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. Every knife enthusiast needs a PM2 in their collection.
Please Note: Due to the full liners, this knife is not compatible with most aftermarket parts.
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!
First off the size of this knife is perfect and it feels great to hold this knife any way. The jimping and curves on this knife make it a 10/10 for ergos. Second, with a little KPL this knife will be smoother than anything else you've felt until dust/hair starts getting in the pivot area, though this is an easy knife to take apart so it's not a big deal there. Also i've heard and seen incredible things about Cruwear and would fully recommend it over the standard s30v or s45vn unless you need that extra bit of corrosion resistance. The full stainless steel liners look incredible and feel solid, though do be aware the aftermarket parts you can find for these liners are scarce. Lefties you'll be happy to know you can totally use this knife!!, the 4 pocket clip locations allow you to carry this knife any way you want, and you can drop shut the blade onto your finger if its anywhere within the pointer finger groove because of the generously sized choil. Also lefties, if you insist on closing this knife without any fingers in the way, I'd recommend picking up a CME (Compression Made Easy) from ocd4edc.com. This little extender makes gripping and pressing the compression lock significantly easier with your left hand. Overall a perfect EDC folder. 10/10
Another fantastic iteration of Spyderco’s PM2. The cru-wear / micarta combo feels great in hand and looks even better in person. Considering the price of other knives out there, this really has become a steal at this price point.
Blade is centered perfect! Opens & drops shut like butter. I use & abuse it with no problems. The blade has all kinds of scars from use.
Everything about this knife was as good as would be expected. I love the look of the full liners on display next to the micarta. This is my showoff knife; I want it to be as perfect as possible and to stay that way.
For years I dragged my feat on buying a Spyderco because I just never liked the way they looked. After doing the research though I decided this was the knife I needed to break the ice with and all I can say is "WOW!" Let's start with the action. It flicks like a well oiled machine. You can just feel a different level of quality deploying this tool than most other brands. I had to give it a slight tweak for loosen the recovery to my taste, but I do that with most every new knife. The Micarta handle looks like a beat up old recliner, but it's also comfortable like that old recliner. Right out of the box my hand thought it was holding it's oldest, best friend. Now the blade. Far and away the sharpest, finest blade out of the box I have ever bought. As for the finish, I had watched several videos on this knife and they don't do it justice. I person the CRU-WEAR metal has a shimmer to it, I mean it practically glows. You just can't capture on video or a picture how special this blade looks when it reflects light back at you. This knife is the total package and instantly went to the top of the list as my primary EDC.
Pros: Cruwear steel has really impressed me. Easy to sharpen with Edge Pro diamond stones Takes extremely keen edge, and holds it well - this may be my new fav blade steel over M390. Heft with full liners is sublime Opening/closing action significantly smoother and more satisfying than the non-full liner Spydies Micarta grip texture is *chef’s kiss* wonderful Cons: Micarta scales have taken a bit of color from my jeans, and a little dirt. I would’ve preferred a deeper set pocket clip.
Cruwear steel, great construction, and made with quality components. For a tool, I couldn’t ask for much more. That being said, the micarta scales came in much lighter than expected, but doesn’t effect it as a tool and they’ll darken with use.
I am a long time customer of BHQ, but have never written a review. I think it is in order for this Micarta Para 2. FIrst, I am a long time Sypderco fan - my first one being one of their first all stainless, no exposed hardware Seki steel sheepsfoot folders bought about 35 years or so ago. I like all six of my Spydercos purchased over the years, and they keep improving their product. That said, this Para 2 is a unique one. There is very little of this folder that is the same as previous Para 2s. The liners (full width), the scales (full width with no pocketing around the liners), the liner lock (significantly different), even the blade is a little different - new Cru-Wear material aside. I think the pocket clip is the only thing completely the same. As well as previous Para 2s perform ergonomically for deployment, this one is noticeably better. Smoother, easier to flick, still solid in locking up, and easier to unlock with one hand (one finger). The action is a step up from what I already thought to be perfect. The scales are just what I wanted. I've been trying to find a micarta scale on a folder that had the kind of grip that this canvas micarta has ... for a long time, to no avail. When I first held it in my hand, I thought "this is it." Maybe just a tiny less grippy than the typical G-10 Syderco scale, it's still plenty grippy - but it's a little softer with its tactile touch. Some have complained about the thickness cutaway for the liner lock. I don't find this worrying, and unless one is going to abuse the handle with a hammer, I don't think there will be any problem, unless a stress fracture at a corner or some delamination occurs - but these would be highly unlikely manufacturing defects that I would expect Sypderco would take care of. I anticipate no problems. Others have complained about the light blond color of the scales. Mine arrived with an attractive mottled coloration (from light tan to brown) that I find appealing. I have had the knife for a little over a week and it's already darkening with a natural patina without much handling. I anticipate it turning rather dark brown with time. I own several Benchmades (Bugout, Osbourn, Crooked Rivers, and more); Bokers (too many to mention - all excellent); Protechs; even a 50 year old Puma Game Warden (serial date numbered) since it was new, still in pristine condition. So when I say that this new Para 2 is my current fave EDC, it means that it's special.
Since this model's construction is different, I was a bit hesitant. But man.. I'm really happy with this knife. I'm not sure if the full liners attribute to this, but this is easily the best action I've had on about 10 different Para 2's and 3's. Perfect centering and grind. One thing most don't seem to note is that the compression lock tab is about 75% longer than usual which makes it feel nicer on the finger I think. It does thin out a longer portion of the show side scale near the lock tab but I don't notice it in real life use and I very highly doubt anyone will ever break it. This method is obviously cheaper for Spyderco to make so its easy for some to say that's the only reason they did it, but I'm personally happy they went outside the box on this one. The scales are initially light but darken nicely with use pretty quickly and are super comfy. Not aggressive but not smooth and slippery either. Typical micarta. Plus, who doesn't love Cruwear?
This is a wonderful knife with the CPM-Cruwear steel. I'm really happy with the steel, it's right on the edge of being stainless with the edge retention of high carbon steel. The scales claim to be brown and are more like almost white with a very soft feel. I love the way Micarta looks wet, almost like cardboard, and then it dries pristine again. If you wear over-dyed blue jeans the blue will rub off on the scales, which is not the knife's fault. My hands are even blue from my jeans when I wash them. All brands of jeans from cheap to expensive seem to be overdyed. I'll just call it patina and move on, It will wash off, but it would be a daily event. The Micarta will age and develop its own character over time and use and that is the beauty of this knife. I'm not sure why some are having trouble when off-center. I have only had one Spyderco ever come off center and that was the large LionSpy. It still didn't rub and the second I tightened the pivot screw it pulled off to the carbon fiber side.
Absolutely love this thing. I added a bit of waterproofing wax to the scales to really bring out the color. The thin area where the locking mechanism is located doesn’t seem problematic to me unless you’re determined to fidget with it. I will update if issues arise.
I reluctantly ordered the Crucarta edition, opened the box, and WOW! Every criticism that I read or watched on social media went out the window. If you know anything about micarta then you know that the oil in your skin darkens it with use. If you feel that the micarta is too light, trust me, that WILL change. Other critics are bothered by the thinness of the micarta at the cut out for the thumb release. But unless you possess extreme strength and alien-like hands, you're not going to have an issue with it. In summary, ignore the naysayers and give this gem a try for yourself.
I can’t believe these are still in stock. Any issues you read about the micarta- give the scales a few days and they will start to patina beautifully. Like everyone says, insanely sharp factory edge, and the action is so satisfying and smooth. Feels solid but so full of finesse. Get one. Get your friends one. You won’t regret it.
The PM2 is an awesome knife. Cru-wear is a great tool for steel. The scales sit flush on the stainless steel liners, so if you want to swap them out, be careful. The liners on this iteration are wider than other PM2s.
Took two days to get this beautiful peace of steel. Outstanding Blade HQ. Hats off to all of you.
BladeHQ had it in stock, priced reasonably then shipped it out quickly. Nice job. Excellent product arrived new inbox. Cru wear blade sharpened to perfection. Seriously, maybe the sharpest stock blade I’ve ever received. The micarta is quite handsome and feels great in the hand. This knife is rigid, lightweight, and comfortable. The action is factory firm like a PM2 should be. Let it work in to preserve the rock-solid lock up. Don’t loosen the screws. It’s great to operate one-handed and I don’t fidget with sharp knives. It’s perfect for cutting bale twine and opening feed bags when I need both hands. This is my second PM2. I never thought I’d like a manual folder so much. If you haven’t tried a PM2, you ought to.
The good: - Easily the sharpest factory edge I've ever gotten - Sharp point makes it really useful for detail work - built like a tank - I'm impressed by the cruwear, the edge retention is excellent - built very well for a work knife The bad: - The micarta is a lighter color than the pic shows, and stayed light after a good bit of use. Also stains easily - it's a little too pointy, the tip rolled over quickly with normal work - the centering was perfect out of the box, but has since drifted, and I haven't been able to correct it - doesn't close very easily-won't drop closed, even with grease and after a week of edc use (and plenty of playing with it) - not huge on the compression lock
The action is great, and will only get better over time. The blade is razor-sharp and everyone knows these knives are great….. I love micarta scales, I’m waiting for some for my bugout now….but…. These kinda suck lol. It’s the one thing I’d change… Idk if I got the one and only one like it but they’re not clean and rounded off, they’re super light almost white and they just feel cheap.
Fit and function are perfect. Scales are blond, not brown. However, they feel like micarta should. Just disappointed they are not as pictured.
I was really excited to try out this knife after all the good things I have read, I also figured it would make for a great addition to my EDC rotation as my first spyderco. There are some really good things and some really disappointing things with the knife I received. The good: -By far one of the sharpest blades out of the box I have ever seen -Centering is perfect and there is no play in the action -Opening and closing was stiff out of the box but is smooth and loosening up more and more each day -Compression lock is secure and dependable The bad: -The blade had such a fine tip to it that it broke off while cutting up the box it arrived in. It is still usable, but still -By far the cheapest micarda I have felt on a knife, it feels like cardboard and is surprisingly thin -The metal insert for the lanyard hole sticks out on one side of the scale and catches your hand -Grooves on top of the blade where your thumb is meant to go are sharp and caused me to slice my knuckle open while putting my hand in my pocket Overall, the knife is okay. The design is great and it has a lot of potential, but the lack of attention to detail when finishing it is disappointing. These types of issues I expect on a $50 Chinese knife, not a nearly $300 MSRP USA made knife.
The micarta scales and the cruwear blade are both top notch. Unfortunately the blade when folded touches the inside of one liner. It's poorly centered to the extreme. I haven't found a reliable way to center it and keep it there. Hopefully I can sort it out and this one is just a lemon.
Honestly, I love the knife design, feel, size, etc. but a knife that costs almost $200 should have a perfectly centered blade out of the factory. Even worse is that there is no way to center it. I tried every trick and recommendation to fix it and nothing worked. Maybe its just me but I am really bugged by a high-end knife that has a blade that is not centered. Follow-up: I was able to center the blade but now I get a substantial lock stick...it should go away in time and I still love the knife overall.....but my 3 stars stand.....for the poor attention to details
I received my second Para2 today after returning the first one because the blade was riding the right hand side and one pivot screw was stripped. After receiving my second one it is a lot lighter in color compared to the first one. The edges are brown but the sides are almost white. Not happy with the color but I’m going to try it out for a week and see what changes. I just sucks that I returned the first one and now possibly the second one. We will see.