Para 3; the best spyderco edc I've ever had.

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by DeadboxHero, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. abbazaba

    abbazaba Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 30, 2015
    Really been trying hard to love the Para3. The biggest issue I have is the handle- I just can't get a comfortable grip behind the choil because of the bump before the butt of the handle. My pinky lands right on the bump or behind it (same as the 0450), making the knife feel cramped and uncomfortable. For reference, the Sage5 does not have this bump. The forward grip is OK, but not as natural for me as the Native.

    Regardless, its a great knife and probably works better for people with smaller hands. I have an S30v from the initial drop (no step on the lock face), and now the Cruwear. Someday I'll probably start loving it, but right now I stick to the tried and true PM2.
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  2. SharpieB


    Oct 31, 2017
    I have smaller hands and love the P3. I just ordered a second (non serrated and partially serrated). Both S30V.

    I do like the ergonomics when using the choil though but can definately see why a person with large hands would have a tough time getting comfortable when using a full handle grip.

    Perfect for me and the PM2 is a tad big.

    Nice to have so many cool options though. :thumbsup:
  3. unbrokenchain33


    Jul 26, 2012
    I prefer the Sage 5
  4. kingston73

    kingston73 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 14, 2013
    I'll be interested to see how the pm3 compares with the Lil native.
  5. Kreyzhorse


    Jan 15, 2013
    Just literally got my Para 3 in my hands tonight. Got it in a trade off the exchange and while I was curious about them, I'd read enough reviews that seemed to be, more or less, "meh."

    After handling it for a few hours, it has impressed. Much better than I thought it would be. It will go in the rotation starting tomorrow. Time will tell if it's a keeper, but right now, its got a lot of potential.
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  6. Riz!


    May 5, 2014
    Im waiting for the S90V/CF version. Until tyen I will keep on readng about you guys’ knives
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  7. CAD


    Jan 11, 2006
    Love my Para 3 :)
  8. Stephen Rockefeller

    Stephen Rockefeller

    Apr 24, 2019
    The detent seems different than on the regular Para I wrong??
  9. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    Nice bump.

    And, what?
  10. Stephen Rockefeller

    Stephen Rockefeller

    Apr 24, 2019
    I'm confused as to why you are confused.........the detent seems to be different between the lightweight version and the regular version. Sorry for the thread bump I forgot that people here like a new thread started for every single question someone might have.
  11. Rykjeklut

    Rykjeklut Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    May 23, 2018
    Yeah no.. but this thread is about the standard PM3, and nowhere in your post did you mention the LW. That was where my confusion came from.
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  12. Stephen Rockefeller

    Stephen Rockefeller

    Apr 24, 2019
    My fault
  13. ourgon


    Feb 27, 2013
    For me Para 3 is much better design than PM2 which has weird blade looking like it was already sharpened multiple times with diamonds.
  14. Stephen Rockefeller

    Stephen Rockefeller

    Apr 24, 2019
    By design you mean size right? It's the same exact knife just scaled down yes?
  15. jstn

    jstn Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 27, 2012
    This thread got me back on the Para 3 bandwagon. I had, and sold, a plain Jane S30V and an M390. I couldn't warm up to either. But, I decided to give it one more try and got an S35VN version and it hasn't left my pocket since. Perfect EDC. Now I need one in Cruwear, my favorite steel hands down.
  16. 731Chopper

    731Chopper Platinum Member Platinum Member

    May 25, 2017
    I prefer the PM2. I also prefer the Para 3 LW now over the Para 3.
  17. TheFactor

    TheFactor Life is good ! Platinum Member

    Feb 26, 2015
    Myself I love every variation in the PM3:thumbsup:
    The PM2 use to be my fav and is still a great knife but the PM3 has taken over for me and checks all the right boxes .
    Although the pocket clip is usually the first to go for a MXG or Lynch shortie DP .
  18. BP_

    BP_ Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2015
    Just got my first Para 3 in the mail today. I really like it a bit more than I thought I would. Fits my hand very nicely as well. Overall, I’m more than pleased.

    It’s the brown S35VN to match its bigger brother PM2 S35VN. I don’t know why, but they are just my favorite users. Did they or do they make a brown Military in S35VN?
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  19. TheFactor

    TheFactor Life is good ! Platinum Member

    Feb 26, 2015
    Glad to hear your liking the Brown S35vn para 3 . I also have one on the way :thumbsup:
    Don’t think they do or did make a Military in the Brown G10 sporting S35VN. Heard there going to be making a LW Military though but not sure of the blade steel.
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  20. Dodgie02


    Jul 8, 2017
    I've once bought the p3 cruwear one, but I never managed to like it. I've carried a sage 5 daily
    Almost as it seemed to be made to my precise needs end sizes. That sage is no longer however.. Normally I would have bought a new one right away. But then there is the upcoming lw.. Now about the cruwear p3.. Im unsure what it is which makes me hate carrying the p3.
    It's like it's trying to be like it's brother but, well, doesn't. For me.

    Now, a lw Para like blade with comp lock and swapped cruwear steel plus wire clip? I'm still daily carrying one of my pm2's so either this could be a match made in heaven as all purpose edc setup, or just buyers regret waiting to happen.

    Ideally I'd have to see comparisons between a sage 5 and one of these lightweight but both are very hard to find models so finding people who have both is is like looking for a - correction - my pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.


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