Spyderco Para-Military 2 review model : C81CMOBK

Published: April 9th, 2011 by The Edge Observer 3

Spyderco Para-Military 2

The spyderco paramilitary 2 is currently my favourite EDC.  The particular model that I have is the digi-camo handle with a black plain edge blade, no : C81CMOBK.  With several small but substantial improvements over the original paramilitary, this knife is well suited for people who like the Spyderco military but find its rather politically incorrect size a deal-breaker as a candidate for EDC as well as for general tactical knife enthusiasts.

The knife utilizes a “compression” style lock that is located on the spine of the handle. The compression lock is patented by Spyderco and works by wedging a metal bar (similar to a liner lock) in-between a slot cut in the blade tang and against the stop pin.  The resulting lockup is solid and will only fail if the stop pin comes loose from the liner or the “compression insert” is crushed.  Both are very unlikely even under heavy usage.

The fully flat ground S30V modified drop point blade has a proprietary BodyCote finish with a large 14mm hole which allows for quick and easy blade deployment even with gloved hands.  The large thumb ramp and adequate finger choil have small but aggressive jimping that allows for confident, safe and effortless blade control.

Additional details include skeletonized liners on both sides (this is necessary to reinforce the stop pin for the compression lock), a large lanyard hole and ambidextrous tip up or tip down carry positions for the pocket clip.  Personally, I have removed the pocket clip on this knife as I find its position uncomfortable while cutting.

This knife came razor sharp.  It has been receiving use almost daily and shows no signs of edge wear, dulling or marking of the blade coating.Para-Military 2 closed

Over all the fit and finish on this knife is quite good for the price.  I would like to see nicer finishing on the pocket clip holes and around the edges of the metal and a matte black clip rather than a shiny one.  Over all these are small details which may only concern discriminate collectors and not users who will likely mar the knife considerably over time.

Pros:

  • Great Lock
  • Good ergonomics
  • Excellent blade and handle material
  • Reasonable price

Cons

  • Shiny pocket clip isn’t very tactical
  • Pocket clip doesn’t conceal knife in pocket
  • Cosmetic finishing could be improved

Specs :

Total dimensions and weight :

length open 8 9/32 in. (210 mm)
length closed 4 13/16 in. (122 mm)
weight 3.75 oz. (106 g)

Blade :

blade length 3 7/16 in. (87 mm)
blade steel CPM-S30V
blade thickness 9/64 in. (3.5 mm)
cutting edge 3 5/64 in. (78 mm)
hole diameter 9/16 in. (14 mm)

Lock :

Spyderco Compression

Handle :

Skeletonized stainless
G-10 scales – Digi-camo

made in Golden Colorado

3 Responses

  1. craigNo Gravatar says:

    Something rarely mentioned in reviews is blade length to handle length ratio. This example has a handle nearly on and one half inches larger than the blade. I wish there was a way Spyderco could address this “issue” as they make very fine knives.

    • The Edge ObserverNo Gravatar says:

      I personally don’t mind that the handle is longer. In fact, I usually prefer the extra leverage it provides and is one of the reasons the Para-2 is a go to knife for me. I know some people fuss over blade to handle ratio but it isn’t something that’s a deal-breaker for me.

  2. Blue SpruceNo Gravatar says:

    Not a huge Spyderco fan, but I really like my PM2. Awesome knife! Painted clips get scratched up so fast it’s pointless in my opinion. In fact I usually strip mine if they are painted. I would caution anyone buying a PM2 to do so only from a trusted retailer. The market is flooded with Chinese counterfeits.

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