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 back in 2015.
This is my experience with the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 after more than four years of use for anyone who is looking forward to purchase this knife.
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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
- Handle Material: G-10
- Blade Material: S30V stainless steel
- Country of Origin: USA
- Price: $153.38
Spyderco Paramilitary is a military knife model. It's a sturdy knife with a hard & razor-sharp blade along with the comfortable G-10 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 (CPM-S30V Stainless) is an excellent steel. The length of the blade is 3.44 inches & thickness of the blade is 0.15.
Like other Spyderco knives, it has a hole on the blade with company's logo which makes it look even more appealing.
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, you'll have to close it with one hand. Now, it won't necessarily be considered as a con/disadvantage, but it eventually reduces down the chance of an accident.
The S30V blade is super solid like a military blade should be and. It can handle the "abuse" of rough tasks as well. The S30V blade material is more refined, will last longer, 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.
- Spyderco doesn't have a replacement policy for blades
- 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.
The curves on the handle provide superior control and prevent slippage. The weight of Spyderco Paramilitary is 3.75 ounces, which very 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, as discussed earlier. The deployment system is such a breeze due to the improved bushing pivot system in the lockup area of Spyderco Paramilitary.
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.
Overall, I've had no issues in the deployment system, it's well-built, and has lived up to my expectations, thankfully.
Review of Spyderco Paramilitary 2's Deployment & Lockup
- Blazing Fast.
- Safe to open.
- Not easy to fold the knife with a single hand.
Spyderco Paramilitary Review
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 an affordable price along all-durable & 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 longer than normal EDC 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: Spyderco doesn't replace blades.
Bottom Line: Spyderco Paramilitary is an excellent Knife under $150. If you've got budget, then just go for this knife 😉