Why change something if it works? Because Spyderco practices the principle of C.Q.I. - Constant Quality Improvement. If they can refine and improve the ergonomics or cutting performance of an established model, they do it.
Our 2010 Para Military 2 has several changes over the classic version. The G-10 handle is narrowed at the end improving the ergonomics. The handle and blade have been profile thinner; removing uncomfortable angles when in the closed position. It features a Compression Lock and an ambidextrous-friendly four way clip which carries tip-up/tip-down, left/right-hand and rests deeper in a pocket. They kept the same high-performance CPM S45VN full flat-ground blade but also lengthened the blade's tip and added additional surface jimping to both the spine and finger choil. Implementation of a new Bushing Pivot System generates fluid action and more consistent manufacturing tolerances. Larger lanyard gives more options for carry.
Refinements to overall construction may not be drastic or even visible to the eye but from the G-10 textured handle to the CPM S45VN steel full flat blade, everything is sharper, smoother and guaranteed to provide performance and user comfort.
Made in Golden, Colorado U.S.A.
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The Paramilitary 2 is a popular knife. Now I know why. Good looks. Comfy, ergonomic shape that does well with all types of grips. Smooth pivot. Easy opening and closing with one hand. Perfect size. Is solid and sturdy without being heavy. Blade is hair shaving sharp. Good blade steel. Strong clip retention. This is my first compression lock knife and its fantastic. Better than any liner, frame, back or axis locks I own. If I could only own one folding knife I would choose this one.
Country of Origin: USA