The Spyderco Paramilitary 2 combines the three most important aspects of a folding knife in one piece: durable lock, comfortable handle, and – most importantly – stainless steel. No wonder it has been touted as the touchstone for Spyderco knife designs.
The handle of the Paramilitary 2 is big, ergonomic, and comfortable. It comes with a front half-and-half finger choil for maximum control.
The Paramilitary’s lock also doesn’t disappoint. It is fitted with Spyderco’s trademark compression lock, which works like a liner lock. Moreover, the design of the spring leaf, as well as the tight fit on the stop pin and the tang of the knife, makes the compression lock more durable than the ordinary liner lock.
Further, the knife has a clip point blade with a unique profile. The blade has a straight spine and a curved cutting edge, which can be sharpened all the way to the tip. It also comes with a brilliant satin finish and has a full flat grind for best cutting performance.
The S30V steel that makes up the blade is a first-generation stainless steel, and may be the only weakness of this knife – it can chip easily when used for heavy-duty tasks. Spyderco rectifies this problem by hardening their S30V steel during the manufacturing process. This results in a durable steel knife for day-to-day use.
If you prefer tougher steel, Spyderco stocks tons of limited edition Paramilitary knives with all types of processed steel. However, they cost slightly more than the price of a standard Paramilitary model.