Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Discuss Spyderco's products and history.
Felr2
Member
Posts: 13
Joined: Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:50 pm

Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby Felr2 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:13 am

Well, I live in Canada and I am looking to add one final knife to my collection before the knife stock becomes completely depleted because of the CBSA.

I currently have a Delica 4, Benchmade Mini Grip Sheepsfoot, and a Dragonfly.

I am having a hard time deciding between the Paramilitary 2 and the Para 3. I will be buying either of them in S110v.

PM2 makes more sense for me because the Para 3 is going to have a similar blade length to my Delica and Benchmade. And I would like something slightly longer than the Delica 4. I like its looks and pocket clip position more than the Para 3.

But I keep hearing about how delicate the tip is on the PM2 and I know that the Para 3 has a thicker tip due to the blade stock having the same starting thickness yet being shorter. And I do intend on using it as a camp/outdoor knife so maybe I want a thicker tip?

Any thoughts? Or maybe even Manix 2 in S110v?

User avatar
elena86
Member
Posts: 2808
Joined: Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:59 am
Location: Somewhere in Europe

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby elena86 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:32 am

Para2 in any steel
Marius

" A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it " ( Rabindranath Tagore )

User avatar
npad69
Member
Posts: 504
Joined: Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:07 pm
Location: Palawan, Philippines

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby npad69 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:49 am

Get the pm2 or better yet the millie in s110v

bouhunter
Member
Posts: 338
Joined: Mon Feb 29, 2016 7:48 am

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby bouhunter » Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:30 am

I have a Manix in S110V Blurple. Even though I tend to carry smaller knives 90% of the time, I have to say that thing is one of the most awesome folding knives I own. Fit & finish are PERFECT, smooth, ergonomics, there is just nothing not done right on that knife!

Sjucaveman
Member
Posts: 1158
Joined: Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:00 pm
Location: Central Mn

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby Sjucaveman » Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:05 am

Para 2 feels much better in hand for me with big hands.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Adam

User avatar
standy99
Member
Posts: 772
Joined: Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:07 am
Location: Between Broome and Cairns somewhere

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby standy99 » Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:18 am

Get the Pm2 first ;)
Im a vegetarian as technically cows are made of grass and water.

Nate
Member
Posts: 1747
Joined: Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:25 am
Location: Hurtling through space...

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby Nate » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:39 am

The PM2 does have a fine tip, but that doesn't put me off the knife, I like it as one of its features.

I did snap a tiny bit off the tip on one of my s30v PM2's a while back, probably 1mm or less, when I tried to "gently" pry off a lightswitch cover that was stuck with paint (I scored around the perimeter first, but evidently not enough). At any rate, lesson learned. It's really not even noticeable though and now the tip is a little stronger! :p

I don't know how you use your knives, but assuming you won't intend to pry with either in s110v, I would just go with the model you like more, which sounds like the PM2.
:spyder:

User avatar
MichaelScott
Member
Posts: 3008
Joined: Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:42 am
Location: Southern Colorado

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby MichaelScott » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:37 am

I believe the handle on the Manix 2 is thinner than the PM2 which felt better to me. If possible, you should handle the two knives to see what your senses tell you.
Overheard at the end of the ice age, “We’ve been having such unnatural weather.”

http://acehotel.blog

Team Innovation

User avatar
anycal
Member
Posts: 1602
Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:40 pm
Location: California

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby anycal » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:04 am

As mentioned, since you already have some smaller blades, you should definitely try something bigger.

Pulling out some older pics for comparison,

Image
Image
Image
Peter

User avatar
abbazaba
Member
Posts: 3377
Joined: Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:40 pm
Location: New England

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby abbazaba » Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:32 pm

PM2 is far superior ergonomically for me, and has slowly become one of my favorite all around users. PM3 does not fit my hand well, and the blade thickness and shape just make more sense on the PM2 IMHO.

Not sure what you are doing with your knives, but I would not worry about the tip on the PM2 being and issue, ever.

SF Native
Member
Posts: 1431
Joined: Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:25 am
Location: Fairfax, Ca

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby SF Native » Mon Feb 26, 2018 12:59 pm

I checked the tip thickness between the pm2 and the para 3 this morning. The para 3 is slightly thinker, but I’m not sure it’s significantly thicker. They are really close to the same.

User avatar
Johnnie1801
Member
Posts: 2219
Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:29 am
Location: Europe

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby Johnnie1801 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:23 am

They are both great knives but the clip is an issue for me on the Para 3 so the PM2 wins for me. With the current restrictions being enforced in Canada I'd say you should just bite the bullet and buy both. If you end up liking both then you win, if you end up having to sell one then you win again as you'll probably end up getting more than you paid when they are not available anymore.
Currently enjoying Spyderco's in - S30V, VG10, Super Blue, Cruwear x4, CTS XHP, S110V x2, M4 x3, S35VN, CTS 204P x2, S90V, HAP 40, K390, RWL34, MAXAMET, ZDP 189, REX 45


Jon

BushcraftJoe
Member
Posts: 23
Joined: Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:19 am

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby BushcraftJoe » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:19 am

Fellow Canadian here. I can't believe what they're doing to us nowadays, we used to be the guys the good knife laws.... Anywho, imo Manix > Para 2/3, though I must admit thats partially because I'm a lefty.

User avatar
RobDigi
Member
Posts: 149
Joined: Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:18 am

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby RobDigi » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:23 am

PM2 is a must have.

vivi
Member
Posts: 7458
Joined: Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:15 am

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby vivi » Tue Feb 27, 2018 7:46 am

abbazaba wrote:PM2 is far superior ergonomically for me, and has slowly become one of my favorite all around users. PM3 does not fit my hand well, and the blade thickness and shape just make more sense on the PM2 IMHO.

Not sure what you are doing with your knives, but I would not worry about the tip on the PM2 being and issue, ever.
Seconded.

Dunno what OP does when he camps, but I never have to pry with a folding knife when I go camping. If I do want to pry, I have plenty of tools better suited to it - multitools with flat head screwdrivers, carbon steel fixed blades with thick tips and spines, axes, etc. Something like a Para 2 would see most its use as a paring knife dicing onions and potatoes, maybe cutting some rope. Either knife is overkill for that.
Current carry rotation:

Pacific Salt 2 LC200N | Manix XL M4 DLC | Aqua Salt

User avatar
Water Bug
Member
Posts: 2109
Joined: Sat Feb 23, 2008 11:21 pm

Re: Spyderco Para3 vs Paramilitary 2?

Postby Water Bug » Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:48 pm

I was very pleased when the Spyderco Para Military 2 came out. I like the original Spyderco Para Military, but I sometimes felt the blade was a bit short... that was addressed with the longer blade and design of the Para Military 2. The ergonomics of the Para Military 2 are outstanding and I get a knife with sufficient blade length and great feel I get with the Spyderco Military, but in a slightly smaller package. Although different, it just seems the Spyderco Para Military 3 is too similar to the original Para Military, especially with regards to the blade length.
Spyderco WTC #1044


Return to “Spyderco General Discussion”