Para 3 LW SPY27?

Calier

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I just lost my Para 3 LW after owning it for only a month. Such a cool knife, very bummed out. I had the regular BD1N version with black FRN, highly recommended. Maybe I'll replace the knife with the SPY20 variant, if I can find one.
 
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Sal Glesser

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Hi Calier,

Sorry for your loss.

I'm biased, but SPY27 is special. FYI, I helped Carpenter develop BD1N, it was our first, but it didn't work out as planned, so Crucible helped us out with SPY27. 2 good steels that exist because of Spyderco.

sal
 
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After finding mine, I received an in-stock notification from SMKW. So SPY27 Para3s may be coming back in-stock elsewhere. I found mine local, and he had 6. So they can be found. Would be kinda hard forking over $140 again tho.
 

pcguy23

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After finding mine, I received an in-stock notification from SMKW. So SPY27 Para3s may be coming back in-stock elsewhere. I found mine local, and he had 6. So they can be found. Would be kinda hard forking over $140 again tho.
I also am starting to see the Spy27 Para 3's in stock at online retailers
if you have been waiting, better grab one quick, don't think they will last long
 
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Looks like they are back in stock. Mine arrived today. The action was pretty stiff. I've been carrying it all morning. I also loosened the pivot screw and tried to tweak the action, but to no avail. I added some KPL and am continuing to work it in. After a few hours of just getting it out every so often and flipping it is already much better, and I have the pivot screw just about as tight as it was when it arrived. The centering is dead center and it is hair shaving sharp. I have a recent Native 5 (S30V) lightweight. The fit and finish of the Para 3 is better, and the texturing of the FRN while similar is grippier. The outside edges are more rounded and comfortable. Even though the Para 3 is slightly larger, it manages to be .3 oz. lighter. I hope the action continues to improve (from other reviews I've read, it should). I like the cobalt blue color quite a bit and the spy27 is very interesting - -we'll just have to see how it fares in use. One last thing, the spine is relatively sharp. I tried using it on a ferro rod and it works great. What a winner of a knife!
 
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PiterM

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Got it for abouta week now... keeps cutting, gets crazy sharp. It’s just a lightweight edc, so no crazy hard jobs so far. But last weekend I sharpened somesticks when doing gardening around my cabin, opened some big garden soil bags, cut a lot of string. Sharpening on fine and ultrafine stones was quick and easy, it’s a good steel. So far can’t see a major difference vs S35VN in my Native 5 LW but it’s surely keeping edge better than any VG10 I owned. Like it a lot. And what a lovely color! Non-threatening, easy to find in grass/foliage, easy to conceal in jeans.

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