Coming with a medium-size blade, and a 3.44in cutting edge, the PARAMILITARY 2 was pressed into very hard use, and borderline abusive errands, not breaking and staying up to the task no matter what chores I ran it through. Spyderco made an excellent job in designing this very light and thin folding knife.
The PARAMILITARY 2 delivers cutting performance that is matched by few other knives of its size, I found. The blade can handle a range of cutting tasks owing to a combination of its thick stock and full flat grind. The smooth curves of the oversized handle make for a comfortable grip, even with gloves on (even with which the company’s trademarked SpyderHole makes it easy to open).
At first the short blade of the PARAMILITARY 2 makes it seem very small, but it causes the edge to have a shorter straight section near the choil and causes it to ascend into the belly of the blade very quickly. The short blade provides more control over both the tip and the cutting edge than longer blades. As said before, the large thumb hole (SpyderHole) in the spine of the blade may cause it to appear somewhat unusual but, it serves to make the blade significantly easier to open with one hand and, the flat grind on the blade provides the best possible compromise between a tough edge and a sharp edge. The ergonomic grip is so comfortable that it literally feels as if it has been sculpted to fit one’s hand. From the arched back to the gracefully curved belly, the handle of this knife must have been specifically designed with the human hand in mind and the large finger choil combined with the jimping on the spine of the knive provides a means of choking up on the blade for even greater control when performing precision cutting tasks.
Spyderco knives are different, weird, and even peculiar. That said, according to the Spyderco web site, someone told the owner that he, “<I>must design in the dark because your knives look so strange!” But, their distinguished design is actually a result of striving to create ergonomic, functional, tools rather than simply applying the same old ideas to a folding knife. Also, making knives that consistently deliver reliable high-performance to their owners requires an ongoing commitment to testing. Thus, in their million-dollar testing facility, Spyderco examines edge retention with a CATRA machine, looks for rust development with Q-FOG, and even researches the force needed to open and close a knife. They also repeatedly test for stress, wear, and optimal heat-treating and, they actively search for higher quality, performance enhancing, steels and materials. Of course, as a customer, one is probably unaware of all of this but, such rigorous testing ensures that when one purchases a Spyderco knife, one receives a reliable, high quality, cutting tool.
Comes with a large “spoon style” pocket clip, in manual action (non spring assisted), with a S30V blade, and features a G10 handle with nested steel liners.