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Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Review – Worth Buying in 2019?

I've been collecting folding knives for a decade now. Among the hundreds of knives for my EDC collection, Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is definitely among my top pics. Spyderco is one of the top brands for pocket knives. I ordered Spydero Paramilitary 2 in 2019, and this is my experience with the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 after almost two years of use for anyone who is looking forward to purchase this knife.

The 45 extra seconds you spend on this page shall determine a great choice or a regret for years. Feel the pain!? You don't have to! 

I'm going to be totally unbiased, and will not exaggerate ​the stuff in any manner. My Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Review will not be one sided. I will share both the pros and cons and my personal thoughts on the knife itself.

I am what people call a knife specialist. And I love to impart the knowledge I have on these topics.

Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Review - Overview

  • Blade length: 3.44 inches
  • Overall length: 8.28 inches
  • Closed length: 4.81 inches
  • Weight: 3.75 ounces
  • Blade material: S30V stainless steel
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Price: $133.38
spyderco paramilitary 2 review


Spyderco Paramilitary is a military knife model. It's a sturdy knife with extremely hard & razor-sharp blade along the comfortable handle. It boasts a flat-ground CPM-S30V blade with an easily indexed 14mm Spyderco Round Hole for gloved or large hands.

Apart from that, this knife has some real good design and looks which makes it an excellent knife.

Blade & General Dimensions of Spyderco Paramilitary

Spyderco Paramilitary's blade is consist of CPM-S30V stainless which is an excellent steel. The length of the blade is 3.44 inches & thickness of the blade is 0.15. 

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Like other Spyderco knives, it has a hole on the blade with company's logo which makes it look even more sexier. There is nice jimping on the end (spine) of the knife which provides grip on the blade.​

It comes with a compression lock like a liner lock and located on the spine of the knife. Therefore, it becomes almost impossible to close it with one hand. Now, it may be considered as a con/disadvantage, but it eventually reduces down the chance of an accident.

The blade is super solid ​like a military blade should be since it would be used for rough tasks as well. Since the blade of Spyderco Paramilitary is consist of awesome S30V blade, therefore,  it is more refined, longer lasting–heck, sharper–edge as compared to other knives.

​The blade is exclusively made is U.S.A which makes it more reliable. Blade is pretty easy to sharp & worked well when used it for rough tasks that include cutting rope, and logs.

Spyderco Paramilitary  Review - Blade's Rating.

  • Holds Good Edge Retention.
  • Corrosion Resistance.
  • Best Blade Ever, Razor Sharp.
  • Easy-to-Sharp.
  • Tough to fold with one hand.

Handle, Ergonomics and Pocket Clip

​Spyderco Paramilitary is made of G-10 material. G-10 handle is one of the finest handles. The overall length of the handle is 4.8 inches. The G-10 handle is constructed of stainless steel liners.

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The curves on the handle provide superior control and prevents slippage from the handle. The weight of Spyderco Paramilitary is 3.75 ounces which can't be considered heavy at all, lightweight. 

The handle feels quite comfortable in the hand, and it gives secure grip. So, it has got good ergonomics. 

It comes with a silver clip that can be positioned in 4 ways, and tucks all the way inside pocket very tight. The clip of the knife is long in the size, and good enough to glide in your pocket and stick to it like glue. The clip is reversible for tip down or tip up, tip right, and tip left.

 Handle & Ergonomics 

  • G-10 material.
  • Grippy Handle.
  • A good clip.
  • Not thick in size.
  • No Cons here hands down!

Deployment and Lockup

The deployment system of the knife is supported with a compression lock up system, like discussed earlier. The deployment system is such a lubricant due to the improved bushing pivot system in the lockup area of Spyderco Peramilitary.

Put your finger inside the hole & it will open with the blazing fast speed. Moreover, it doesn't feel like pushing it hard when deploying the blade since it has got nice lubrication done on it.

However, it will be a little hassle to close the knife (fold in) with a single hand until & unless you're really familiar with knives.

​Overall, there is no issues in the deployment system, It's extremely strong, and live up to the expectations, thankfully.​

Review of Spyderco Paramilitary 2's Deployment & Lockup 

  • Blazing Fast.
  • Safe to open.
  • Requires experience to fold the knife with a single hand.

Spyderco Paramilitary Review 

Overall Rating

So, this is all about Spyderco Paramilitary. I've discussed about blade, steel, handle, ergonomics, lockup, and deployment system of the knife.

The blade is made of S30v stainless steel which is really an excellent stuff at such lower prize along rock-hard & comfortable G-10 handle.

The curves on the handle not only helps​ to make a grip, but also makes it look better. The hole on the blade could be a concern for few people, but I personally love it and it becomes easy to open the blade using that hole.

The size of the knife is 8.28 inches which could be considered​ around 1 inch long than normal EDC size knives, but if you're a big size or medium size guy, then it shouldn't be a big deal. 

Pros & Cons

Pros: Comfortable Ergonomics, Excellent Blade, and Good Deployment System.

Cons: Folding the knife with one requires experience.

Bottom Line: Spyderco Paramilitary is an excellent Knife under $150. If you've got budget, then just go for this knife 😉

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3 thoughts on “Spyderco Paramilitary 2 Review – Worth Buying in 2019?”

  1. I don’t know what “knife specialist” means to you, but your only con with this knife is quite humorous. It takes no time (or skill) at all to get adept at not only closing the knife with a squeeze and a flick, but you can open it the same way. All it takes is a torx and 2 seconds to dial in the approriate tension. That may make someone who can do this a “knife expert” by your standards, but it really is that easy. Take the next step in your journey grasshopper. You may someday also be a “knife expert”.

    Other than that, fair enough review.

  2. The paramiltary 2 should free-fall closed from gravity upon depressing the compression lock. Either you got one that needs adjusted (I’ve owned 2, both came perfect), or you you have a clone

  3. I’ve been interested in knife for a long time. One day I came across the PM2, everbody is talking about it, every one is buying one, I didn’t know what’s so great. So I went to a store, pick a PM2 up, open it one handed easily, does the spyder flick easily, and close it with one hand easily, by both letting gravity does it or do a reverse flick. You might want to clean and oil your PM2

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