Para 3 lightweight - clip problems?

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Para 3 lightweight - clip problems?

Postby clrkwllms » Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:41 pm

I've had my Para 3 Lightweight since May and I like everything about it except for one thing: I've knocked the wire clip off of it four times.

I've got a ton of Spydercos with the wire clip (Sages, Dragonflys, Lil Native) and I've never had this problem before. I moved the clip over to left-hand carry and I've dislodged it twice getting into my car and twice bumping something as I walked by. I moved from carrying it in my left back pocket to my left front pocket, but have popped the clip off from both places. So far I've been lucky and realized that it's happened but I figure it's just a matter of time before I lose the clip.

Has any other Para 3 Lightweight owner seen this problem? Anyone have any advice?

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Re: Para 3 lightweight - clip problems?

Postby clrkwllms » Sun Sep 29, 2019 1:54 pm

I pulled out my digital vernier caliper and measured the thickness of the handle including the wireclip height and got about 11.4mm as the width for the clip setup for right-hand carry. I then moved the clip over to left-hand carry and measured again, getting 11.5mm on one leg and 11.6mm on the other, telling me that the left-hand groove for the wire clip is 0.1mm to 0.2mm shallower than the right-hand side. I would not have thought that would make a difference but clearly it does. I've stopped carrying the Para 3 lightweight because I can't reliably keep the clip on through normal use.

It's a beautiful knife with great ergonomics, but since I can't keep the pocket clip on it, I can't carry it.

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Re: Para 3 lightweight - clip problems?

Postby jaysus145 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:59 am

Mine has not been knocked off, but in the month I've had it, the clip has come lose twice. Luckily I was able to tighten it both times, but if I was out in the woods when it happened who knows if I would have lost it or not. I guess I could put some locktite on it, but I would prefer not to.

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Re: Para 3 lightweight - clip problems?

Postby Ric » Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:58 pm

I took the clip off of mine and wanted to put it back on.
No chance to remove the screw. It was turning and turning.
I even removed the blade and used some force - no way to remove the clip screw...

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Re: Para 3 lightweight - clip problems?

Postby sal » Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:43 am

Hi Clrkwllms, Jaysus,

Welcome to our forum.

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Re: Para 3 lightweight - clip problems?

Postby Username827 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:46 am

Have carried my Para 3 LW almost everyday since I got it in April. Have not had a problem with the wire clip yet, but I carry right front pocket. I will keep an eye on it though

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Re: Para 3 lightweight - clip problems?

Postby Ez556 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:32 am

My dad hasn't had the clip fall off, but when I tried to move it for him the D shaped flat rounded off on the hole and the screw just turned as well. I had to grab it from the other side with a pliers to loosen it and subsequently tighten it.
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Re: Para 3 lightweight - clip problems?

Postby gull wing » Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:43 pm

You know, my LW P3's clip has acted like it wanted to come off, never did come off though.
If I have to, may mill the insets a bit deeper????
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Re: Para 3 lightweight - clip problems?

Postby araneae » Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:28 pm

No issues with mine.
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Re: Para 3 lightweight - clip problems?

Postby sharpone » Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:58 pm

No issue with mine as of yet, carry it 4 or 5 days a week in my shorts while I exercise. Love my wire clip Spyderco knives!

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Re: Para 3 lightweight - clip problems?

Postby jacala » Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:46 pm

Try levering the screw upwards as you undo the screw.


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