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Published on Mar 7, 2012
The Spyderco Para Military2 has achieved pretty much perfection. It incorporates many improvements over its predecessor and this makes the blade excel on all fronts. The PM2 is a smart choice as a light tactical blade, EDC tool, food preparation knife, and even as a personal collectible. The 3.8 oz carry weight is outstanding given its nearly 4 inch (87mm) modified clip blade. Credit the very aggressive milling out of the steel liners (shown). The full flat ground gives clean slicing capabilities, the sharp tip allows precise surgical work when needed. Be careful on that tip though; it will bend or break if abused. Steel is the fine-grained, consistent CPM S30V with its even carbide distribution (discussed in depth on the long review version), excellent rust resistance, ability to take a fine edge, and toughness. At this price point, scoring CPM S30V steel is another win in the Para2. It arrives offensively sharp as all knives should. Speed of deployment with the enlarged 14mm deployment hole is outstanding; lock up is tight and secure. A revised bushing system with phosphor bronze bushing probably contributes to that and allows the blade to center perfectly within the pillar constructed handle. In-handle blade retention and detent balance is superb allowing "shake outs" when needed but ensuring knife doesn't accidentally open on you. Ergonomics have been greatly improved with key mods: less bulbous handle, longer handle, revised finger choils, and perfect jimping both top and bottom. In any grip, the PM2 locks in tight and inspires confidence. Also easier will be the threading of your lanyard thanks to a larger hole. The pocket clip is now positionable to all four corners of the blade and features the standard, strong Spydie hourglass clip (blackened in some versions). Value is excellent at around $110 for such a versatile, lightweight, good looking, fast deploying, and durable performer. Since 2008 I've been requesting Spyderco and other mfrs to incorporate several of these key improvements; now the PM2 makes them a reality and becomes an instant TNP Hall of Fame blade in the process.///////////////////////Nutnfancy Likability Scale: 10 out of 10