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Spyderco Para 3 Compression Lock Knife

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The Para 3 is one of my favorite EDC's due to its size/weight combination. Unless I am hunting or camping I prefer to carry a smaller knife, lightweight knife and the Para 3 is perfect for that and I find myself carrying it more than I do my small Sebenza's. I know there are quite a few comments on the pricing Massdrop has listed, but as always, you need to be a good steward with your money and shop around. I have the regular S30V Satin/Black G10 version and IIRC, I picked up on sale at Amazon for right around $100. I thought about getting the S110 version but this is my EDC and I have never had any issues with the S30V on any of my Spiderco knives. I've never cared for the black/coated knives because I hate the way they look when the coating gets scratched. That and I think they look a little too Mall Ninja for me. Anyhow, like I said, the Para 3 is a good EDC in my opinion.
So I receive a 50% discount on spyderco's website and the blue G10 with 110 steel is the exact same price if you decline the pouch and get a $15 discount. What I'm saying is this is 50% msrp.
Yah... You're paying retail prices to wait....
Spyderco's CPM S110V blade steel is awesome. I have a Native 5 with the steel and after polishing the edge it is insanely sharp. It also holds an edge very well.
It looks like the price increased on this drop. Im getting a different total price now when adding an order.
Not partisan to fanboys or trolls, dont have a para3 myself, from anywhere, still undecided on adding to the fam. Just an observation, but for people for whom this is not a good deal, I appreciate that for your purposes the economics simply do not justify pulling the trigger, even w/o case. It def does make sense for some people. The financial aspect is only one variable in a persons decisions.
However, being mad (& expressing those feelings here in no uncertain terms) about it accomplishes literally nothing, to effect change whatsoever. Only voting with your dollar does. On the flip side, people sometimes being frustrated at or dissatisfied with a situation that seems avoidable doesn't make them automatically whiners or trolls, just human.
That said, given the MAP thing is a fixed point here at MD, perhaps one way around would be custom combinations & packages not avail at BladeHQ or Zon, etc. For me, if there was a dlc blade in either s35vn or s110, I would be down, even if I had to wait or it wasn't the absolutely best deal I could find anywhere or it wasn't my favorite grip color.
I wouldn't wait for dlc in s30v, altho I don't mind the combination, bc in my mind the MAP sitch spoils the value proposition for that quality of blade steel (which is good to very good, even in Spyderco's ht), whatever your feelings on s30v in general or Spyderco's s30v in particular. sorry for the ramble
The base model knife is available for $112 on Amazon with Prime shipping. How is it that a mass buy by Massdrop has a WORSE deal than normal Amazon?
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And without the case, price reduced to $127. Not bad!
Trilobites
No, $142 is already without the case for S110V. With case, it's $157.
Had a chance to handle one (live and in person) at a knife store (the way people used to buy knives) and I can tell you I was not particularly impressed (felt the same way about the other Paras too). Definitely not a fan of the Compression Lock mechanism on the 3--works fine, just awkward to use. Getting a little bored with G10 too (works okay too, just have too many dressed that way). Still, if this is your kinda knife, MD's price is pretty good.
Frankly, I don't really give a rats-ass what the steel is either (if it was good enough for Spyderco, I can deal with it). Don't go out of my way to keep the knives I have especially sharp (don't shave my arms much, don't slice a lot of paper). I do use a Spyderco Sharp Maker when I need too, just not in an OCD sort of way. Don't care how many positions the clip can be moved to (don't have a big preference for carrying tip up or down).
Over all I just don't think paying a lot more gets you a lot more--and I'm speaking here about Spyderco for the most part, but I'm not enamored of "car-payment" priced knives from any manufacturer. Truth is, I have more knives than I actually need, and regardless of what they're made of, or how much I paid for them, they'll all be around long after I'm gone.
Getting back to the knife store, after handling all of the Paras, I eventually settled on much less expensive Spyderco "Resilience"--part of Spyderco's Chinese-made line. The Resilience is a longer version of the Tenacious--a knife I carry regularly (I have the plain-edge and half serrated versions). At just under 9 3/4" over all, the Resilience is a bit too large for my EDC needs, but it's comparable to the larger Military's, when a larger/longer size is needed--and, as I said, it's much less expensive.
I won't use it to cut down trees and build a cabin in the woods, and I doubt I'll ever have to kill and skin a bunch of damn Grizzly bears with it either. May have to open a box or two from Amazon, or a bag of Doritos from time to time, but I'm pretty sure any of my cheap Chinese steel knives won't fail me even when the going gets really tough--like opening multiple Christmas cards-- in rapid succession. The chances of the blade overheating and melting before I get to the last ribbon on the last xmas present are pretty remote too.
That's the Resilience, by the way--at the bottom...
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RayF
I agree with RayF. These knives are just ridiculously priced. Why should the para 3 cost the same as the paramilitary 2? It's smaller, uses less materials = it should be priced accordingly, at 80 or 90 dollars. Even then, markup is insane. s30v, s35v, s110v knives don't justify spending 100+ dollars on compared to steels like 440c, sandvik, etc. The steel doesn't cost them what they justify charging, and let's be honest, it's all automated machining, 99 percent of the way. I really did love my paramilitary 2, but sold it years ago for a cheaper kershaw that I abuse just as hard, and does just as well, and it keeps sharp longer than needed, because I constantly am touching up my knives sharpness on the whetstone.
Uzuzu
And I agree with Uzuzu agreeing with me!
This is a good way to get the hard-to-get blue G-10 scales and the S110V blade steel -- my favorite Para 3 combination.
A variant in M4 and natural g-10 gets released on Tuesday for not much more than this. I think I'll wait.
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Bladehq
IanEDC
Thanks
My EDC knife is a Delica that a friend gave me in VG-10. I am not familiar with the advantages of the various common blade materials. How does this compare to the other popular or high-end metals that Spyderco uses in their knives?
inventbot
I joined this for the s110v but s30v is a bit of an upgrade to vg10. Both will be harder to sharpen but hold an edge better than your delica, especially the s110. I suspect you would be more than happy with the s30 though
inventbot
VG-10 is a good stainless steel. thats why it’s used in so many kitchen knives. It isn’t the greatest at holding an edge but it sharpens easily. I like it, have no complaints at all with it.
Sooo funny watching you Spyderco fanatics overpay for an inferior product. This is a crappy knife with a big price tag...
Until you idiots wake up to the Chinese connection (Kizer, WE, Reate) I'll laugh 'till I die!
Keep buying these crappy knives because Nick Shabaz tell's you to... you're cheating yourselves!
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Jim74
I agree with you on the 'big price tag' part ... 130 dollars is ridiculous for this particular knife. Pricing it in the 89-dollar range would be more realistic for such a tiny knife, IMO anyhow. Not sure about comparing it to We, Reate, etc. when it comes to pricing though . Even Kizer, who started off as a lower-priced alternative to knives made with the same hi-end materials. I don't care where the product is made (US, China, Japan, etc), all of those mfgs are charging ridiculously high prices now. Most new Ti framelock offerings from We and Reate are in the 300-400-dollar mark. That's crazy. Most of the reason low-price, low-quality Chinese clones continue to flood the market is due to mfgs grossly overpricing their products, making them unattainable to a lot of people. Again, IMO :-)
Jim74
Hahahahaha! Wow! No one could ever say that the para 3 is a “crappy knife”. That’s just stupid. I agree that fan boys need to back off and that the Chinese make wonderful things nowadays but come on! The compression lock is wonderful.
Does this come in a left hand version?
Master-Chief
No, but the Compression lock almost works better for left handed folks than for a righty.
My s110v Blurple was delivered yesterday, a full week ahead of schedule. The knife is a great EDC size and the blade is wicked sharp with a slightly tooth edge that zips through cardboard. The blade is very slightly mis-centered and the knife is a bit stiff. A little disappointing but not enough for me to return it. Hopefully it smooths out and I can get it more centered with some adjustment.
Dj1001
Mine is very badly off center. I am going to attempt to center it through adjustment. If I can't get it close I am not sure I can keep it as is for ~$140 knife. Not acceptable at that price.
This only looks like a good deal if you forgo the case and upgrade to s110v
I was going for the S110V but haven't heard much about it...any opinions?
scwy
It's an extremely wear resistant steel, meaning the knife edge will last for a long time, and it will be VERY hard to sharpen without diamond stones
What happened to "This drop is limited to 38 units"?!? I so want this knife, the Para 3 Burple. I just can't justify it after having more than 20 knives. I don't have a Para 3, but I do have one PM2 in the limited OD/Black Blade version that came out this year. This is the best price we'll ever see for a brand new Para 3. Amazon may offer cheaper ones but I wouldn't buy Spydies there, after returning a Burple PM2 that was sold as new but had been obviously used; the box was trashed and the action was super stiff.
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Amazon has this knife at $121 with S30V and black G10 scales, can have it in two days with prime delivery
ItsDarts
I wouldn't buy a Spydie at Amazon. They sel cheaper because those are knives returned by customers. I bought a PM2 Blurple that came stiff, not sharp, missing papers and the box was trashed. I bought it as new for $150, which is $15 cheaper than the lowest price. Returned it. Never more. If I'm paying that much money, saving $15 is not worth it. But here it is legit, you'll just have to wait longer.
To me this is a pretty dumb drop. Exact same price as any other dealer, same materials. Nothing unique about this drop
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I hate to always be the grammar nazi, so I'm just going to be the math nazi here: You're forgtting the 97 cents. Just my two cents...
Leleo
Ah ha! That’s your three cents! 😅 I didn’t look at shipping costs, taxes in different states, or calculate international customs anything either XD But to be fair, I started it with all the maths and particulars 😔
no lefty ?
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zevidg
Up, down, left, right; this knife can do it all. Ive got the para2
zevidg
I am not a lefty, but I use the spyderco compression lock left handed all the time with no issues.
Spyderco S30V sucks. I have been accused of being a fanboy (I own twice as many Spydies as all other knive brands combined) and I still say this. The S30V that my Osborne 940 is made with is great so I know it can be done, but I have 5 Spyderco S30V blades (including the PM2) and they just don’t perform anywhere even close to others in XHP, S110V, or HAP40. Yes I know those are all premium steel compared to S30V, my point is they are worth the extra money IMO. The only other Spyderco steel I really don’t like is BD1, will never give it and S30V a chance.
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Wow, talk about missing the point. You must be obtuse to the point of opacity. The point is, you are whining about either a QC issue or the difference between weather 99 or 100 Angels can fit on the head of a pin. Neither of which is Germain to the day to day requirements of steel. While Super Steel is a convenience, it is hardly a necessity. To put it in terms you can comprehend, since you wanted to go there: You WANT it, but you don't NEED it. You might want to consult a dictionary for clarity.
rob-okray
Oh I got your point, but it was juvenile at such a level that I chose to respond to the literal remarks of your plebeian comment instead.
Super steels have their place, I love not having to sharpen knives EDC knives all the time, that said my primary knife when I am hiking/camping will almost always be in plain old 1095 carbon steel (TOPS or ESEE) as I can easily touch it up in the field if nick or roll the edge. I also EDC a Rexford RUT as I don’t like wasting expensive steel breaking down boxes. I have an Al Mar in AUS8 that I carry often as well, awesome knife regardless of the steel.
If S30v makes you happy then buy all means buy it and love it, you are entitled to, but don’t get all but hurt and snipe at others who don’t agree with you.
Is it limited to 30 or 38?
Looks like I am not alone in wanting this in S35VN. I have been wanting to get my hands on something with the compression lock for a while, but I can't make myself get something in S30V steel.
Soundtoxin
S35vn steel with earth brown G10 scales on the Para 3 is set to be released this year. I'm headed to Blade here in Georgia so I will see what kind of info I can squeeze out of Glesser & company at Spyderco, lol.
My Para 3 arrived with the tip slightly rolled. I can visually see it and catch my finger nail on it from one side. :/
krunkosaurus
Here are pictures: https://imgur.com/a/DkXaQ
Could we get an MD Exclusive or sprint run color combo? I think a black DLC coated blade with black hardware and white G-10 scales would look amazing. Also ,since Spyderco does sprint runs in different steels, S35VN would be nice.
Still hoping for different versions, preferably with a better steel, here at Massdrop. Would love to get a Para 3 with S35VN or the all black one. Just bought the CPM Cru-Wear sprint run and it's a gem.
Had put the Para 3 on suggestion but had expected something better than the same price as Knife Center. As Pat Puma mentioned the deletion of the bag offset by the sales tax is a MD savings of $7.80 . Underwhelmed.
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I didn't mean to offend you or belittle anyone's opinion but this topic has been exhausted in the comments below. I get it, Spyderco uses MAP pricing, lets talk about the product instead of beating this horse.
G_Beetle
Ya I get it. Im of the opinion that massdrop should stop selling and promoting spyderco. MAP Pricing effectively kills the whole idea of massdrop imho. Great knives, totally worth the money, lame that massdrop seems to love them even though no discount. Cheers, have great week!
How lefty-friendly are compression locks?
Omniseed
Very, I can easily one hand open close with my left hand even tho I'm right hand dominant. I actually find it easier to close using my left hand because I can use my thumb to release the lock.
Omniseed
It's easy indeed, no difficulties whatsoever. You should just get used to it with a bit of practice.
I actually ordered the digi camo version before this drop from amazon and the knife's deployment and detent are stupidly smooth and satisfying out of the box. It fits my pocket perfectly and i can't even tell it's there. The clip rides very high though. About 1/6 of the knife sticks out of the pocket when carried. I'll probably buy a deep carry clip down the line. EDIT: just added a dab of Ballistol in the pivot and it's ungodly smooth now...
Finally, a MD Spyderco that cost less than on Amazon.
My Para3 arrived in only 11 days in GA/USA and the price I paid is still the lowest I’ve ever seen for this knife. I’ve made 24 separate buys on MD in the last 2.5 years and this knife has, by far, been the fastest delivered and best deal of anything I’ve bought here, to date. I simply could not be more pleased - and oh, what an exquisitely fine piece of sturdy craftsmanship the Para3 is, which, by the way, is the 9th entry into my Spyderco knife collection (8 folders + 1 hawk). Out of all my choices, the Para3 is the one I EDC most. I love it! 👏🏼🤘🏼
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allemander
Hey, what is & where can we find that oval (acute symmetrical? not really I guess) carabiner in the lower left?
Jerrikko
I guess you meant lower right? It’s an Oakley sunglasses branded carabiner. It matches their ubiquitous oval-O logo. It cost me about $10 and I bought mine at the local Sunglass Hut Outlet store but I’m pretty sure they can be found online, as well. Try Amazon, eBay, Oakley dot com or just Google Oakley carabiner. GL! ;)