When Spyderco created one of the most popular and iconic knives on the market with the Para Military 2, following it up would be a daunting proposition. It's a balancing act of respecting the original design while giving it fresh legs for the next generation of owners. Spyderco strikes that balance with the new Para 3. It's taken everything great about the Para Military 2 and made it EDC-friendly without sacrificing usability and utility.
It all starts with the handle. It's now much shorter at 4.29” long, but still retains its ergonomic shape for a full grip. It keeps the textured G-10 material and pairs it with a slight curve along the top for even better handling. Its compression lock mechanism is embedded into the handles to cut down weight, making the Para 3 even friendlier on the pockets.
The blade is the most drastic change the Para 3 has over its predecessor. While still made from hardy CPM S30V steel, it's now a much more compact at 2.95”. It hits below the magic EDC number of 3” that lets it fall under most knife laws. While it's a shorter blade with a steeper angle, it's actually thicker than the Para Military 2's along the spine (0.145” vs 0.141”). That means despite saving on length, you're not missing out on cutting performance—especially with its long belly and precision tip.
The Para 3 continues its name's legacy with a design for everyday carry that reaches (and cuts) far beyond its size. Pick one up at that Amazon link below.
When choosing the best pocket knife for your everyday carry, one of the decisions you'll need to make is what type of blade edge you should choose.
The common recommendation is to go with a plain edge (for reasons we'll get into later), but you might notice two other types of edges: serrated and combo edges. Instead of an unbroken edge on the blade, these two alternatives add some “teeth” to the knife.
You may not have needed serrations on your knife before, or don't know enough about them to add them to your kit. In our last guide for custom-designed knives for everyday carry, one reader asked: “Why don't you guys ever feature serrated knives?”
Well today we will, and our goal is to compare each type of edge in the context of EDC tasks so you can make the right choice when picking one.
The “holy grail”—it's the elusive, be-all and end-all item at the top of your wishlist that's just outside the realm of obtainable. As EDCers, we've all got that one knife we aspire to own. And more often than not, it's custom made, bordering on “if money wasn’t an option” territory.
You've seen every picture of that knife on Instagram pining for it, you've read every review, and you've even re-calculated your budget over and over again. And after all that, you still can't see yourself dropping two grand on a knife.
But don't worry, there is hope. More and more custom knife makers are teaming up with manufacturers you know and trust to bring their designs much more within reach in the form of collaboration production knives.
We've rounded up our favorite (relatively) affordable grails from 2016 in this guide. With any of these picks, you’re getting as close to all the design, functionality, and looks of a custom, on a blade you can use without worrying about its cost.
- Gerber Shard
- Leatherman Squirt PS4
- Sliver Gripper Tweezers
- Spyderco HoneyBee SS PlainEdge Knife
- Common Fibers Slim Wallet
- MVMT White/Black
- Benchmade 746 Mini Onslaught AXIS Lock Knife w/ Free Benchmade Bottle Opener
- Authentic Ray-Ban Justin RB 4165 622/55 55mm Rubber Black with Blue Mirror Lens
- Audio-Technica ATHCLR100BK In-Ear Headphones, Black
- and 3 others
Few blade steels on the market are as unique as Spyderco's rustproof H-1 steel. While H-1 is obviously useful for cutting in any environment, the Salt series uses it best by featuring it in tried-and-tested Spyderco knives like the Delica and Dragonfly 2.
The Snap-It puts a twist on the Salt's design by integrating a gated carabiner hook into its business end, so you won't need a clip to EDC it as a go-anywhere knife. The Snap-It Salt's handles also got updated with a two-tone FRN for easier grip. All the Salt's original features are also here, including a 2.96” blade in your choice of plain or serrated edge.
Need the perfect knife for your next outdoor adventure? Pick up a Snap-It Salt at the link below, clip it to your gear, and off you go.