See also every evergreen knife in the Spyderco line up (and to be fair, lots of knife companies do this). Originally referred to as the Para-Military 3, and then rumored to be called the Minuteman, the Para 3 is essentially a shrunken down Paramilitary 2. In an era of expensive overseas made knives, the Para 3 LW is a compelling proposition. Still stinks for reasons discussed above. But the inclusion of this newish steel is a cost savings move, it is not because the steel is better than the steel on the original. Today, we'll take a look at the Spydercoiest Spyderco ever: The Para3 Lightweight. Custom Made Titanium Deep Carry Pocket Clip For Spyderco Para 3. The iconic Para 3 folder took all the core aspects of Spyderco's beloved Para Military 2 and compressed them into a more compact, pocket-friendly design. Blade material CTS-BD1N, Blade grind Full Flat, Spyderco Para 3 LW SPY27. Here is the product page for the Spyderco Para3 LW. The steel itself isn’t bad at all, not great, but definitely good. This Para 3 Lightweight model has a black FRN handle and a satin finished blade with a plain edge. Which is, as well, something of a mixed message. Releasing a new design with meh steel only to release that same design with better steel is as predictable a move as GM releasing a Z06 in the second year of a new Corvette model. Are they not using the same knife I am? The Para 3 Lightweight is formed with Spydercoâs famous bi-directional FRN texturing. The Para 3 set out to be a better option for EDC, by offering a smaller, but nonetheless useful blade in an easier-to-carry package. Chinese blades at this price bear better materials all around. But Spyderco released a new version, a lightweight version, and a few of the criticisms I had are gone. 5 /5. Written by Jack on Jun 18th 2020 Not much of a fan of the original Para 3, but I really like this lightweight version. Look for the Lightweight Full Sized EDC Shootout coming soon for a broader comparison to other non-Spyderco knives. The Para 3 has a blade length of just about 3â, with a cutting edge of 2 5/8â, an overall length of 7 1/8â, and a weight of 3.37 oz. Spydercoâs best-selling Para 3 folding knife distilled all the key qualities of their time-tested Para Military 2 model into an ultra-compact, carry-friendly format. Order yours today with our always free shipping. I carried the Para 3 Lightweight for review around the same time I was using the Gerber Fastball, and itâs another domestic-made option in the same size and price range â which is odd to say about a Gerber. The Para 3 Lightweight takes the concept of the original Para 3 to a whole new level. Its always hard to buck popular opinion and my original Para3 was doing just that—giving Spyderco’s most popular new release in years a less than glowing review. The clip is much improved here, but the original was so bad that even an improved grip still results in a score of 0. â¦ Iâve just ordered mine but reading around the forum I see theres a few in pockets already. It gives them room to release yet another Para3 LW with better steel. Great knife for a reasonable price. The difference of $1.95 is small, but breaks in favor of the Chap. It takes the big-knife-that-carries-like-a-little-knife appeal of the PM2 and just makes it a knife that carries like the exact size it is. For its blade length this is a tall, fat knife. The Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight: Is it the perfect EDC? Here is my review sample (purchased with my own money): Twitter Review Summary: Slightly less meh than the original. Would love to hear your thoughts on it. 09/11/2019 nemosandman 1 Comment It is light, it is red and it â¦ Other than fanboys of the Para3, there is no one I would recommend the Para3 LW to over the FRN Chap. I bitch because the knife is tall in the pocket and that is definitely true, but that height has one major advantage—it gives the grind plenty of real estate to reduce a thick spine to a thin edge. Para 3 Lightweight CPM SPY27. Now Spyderco has taken this concept one big step further, building a Para 3 using injection-molded fiberglass-reinforced-nylon (FRN) scales on top of their â¦ And the steel breaks in favor of the Chap, a very good PM steel versus a very good non-PM steel. Personally, I see no reason to have the original G-10 version over this lightweight version, unless you want to collect them. Like its design brethren the PM2 and the Military, your getting an excellent grind because it has the beefiness of a thick blade stock with a very keen, slicey edge. Contact Us. Its still pretty good in the pocket, but the point made in the review of the original remains—why bother carrying this when you can get all of the same features on a PM2 and it takes up roughly the same amount of space. And finally there was the clip, which, without spare real estate to hide in, was like the hotel lobby at a tech convention—a myriad of hot spots. I am planning on doing a shoot out between this knife, the Bugout, and the TRM Neutron, but before we get there, let’s just revel in a single comparison—the Para3LW v. the Chaparral in FRN. Spyderco's best-selling Para 3 folder certainly revolutionized what's expected of an EDC folder. The big dogs duke it out again. But that is a backhanded compliment, like being the skinniest sumo wrestler. I was the proverbial turd in the punch bowl at the Para3’s debutante ball. Itâs definitely more fidget-friendly, with a super snappy flipper action thanks to a ball bearing pivot. This new lightweight takes this proven design to the next level of lightweight performance. From $ 23.00. The XHP on the Chaparral is a nice improvement. Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight Folding Knife 2.92" CTS-BD1N Satin â¦ Post by Tims » Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:08 pm . Honestly, why people ignore this in their extended lovefest for the Para3 is beyond me. Sure, I can do some real finger yoga to get out of the way, but the fundamental problem remains—the smallish handle and large-ish lock make for a bad and painful combination here. Both feature slim synthetic handles.
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