Absolutely faultless. Bound to be an enduring classic
(Mission, BC Canada)
3/15/2015 1:58 AM
Firstly, I want to recognize the top notch service and speed of delivery from Knifeworks. This hard-to-obtain model was in stock and at the cheapest price I could find. I placed the order at 11pm Pacific and it was shipped the next day. Delivery took 2 days.
I like to be able to clean a knife easily and thoroughly. This is more easily achieved with the spider hole than a blade with thumb studs. The open design of the handle will also make cleaning easier. The knife came flawless. No blade play, perfect edge bevelling. Perfectly finished from tip to choil and razor sharp. The tip is SO sharply pointed that you could surgically remove splinters with it. It will prove to be a tip that needs extreme respect and attention during handling! The G-10 handle has canvas texturing which is grippy but easily cleaned. Very slim and easily pocketed. The clip is secure and if slid to the back of my pocket I don't even know it's there.
I like that the choil is jimped and that it contacts my finger before the blade. The blade lock is very positive - stainless on stainless - and although I can't fathom that it would ever fail, if it did the choil would protect my finger which would be pinched rather than cut. I like that I can release the lock and flick the blade while my index finger is in the handle depression to one-hand close it. Again, the choil bumps against the finger safely. The cocked blade can then be fully closed with my thumb on the back of the blade.
I'm convinced that if Spyderco continues to pair this design with premium blade steel, it will prove to be an enduring classic EDC folder made in the USA. Well done Spyderco.
2/23/2015 10:26 PM
The edge it's not straight, no washer on one side, blade has the strong side play. Chinese Spyderco Para-Military 2 fakes that I saw had better quality...
You must know what to expect!
1/15/2015 12:45 AM
I saw a couple reviews writing about how the knife has an very un even factory bevel, that is Spyderco everyone! I have 3 of these and they all came that way, they simply don't care at the factory, this is in no way knifeworks fault. The detent on these knives are very strong out of the box, they take some break in. All three of mine have side to side play as well, one thing to try is to make sure all of the frame screws are tight on both sides of the scales, that seems to help. If this is your first spyderco you are in for a surprise, their quality control is not the most impressive! This is still however an amazing knife, and I highly recommend it! Knifeworks is great about keeping them in stock and has the best prices. IF you don't like the knife I'm sure these kind ladies will let you send it back. I had an issue with one of mine, called them up and they were so nice to me! An absolute pleasure to work with! 5 stars for knifeworks, 4 stars or less for spyderco!
12/31/2014 11:42 AM
Managed to grab this knife in the brief window-period before it inevitably went out of stock. I was excited to see what all the commotion surrounding this knife was about and happy that I managed to find one available. Knifeworks' customer-relations department was exquisite as always, providing more amazing feedback with optimum efficiency. The knife however was a massive let-down. It's times like this I'm sad that I don't live in the U.S. as I would definitely have sent this knife back to Spyderco for adjustment, unfortunately shipping costs would almost equal a new knife all-together so that's out of the question. When it arrived I found several problems with it within minutes. The grind on the blade was shockingly off-center close to the tip, which by design is already fragile and prone to snapping off, so that's not going to last long. When open the blade has no up-and-down wiggle but a noticeable amount of side-to-side play, which is unsettling. The stickiness of the lock is something unreal, I doubt Spyderco even ran my one through quality-check at all. The pivot is as smooth as one would expect, but the compression-lock mechanism places so much pressure on the blade that deployment is almost a two-handed operation. As it's opening the blade sticks and is not fluid in the least bit. Honestly with all the praise this knife was receiving I expected something much better than this. The overall design of the knife is lovely and had these problems not been present I would likely be all-aboard the "Wooh! Para Military 2!" train like everyone else, but as it stands I was let down. It's likely that mine was just a bad one, don't let this deter you from buying the knife, just be prepared to send it back if you get one that's a part of the same batch. Based on the model number I see that mine was made in October of this year, leading me to believe that it was rushed out in time for Christmas. Think I'll get the Manix 2 next time, the lock looks less janky.
9/30/2013 8:03 PM
After owning this knife for some time now I am still quite pleased. It has accompanied me to Africa where it was used mercilessly. I have used it to everything from food prep to detailed carving. You will be hard pressed to find a negative review anywhere on any forum. The tremendous demand for these knives is well deserved, it is a terrific knife that I believe every knife enthusiast should own.