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Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight

When the Spyderco Para 3 came out 2 years ago, it had big shoes to fill. After all, it was following up on one of the most popular and timeless knife designs ever, the Para Military 2. The Para 3 set out to be a better option for EDC, by offering a smaller, but nonetheless useful blade in an easier-to-carry package. With the Para 3 Lightweight, Spyderco drops some weight (and the price) to elevate the knife even higher. With a new steel, better ergonomics, and one of the lightest materials available for handles, it's a solid contender for an all-day, everyday carry knife.

The biggest, most noticeable difference between the original Para 3 and the new Lightweight is in the handles. While the older model used G-10 scales, the new version features injection-molded, fiberglass-reinforced nylon (FRN) scales covered in a bidirectional texturing pattern, providing a solid grip. The handles are also more rounded and chamfered on the edges, making the new knife more comfortable to hold. The design and material choices on the handle contribute a lot to the weight savings, making the Para 3 Lightweight nearly thirty percent lighter than its predecessor, tipping the scales at a pocket-friendly 2.4 ounces. Similar to other Spyderco FRN models, the handles allow use of a wire clip, a design that shaves off even more weight while allowing a deeper pocket carry than the original Para 3. This allows a more discreet carry while still keeping the knife easily within reach.

A new, streamlined version of Spyderco’s patented Compression Lock mechanism—the first they've incorporated into a model with FRN handles—handles the deployment and closing of the blade, allowing familiar, one-handed operation. With the blade deployed, whether via the classic Spyderco thumb hole or with a flick, you get access to a 2.92” blade in the leaf-shaped, full flat-ground profile that traces its roots back to the original Para Military 2. It's a versatile shape useful for everyday tasks, from food prep to precision cuts. The blade uses CTS-BD1N steel (another first for Spyderco), and replaces the CPM-S30V of the original Para 3. Additional Nitrogen in the alloy gives it better edge retention and corrosion resistance, making it ideal for hardier tasks. And at under 3 inches, it's able to take on most tasks while still adhering to common knife laws.

Refinement and upgrades usually come with a cost, but the Para 3 Lightweight loses numbers on the price tag as well. True to its name, it's a lightweight knife in both the pocket and on your wallet, giving you a solid option for your next EDC knife. Get your own at the Amazon link below.

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Is the Spyderco Tenacious Worth It in 2019?

When it comes to making no-nonsense tactical knives that are perfect for everyday carry, Spyderco tops the list with high-quality designs made in a manufacturing language that is uniquely their own. There are plenty of everyday carry knives to choose from, but none cut quite the same look and perform the same in hand as a Spyderco. Unfortunately,  you usually have to spend a pretty penny to get your hands on one. But when Spyderco introduced the Tenacious, it turned that idea on its head. That's because the Tenacious was made to provide just about everything that made a Spyderco knife great for EDC at a much more accessible price point than many other Spyderco models. While it was a budget knife, it punched above its weight, making it a strong value for the money that was hard to ignore. But it's been a decade since its introduction, and we've seen a lot of changes in the EDC knife industry since then. So, is the Spyderco Tenacious worth it today? Read on to see whether it's still the choice to make, and how it holds up against the competition.

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Spyderco Techno 2

While compact pocket knives are perfect for EDCing in your pocket, the tradeoff for their smaller size becomes clear when you're up against heavy duty tasks. That's not the case with the new Spyderco Techno 2, a stout workhorse knife with a rock-solid design made in collaboration with Polish custom knifemaker Marcin Slysz. The newest iteration of the Techno pairs premium materials with a more sturdy blade, resulting in a “little big knife” that's ready to take on cutting tasks both large and small.

The Techno 2 comes with a sheepsfoot blade, giving it a beefy profile that's perfect for repetitive utility tasks and hard use. The new blade shape makes better use of its compact 2.55” length compared to the original drop-point blade that featured in the older design. While the shape has changed, the blade itself still made out of a premium no-compromise CTS-XHP stainless steel ground with a high saber edge that makes cutting and slicing with the Techno 2 a breeze. Opening the blade is easy as well with Spyderco's signature thumbhole, allowing quick, ambidextrous one-handed openings even if you're wearing gloves.

When it's time to get to work, you'll appreciate the exotic makeup of the blade giving the Techno 2 the durability and edge retention that lets it compete with knives that are much larger in size. For added strength, the titanium handle contains a frame lock that keeps the blade in place with minimal movement during even the toughest of work. Once you're done, you can close the blade up and let it disappear into either of your front pockets with its reversible tip-up deep carry pocket clip. And at just 3.4 ounces in weight, it definitely won't weigh you down as you go through your day.

With the Techno 2, you get a dependable compact EDC knife with a premium design that sacrifices nothing to get you the performance you've come to expect in your daily carry. Check it out and pick one up for yourself at the link below.

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