I bought a PM2, and abandoned most knife brands other than Spyderco. 4.9 out of 5 stars 236. The Para 3 has a blade length of just about 3”, with a cutting edge of 2 5/8”, an overall length of 7 1/8”, and a weight of 3.37 oz. Same as above. Steels aside, you ultimately need to hold each knife in hand and decide what feels better and fits better in your hand. Other options New from $143.45. I thought I would like the 3 better because of the smaller size, but after carrying the PM2 for a while it is the winner. Close. I also prefer the Military to the PM2. An all-time classic Spyderco Lightweight takes on the new boy in town! I will say my first Para was a 2 and it felt large in my hand. They do a few mods to some Spydies. That's MY take on the two. Spyderco Tenacious vs Para 2 These knives may look very similar but in fact are pretty different. 405. This latest Para model combines all the loved features of the Paramilitary 2 with some modifications and upgrades which put it in a class all of its own. Neither knife is better than the other on the whole, it just needs to be held and then you will know what is best for you. But you have to find out what works for you. To each his own.Nothing wrong with the Para3 but...I like the Para2 more.Better ergos overall, better looks, better allarounder.Enough said. Too many Military family variants... and yet not enough. The Para 3 is a great knife, but I got rid of all of my other folders from various manufacturers because of how much I liked the first PM2 I bought. Since that first PM2 I bought a PM3, thinking it would become the perfect EDC. For myself, the extra length and weight of the blade on the PM2 results in a more satisfying flipping action and balance overall. Not only the Para 2 has better steel to make the blade while also being made in the country, this blade is sharper out of the box and retains the edge longer in combination to rust resistance. Archived. I've owned a PM2 for years, and got a Para 3 this year. I have multiple knives in each model and enjoy both for different tasks, or what steel I feel like testing for the day. “The Para 3 is an American made EDC folder with ergonomic features designed to take on the toughest cutting jobs,” Spyderco’s Joyce Laituri tells us. Short blade for excellent tip control, a strong tip for detailing, and Cruwear takes an incredibly sharp edge and beautiful polish easily. Retaining the intuitive and strong compression lock, the Para 3 is a reliable EDC tool that will offer all day comfort at just 3.4 ounces. Which Para 2 Should I Get? After holding that for an evening it was just too big for me for anything outside of use in the woods. I got the Para 3 to see what all the fuss was about, and I rarely feel the compulsion to carry a smaller knife, so I don't grab it often. The Para 3 is almost exactly a year old now. The 3 still feels really nice in hand but the extra blade on the Para 2 is awesome and it feels nice too. I have 5 PM2s (soon to be 7), and 1 Para 3. YOU CAN BUY STICKERS NOW! I don't know why, but I've never warmed up to the PM2 like so many people have. Spyderco paramilitary 3 vs paramilitary 2. When the Spyderco Para 3 came out 2 years ago, it had big shoes to fill. I've been on a bender for both these knives and so far I can't say I can tell a whole lot of difference between the steels but my knives mostly cut up boxes from appliances, furniture, and Amazon. Paid Subscribers don't see ads! Really looking forward to it, but it will have some serious competition!! I am looking into buying my next Spyderco, and I’m stuck between the paramilitary two and the para three. I like the size of the PM2 better than the Para 3. Any other recommendations? Spyderco Para 3 Signature Folding Knife with 2.95" Stainless Steel Blade and Durable G-10 Handle - PlainEdge - C223GP. It's still a keeper, but I don't carry or use it much. The Para 3 takes all the proven features and benefits of Spyderco’s best-selling Para Military™2 and distills them into an even more compact all-purpose cutting tool. A battle that we've all been waiting for! Then I purchased a 3 and fell in love. - YouTube If you watched the video up top then you are probably aware of all of the many awesome variations of the Spyderco Paramilitary 2. I like the size of the para three, but the ergonomics of the pm2. I have a PM2 in S30V, probably my first Spyderco ever, and it is a tremendously useful knife. I carry one of my Para 3s much more than either of my PM2s but that's only because I prefer to carry smaller knives at work. March 5, 2016 at 8:47 pm. I prefer the PM2 over the 3. They are both awesome knives though, you can't go wrong either way. My P3 is in my rotation and my P2 rarely sees the light of day. It's always a bummer to make a mistake and break the tip off. The Spyderco Para 3 is a compact version of the spectacular Paramilitary 2 folding knife. I LOVE my 5 Para 2s and 7 Manix 2s.......they both are almost perfect for me. I figure the size thing is all relative. Postby Dornbox » Tue Dec 11, 2018 2:24 pm, Postby TkoK83Spy » Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:07 pm, Postby Tucson Tom » Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:59 pm, Postby Forest Green » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:18 am, Postby Doeswhateveraspidercan » Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:39 am, Postby colin.p » Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:44 pm, Postby Pelagic » Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:43 am, Postby Doeswhateveraspidercan » Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:58 am, Postby Outdrfrk » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:13 am, Postby Outdrfrk » Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:27 am, Postby Pelagic » Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:14 am, Postby Doeswhateveraspidercan » Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:00 am, Postby Pelagic » Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:18 am, Postby James Y » Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:02 pm, Postby grant_lee » Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:04 pm, Postby Doeswhateveraspidercan » Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:39 pm, Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], bruce91748, CAD, Google [Bot], mikey177, qwkzotc, RandomNick, sabb8pro2, skeeg11, tyd450, vivi and 90 guests. If you love the PM2, you’re guaranteed to like the Para 3. My Para 3 Cruwear is also about .145" (actually .144). The Para 3 set out to be a better option for EDC, by offering a smaller, but … I like the bigger blade of the PM2, but that is my personal preference. It would probably be my hard use EDC knife. I definitely like the pm2, but there's something to be said about the Para 3's blade geometry. I'll be collecting Para 3 sprints from now on. 50 ($40.77/oz) $199.95 $199.95 PM2 for me. share. I'm still carrying the PM2, and have bought 2 more. So the Paramilitary 3 is a full inch shorter when the blade is deployed. That is not a Spyderco color for the Para 3. Rob says. The blade on the Para 3 is 2.95 inches long, and the handle is 4.29 inches long. I'd recommend a Sage 5 for getting as close to the Para 3 as you can, or a Native 5 if you want something American and/or a lockback and/or a slightly better steel. When I held the pm2 in store, it just felt better than the para 3, but it is a big knife. Your choices of steels seem spot on to me, though there is nothing wrong with S30V all around. I prefer the PM2 one week, the Para 3 the next. The Para 3 Lightweight takes the concept of the original Para 3 to a whole new level. The Para 2 is one of Spyderco’s best IMO. If you love the PM2, you’re guaranteed to like the Para 3. 18 comments. The Para 3 Lightweight is only marginally lighter than the standard Mini-Grip, which weighs 2.6 ounces, but I do prefer the Spyderco’s deep … Neither of the Para 2s saw any action. Reply. $143.50 $ 143. I chose a black blade with red dyed camo scales. Before I entered the Spyderco world, most of my knives were the size of PM3s, or smaller. It's available in several different handle/blade variations and a regular or lightweight set-up. The Para 3 (bottom) is the perfect knife for smaller handed folks or people that can’t legally carry a knife with a blade over 3”. But after carrying the Para3 for a few weeks I realized then and there I had bought my last PM2. Enjoy yours in good health! Once again the Paramilitary 2 is 8.24 inches long when fully open. It just feels better in my hand. What do you guys think? As the original was a smaller, lighter version of the popular Paramilitary 2, this model is even lighter. Just as with the Military model, the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is built with very high quality materials. Following the staggering success brought about by the 2004 paramilitary model, and its 2010 successor the Para 2, Spyderco has chosen to keep the momentum going by bringing out the Para 3 model. Truth be told, the Para 2 is a slightly more compact version of the Military model, so many of the materials are actually the same… Like I mentioned before, the Paramilitary 2 is a more compact version of the Military model (and the Para 3 is an even smaller design in the Spyderco Military model family)… The blade length on the Para 2 is 3.42 inches long, and the handle comes in at 4.82 inches long. It may be smaller than the Para Military 2… Strangely after that evening my Para 2's feel really nice and now I find myself with a Para 2 in my pocket... and on my mind as in "I must get another Para 2 … Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most! In short order I purchased a few Para 3s and another Para 2. If you prefer the size of the Para3, be sure to check out the Native5 and the Sage series... A lot of people compare the Sage5 to the Para3, for good reason. It was one of the best selling knives of 2017 but has also received mixed reviews from its users. Right up there with the Sage 1 and Dragonfly 2 for my favorite Spydies. I did just buy a Military in s90v because I just had to have that ti/cf model before it disappeared, but I think from now on I'll be sticking to tougher steels for my millies/paras. I’ve never owned one, but I'm thinking about getting into woodcarving, and I feel a Para 3 in Cruwear would be perfect. They're both great IMO and it all comes down to personal preference. FREE Shipping. The Spyderco Para 3 offers the same great ergonomics of the Paramilitary 2 in a smaller, more urban friendly package. The PM2 just carries small, but uses big and feels great in the hand. Does anyone know what the upgrades will consist of between the para 3 and para 2? Their both great models. 6. A year ago, I bought my first Spyderco knives, an all black s30v PM2 and an all black s30v Para 3. Plus, I figure they both feel the same in my pocket, so why not have a more substantial blade? Everything about it works better for me than the three. I'm not interested in more PM3s. This Para 3 Lightweight model is all blacked out with a black FRN handle and a black DLC finished blade with a plain edge. S30 V is a good steel but I have had S30V rust and even worse pit on me in the heat of summer drenched in sweat with a Para3. Other options New from $143.45. Inspired by the iconic Para Military™ 2, the Para 3 distills all the features of that best-in-class folding knife into a more compact, carry-friendly package. 50 ($40.77/oz) $199.95 $199.95. Spyderco Para 3 vs Paramilitary 2 - Love em' Both! I recently lost my paramilitary 2 and was wondering if it was worth waiting to get the 3. 2020-10-03. Posted by 3 years ago. FREE Shipping. Spyderco Para 3's and Manix 2 ALL BNIB Discussion in ' For Sale: Folding Knives (Individual) ' started by sushiquick , Dec 22, 2019 . After all, it was following up on one of the most popular and timeless knife designs ever, the Para Military 2. Spyderco Para 3 Signature Folding Knife with 2.95" Stainless Steel Blade and Durable G-10 Handle - PlainEdge - C223GP. $143.50 $ 143. Spyderco paramilitary 3 vs paramilitary 2. Spyderco Counterfeits, Clones, Replicas, etc. Then I purchased the Millie because I had to have the Rex 45. Benchmade - Bugout 535 EDC, Made in … 50 ($40.77/oz) $199.95 $199.95. Re: Para 3 vs Paramilitary 2 Post by blockade » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:05 pm Before I entered the Spyderco world, most of my knives were the size of PM3s, or smaller. The smaller blade size versus the PM2 is a matter of opinion – I think the sweet spot for daily use is right around 3.5”, so for me the Para 3 is a little on the small side, but some people prefer sub 3” blades for EDC use as they lend themselves more naturally to detail oriented tasks. I'd say get one of each. Copyright © Kihara Zourin Corporation. Spyderco Paramilitary 2. Like its bigger brother, the Para 3 has the Compression Lock, textured G-10 scales, and a full-flat ground blade. Maybe it was just because I got one of the first 3's to come out of Golden, but the action on it wasn't as smooth as my PM2's. The stickers in the background are now available! See for yourselves. And my hands are medium-sized, not small. Strangely after that evening my Para 2's feel really nice and now I find myself with a Para 2 in my pocket... and on my mind as in "I must get another Para 2 in XXXX steel"! During the evening or on weekends sometimes I'll go with something a little bigger like a PM2, Manix 2, or Sliverax but most often it's still something in the 3" size. It is made in Golden, CO, and is the first SpydercoI’ve handled that was produced in their new facility. Sep 23, 2017 #32. d00mtr33 Gold Member Gold Member. Dan. Spyderco Para 3 Signature Folding Knife with 2.95" Stainless Steel Blade and Durable G-10 Handle - PlainEdge Grind - C223GP 4.8 out of 5 stars 201 $143.50 $ 143 . I just ordered my first Para 3 from Knives Plus. Sage, Native, Caly3 all have superior ergonomics to Para 3 IMO. All Rights Reserved. Spyderco Counterfeits, Clones, Replicas, etc. Postby mountainguy » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:53 pm, Postby ross8425 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:59 pm, Postby techtlcb » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:04 pm, Postby abbazaba » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:19 pm, Postby elena86 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:21 pm, Postby palonej » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:32 pm, Postby blockade » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:05 pm, Postby Sharp Guy » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:37 pm, Postby ZrowsN1s » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:38 pm, Postby dplafoll » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:14 pm, Postby holeshot » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:19 pm, Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], bruce91748, CAD, Google [Bot], mikey177, qwkzotc, RandomNick, sabb8pro2, skeeg11, tyd450, vivi and 90 guests. Of the two, I prefer the Para 3. With the adjustments Spyderco made to the design, the Para 3 lives up to the billing. Sep 4, 2013. I appreciate the Para 3, and own the Cruwear model, but will not ever buy another, and will probably sell the one I have eventually. save hide report. The Sage is now 2nd on my buy list, I did get a deal on a Dragonfly 2 and it’s a great knife although I’m not a big fan of lockback knives. For my grip the PM2 is so much more comfortable and natural in hand (and that is why I have 10 different models, more than i can justify). Although the Golden, CO knives are fundamentally different in overall ethos than the Taichung stuff, if this Para 3 is a fair representative of the new plant’s capabilities, they are every bit their equal in term… Ones bigger and one is smaller. That brings the overall length to 7.24 inches long when the blade is locked out. 4.9 out of 5 stars 236. 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