Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Knife Brown Micarta (3.4" Cru-Wear) C81MPCW2

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MSRP: $269.50
Our Price: $188.65
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  • Overall Length: 8.29"
  • Blade Length: 3.44"
  • Cutting Edge: 3.05"
  • Blade Thickness: 0.14"
  • Blade Material: CPM CRU-WEAR
  • Blade Style: Drop Point
  • Blade Grind: Flat
  • Finish: Satin
  • Edge Type: Plain
  • Handle Length: 4.82"
  • Handle Thickness: 0.46"
  • Handle Material: Micarta
  • Color: Brown
  • Frame/Liner: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 4.00 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: C81MPCW2
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Best Use: Tactical
  • Product Type: Knife

  • Satin CPM-Cru-Wear steel blade with Spyderco's signature Round Hole opener.
  • Washer pivot system for buttery-smooth opening.
  • Canvas micarta handle scales in brown over full 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 who’s 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 PM2’s 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.

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!

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!

Customer Reviews

PM2 All Day
Adrian T. on Mar 16, 2022

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.

Instant member of my top rotation.
Matt B. on Apr 8, 2022

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.

Makes me happy every time I look at it.
Benjamin C. on May 26, 2022

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.

Top-notch Manual Folder for EDC
John B. on Feb 27, 2022

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.

Michael H. on Mar 3, 2022

Took two days to get this beautiful peace of steel. Outstanding Blade HQ. Hats off to all of you.

Love it
Curtis B. on Apr 1, 2022

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.

Better Color than the picture
Richard L. on Jul 15, 2022

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.

Good, but not what it's cracked up to be
Aaron B. on May 2, 2022

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

Scales are Not Brown
JOSEPH S. on Jan 2, 2022

Fit and function are perfect. Scales are blond, not brown. However, they feel like micarta should. Just disappointed they are not as pictured.

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
The knife itself is great! But not impressed with the scales
Andrew E. on Mar 5, 2022

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.

Great knife but blade cannot be centered
Marco G. on Feb 18, 2022

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

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
Excellent Materials, Poor Tolerances
Ian C. on Apr 20, 2022

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.

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
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