I have both, and like others have said, , you kind of can't go wrong either way but it's still an apples vs oranges kind of issue since they are so different. Personally, I like the Southard better, and believe it to be the finest knife Spyderco has ever produced. 204 steel is freaken awesome in a blade of this size and, for me, the ergos work great. I'm not a huge fan of the clip, but it works well enough so as to not detract from the knife overall. The Para2, , well it's just a go to workhorse and it probably gets more pocket-time with me than any of my Spydercos (I have 4 different Paras and only one Southard). I will also say that the Southard is a little more difficult to sharpen on the EdgePro, but the 204 takes such a sweet edge it is very well worth the trouble. I would agree with others that if this dilemma is causing you too much stress, ,then the Domino might be a good option.