket. The s30v steel is great at holding an edge, and resisting wear and corrosion. I carry this knife every day, and it hasn't failed at any task yet. And I love the compression lock. It's really strong. Great job Spyderco.

Paramilitary 2
Aaron L. on Jun 16, 2015

This is a great knife. It's simple, fits well in the hand and is made very well. I've had mine for almost a year now with no issues. Hands down my favorite knife.

Dajen M. on Feb 9, 2015

Best folder I have ever had my hands on use it every day if u are thinking of buying one do it u will not regret it.

SHOULD Be A 5 Star Review
James D. on Jan 18, 2021

This SHOULD be a five-star review as this is a great knife. It's all about a functional tool. Purely utilitarian, this has great ergonomics, premium steel and a light weight. However, I have to subtract a star due to Sypderco's customer service failing to reply to my email after two weeks. So, if this product fails, I do not have faith in their customer service being of any help.

This is an awesome knife but quite pricey
Zach B. on Jan 13, 2020

I got this knife back when it was 120 and even then it was a little over the budget but now its like whoa. Irregardless i used this knife quite a lot and my only problem is when i was working outside, i came across a root that had to go and didn't have a ax on me so i had to use my para 2. it was a chunky root but it cut through it! the only problem was i noticed a bend along the spine and when i tried to bend it back, the tip broke. I kinda overestimated how tough this knife is lol. Besides that it is a great knife!

Great knife but I’d like some changes.
Michael P. on Apr 23, 2019

First thing is that this knife is a great knife in many ways but I’d like a couple of little changes. Pros: 1. Great ergonomics with the ability to use many different hand positions. 2. G10 handle has plenty of grip. 3. Blade shape and profile are great for slicing. 4. Light and easy to carry in the pocket. I feel it carries easier than it’s size. No so much cons, but stuff I think should be changed. 1. Pocket clip is standard Spyderco - a little big and the end sticks out a tad when it’s in your pocket. I actually scratched my car getting in when I had to wedge myself in because I didn’t have enough space to fully open the door. I should have been more careful but then I was walking past someone in a narrow hall and scraped the wall with it. I’ve caught corners with it too. So it’s not just me not being careful. I don’t experience this with any other knives besides the PM2 and the Manix, which has the same clip. 2. Blade shape and profile are great for slicing but not extremely tough. I have rolled the edge a couple of times. Luckily I could resharpen the blade to fix it - but reminds me of how delicate the edge is. I’d love to see this blade with a tougher steel, especially since the edge is so thin. At some point I may reprofile it to a wider angle. This blade is definitely not to be used for a wedge or pry bar. I can also see snapping the tip off by dropping it. 3. It is a great carrying knife but I like a working knife to be a little heavier. That said, I may add some Flytitanium bronze or copper scales to add a little weight and bling. The PM2 is definitely one of my favorite EDC knives. A tougher steel would get it 5 Stars for sure. I’d like some changes to make it perfect - but I still wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again.

What is there to say?
Tanner S. on Mar 14, 2019

It's a staple in the community, and over the last year it has served me well and still does to this day.

Solid Choice
Walter C. on Feb 23, 2019

The knife came 100% ready for use, with a smooth action and excellent edge. After a couple of month, I put a deep-carry clip on it, which, imo, should be standard. It thumb-flicks great, but, at least for me, doesn't Spidey-flick as nicely as the Yojimbo 2. All said and done, this is a great go-to knife.

Handle is bigger than needed
Hunter A. on Feb 22, 2019

The blade seems to small for the enormous handles on the knife. Great materials and QC otherwise!

Regretful purchase but still a good knife.
chuck k. on Oct 29, 2018

I did NOT need this knife. Is it still worth buying? If you think the Para 3 is not for you, then YES. If you already own a Para3 like I did, I'd spend my money on something more distinct than what you already own. Still an amazing tool though.

Nice but big
Kevin M. on Oct 12, 2018

I have very little negative to say about this piece, however it is a little too large for my personal carry taste. I do not regret buying it.

Good buy
Ricardo A. on Oct 12, 2018

Great cutter, also, the compression lock is a great lock... plenty smooth and easy to use. Could use some rounding on the scales and ditching the lanyard tube could make disassemble way easier but these are minor flaws of an otherwise good product.

Famous for a Reason
Caleb K. on Jan 21, 2018

The Paramilitary 2 is a bestseller for a reason. It has great action, a good blade shape for utility cutting, and great ergonomics. The handle is comfortable for delicate cutting, but also in a saber grip for making larger cuts. My only gripe with this knife is that it's a little larger in pocket than I would prefer, but other than that it is ideal for everyday carry, work, or anything else you use a knife for.

Gr8, with a small flaw
Brad L. on Feb 24, 2017

The tip is a touch thin, making it fragile, perfect otherwise

Anyone who says "best folder" is delusional!
Lacey S. on Sep 1, 2022

Anyone who says "best folder" is delusional or never held an actual ergonomically perfect, do it all type knife before! The knife is square in shape. (edges) and not ergonomic or comfortable in any way shape or form whatsoever! The compression lock is great once you figure out how to position your hands so as to not painfully pinch your palm and upper palm w it while thumb flicking! Spidey flipping works just fine without the pinch. Lastly, the long leaf-shaped blade IMO isn't that great either. Needs to be wider but all in all the pm3 was far superior to the 4 but def without a doubt nowhere near in the class of say the manix2 or native series! It's not even close honestly!

Blade HQ response:
We're very sorry to hear about the trouble you're having. Have you contacted our customer service department yet ([email protected])? We'd like to help you get this resolved. Thanks -BHQ
Blade came slightly damaged
Stephen C. on Nov 22, 2021

Burr on some parts of the edge and the very point of the tip was damaged, but nothing major. Probably not blade HQ's fault, but something to note. Gives me an excuse to beat the knife up a bit

Nathan C. on Apr 30, 2018

As a very classic knife and a standard among edc blades, I was very excited to get this. I have had it for about seven months and it is now inferior to many of my other knives. First, without almost any hard use, I have constantly been having to adjust the pivot to correct blade centering and fix blade play. It has been been increasingly more frequent. The action is getting sticky, The detent is extremely weak and can barley hold the knife closed. Also I was expecting for the S30V steel to hold a edge longer than it did. Overall, its a good edition to my collection, but did not meet my expectations.

Not for fruit...
Charles M. on Jan 20, 2018

This knife is really good except for cutting fruit. Even when trying to split an apple it is not easy, maybe because of the blade thickness. Oh well, I guess I should use it for tougher stuff and see...

Great knife with one issue.
Zane R. on Jul 20, 2017

I really like the knife but the screws are so strongly loctited that it's impossible to disassemble for cleaning.

Knife is great but
Sunny Q. on Apr 22, 2015

One of the screw holes for the tip up carry position on the pocket clip is the incorrect size, thus unusable. My particular knife cannot be carried in the right hand tip up position. Very disappointed this could happen on such a revered knife.

Blade HQ response:
Sorry to hear your knife is not quite right. Please contact Spyderco and they will get you taken care of. -BHQ
Great design, questionable steel
Matthew R. on Nov 25, 2018

I've had this knife for a couple weeks and I'm very impressed with the design, construction and ergonomics. The ability to "choke up" on the knife for fine work is impressive. The action is smooth and it's overall a good looking knife. I've always owned knives in 440c, AUS8 and other "budget" steels. I decided that it was time to get something decent. I've used this knife 5 or 6 times and noticed last evening that edge is chipped off the last couple millimeters of the blade. As far as I can tell, that occurred yesterday when I had the audacity to use a $136 knife to cut a couple zip ties on the packaging for a pair of Mechanix gloves. I bought a "good" knife made with what I believed was a quality steel, and now I'm going to have to fix the edge two weeks in. At this rate, sharpening chips out of this thing will become a full-time hobby. I'll have this sharpened down to a Delica sized blade in a PM2 handle by this time next year. This will likely be my last Spyderco purchase.

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