The Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight is the lower-priced version of Spyderco’s famous Para 3, a highly recommended EDC companion with a decent blade and compact size. This time around, you get its stubby sibling, but don’t let that dishearten you.
First and foremost, this model is just $91, a full $42 cheaper than a standard G-10 model. The knife itself features a different handle scale material and blade steel. The locking mechanism, too, might be different as well.
This trusty EDC features fiberglass reinforced nylon handle scales, and a streamlined version of Spyderco’s Compression Lock mechanism. We’d leave it up to you to figure out what that means — the company isn’t telling. But perhaps it’s safe to assume they’re the same at least in terms of function and strength.
The Spyderco Para 3 Lightweight is nearly 30 percent lighter than its G10 siblings, which obviously lends it a much more different feel. Not worse, not better. Just decent, easily wielded, and requires no special level of dexterity to operate. If you’re used to the mainline Para 3, this will feel a bit clunky. But if it’s your first mini-knife, the size and shape won’t be a big deal, probably.
The thing’s got a CTS BD1N blade with full-flat grind. For the uninitiated, CTS BD1N is a nitrogen-enriched high-carbon chromium steel. It strikes a balance between high hardness, edge retention, and corrosion resistance. Pretty neat extras if you ask us, especially for a blade this short and small.
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