My Paramilitary 2 is a Pocket Sized Light Saber, by Z.M.

Pocket Sized Light Saber
Pocket Sized Light Saber, My Spyderco Paramilitary 2

I don’t have an excessive amount of knives, maybe 20-30 in all. Out of the collection, there are about 5-10 that I would say are “in rotation.” I put sarcastic quotation marks there, because one knife has not left my pocket for about a year. I will carry the Spyderco Paramilitary 2, and a SOG Twitch II. I might slip a Benchmade 915 Triage in my pocket before I walk out the door and realize that the Triage is in my back pocket and the Para 2 is in the front pocket. The same happens with most of my blades. I can’t seem to find a knife that is more suited for my EDC (Every Day Carry) than the Paramilitary 2.
I even tried not to buy The Para 2. I have seen a lot of reviews of the Para 2 on YouTube, and I mean a lot. Nutnfancy, cutlerylover, TheApostleP, the list goes on, and they gave the Paramilitary 2 high marks and recommended buying one. But I kept saying to myself, “Self the Paramilitary 2 has been around for years, there has got to be something better, Right?.” Than one sunny Tennessee Saturday I had the opportunity to fondle a Paramilitary, not the Para 2 but the first one. If I had the cash in hand I would be writing about the original Paramilitary. It is that awesome before the refinements of the Para 2, and it was a combo blade (partly serrated) which I am not a big fan of personally in the EDC role. I ordered one as soon as I had the enough cash in the Zack fund (where I save for buying sharp and pointy things).
When I opened the simple but iconic Black, Red, Silver, and Gold Spyderco box and removed the new addition to my knife collection and noticed something I had missed when I first handled the Para 1. It wasn’t the Cheshire cat smile that had taken control of my face. The Knife felt great in any hand position, but it was more than comfort. The balance is so spot on that knife feels like it is part of your hand. Not like Freddy Krueger or Wolverine, but like using the right tool for the job. The G-10 (Camo on my Para 2) is grippy but not so rough that is sands your pocket apart after a month. The Para 2 is my first compression lock and almost instantly became my favorite locking mechanism. It is everything I like about a liner/frame lock married to everything I like about the Benchmade Axis Lock.
The blade shape seems to be right for just about anything. The full flat grind slices through normal day to day tasks like a pocket sized light saber deconstruction object on a molecular level. That is to say the CMP S30V blade came sharp out of the box and into the phonebook paper that had suddenly created something that looked like the start of a paper mache project. The fine tip had me a little concerned about snapping it off, but I avoid using it like a screwdriver or pry bar and stick with the using it as a knife and it has held up great. I think it would make a capable self-defiance blade fast in hand great penetration and cutting.
The Paramilitary 2 may not be the perfect knife for every person or even every task, but it is so close to perfect for me that I can’t seem to get it out of the EDC rotation.

My Spyderco Dragonfly 2 Knife, by J.D.

Spyderco Dragonfly 2
Spyderco Dragonfly 2

I’m not much of a writer, but I have so much love for the amazing Spyderco Dragonfly 2. I thought I’d give this a go. Well, I’m kind of new to knives and such. Just started my collection right after last Christmas, and instantly got addicted. I mostly bought budget folders, my price range was 0-25 dollars. I thought paying more was crazy, until I saw a review on the dragonfly2. I ordered one before the review video ended, I was so impressed. I waited a few days, eagerly. It finally came, I grabbed the package and rushed in my house. This was my first REAL folder, my first Spyderco as well. Seeing that Spyderco box lit my eyes up. I opened it up and saw those bright orange FRN scales with a sweet VG10 blade. Just went crazy with it, I flipped it open for hours that day. It’s been the greatest tool i’ve ever owned. I’ve never handled any blade steel better than 8Cr13MoV or AUS8, VG10 is incredible so far. I don’t have to worry about any rusting, because of it’s amazing corrosion resistance. I haven’t sharpened it yet, and it’s still going strong. I’m actually thinking about getting an expensive sharpener for this blade, I’m currently just using a water stone. I feel like this blade deserves better. I’ve done so much with this little blade, opening simple mail to food prep. I’ve even done some yard work with it, nothing too heavy though. The lightness on this blade constantly has me patting my pockets to make sure it’s on me. Once you put it in your pockets, it feels lighter than your wallet. It doesn’t weigh you down at all, perfect for people who don’t wear heavy duty pants and such. If you work in an office, this blade is meant for you. The blade shape is people friendly, the lightness is perfect for slacks, great for opening letters/cutting cardboard, looks sleek and it’ll get you some compliments, guaranteed. The orange FRN handle scales has an amazing grip with the combination of the jimping on the finger choils, I can’t even imagine how great the ergonomics would be with G10 scales. I’ve dropped this blade plenty of times, without those orange FRN handles I’d be still looking for it. It’s has a very tight and useable wire pocket clip. Once you clip it on a pocket, it’s not going anywhere. The wire clip also compliments the appearance very well. I’ve gotten so many compliments from random strangers whenever I take it out of my pocket, to do simple tasks. It created some friendships, and gave me a reason to actually speak to people. I’m kind of a shy guy, having a reason to talk to people really helps with that. Many people use it as their backup blade, I just carry it as my main blade. It fulfills all the needs I can ask for from a blade. It’s just an overall great tool and I’m planning on buying more in the near future.

Passion for Blades, by T.M.

Passion for Knives
Passion for Knives

Hey guys. Just wanted to give you guys a quick story on what knives in general mean to me, and what these knives in particular have done for me. I’m a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as an infantryman. The knives I brought with me where the Spyderco Tenacious combi edge as a multi use tool, and the CRKT Hissatsu as my back up “tatical” fixed blade. The Tenacious was my go to knife for everything from cutting open MRE’s,cutting zip cuffs,cutting 550 cord and also for important things like cutting seat belts of humvee drivers and cutting ACU’s to get to wounds of injured soldiers. Though I never had to use my fix blade thankfully, I know the knife would’ve performed if need be. I still carry the Tenacious to this day and the knife just wont let me down for anything I can reasonably use it for…..I have one other knife that EDC in my civilian life for self-defense purposes. Its Cold Steel’s Talwar XL. Though I’ve never had to use it either, it has actually stopped fights from happening just from the people getting a look at the beast lol. So that’s even better than having to actually use it to defend yourself in my book…That’s just a few reasons why I have a passion for blades and never leave home without one. Take care guys and gals

Spyderco Limited Run Stretch Knife, Nishijin Glass Fiber Handle Scales — Quick Review

Spyderco Nishijin Stretch
Spyderco Nishijin Stretch Knife with Blue Glass Fiber Handle Scales

If you haven’t seen the Limited Run Spyderco Stretch knife featuring Nishijin Glass Fiber handle scales yet, it definitely warrants a look see. Two variations of this amazing folder exist. There is one with black Nishijin glass handle scales and one with blue Nishijin glass handle scales.  Both are limited run knives of 600 pieces.

The handle scales on these knives was inspired by the intricate Nishijin weaving process that started over 1200 years ago in Japan.  Nishijin is a district in Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan.  There, so many years ago, a special weaving process began that  used many different colored yarns and wove them together into decorative designs.  A very tedious procedure, the practice yielded some spectacularly beautiful designs.  The glass fiber handle scales on these knives are an homage to this famous process from Nishijin.

The actual process of glass fiber manufacturing is part chemical and part mechanical.  Various strands of glass and carbon are drawn into fibers, then heated to expel most of the non-carbon atoms in a process referred to as carbonization.  This results in filament like fibers of woven glass and carbon that are then used to create laminated sheets.  These sheets are incredibly lightweight and yield some amazing patterns.  They are also very wear resistant.  The specialized Nishijin process is a relatively new weave that makes some circular as well as swirled patterns instead of the classic horizontal and vertical patterns that have been the norm in glass fiber manufacturing for so long. These special limited run Stretch knives use this special Nishijin glass fiber for the handle scales giving them durability as well a stunning appearance.

The Spyderco Stretch started way back in the 80’s as a small Hunter model.  Over time, it “stretched” into a drop point folder with all the hallmarks of a classic Spyderco knife.  The blade on these limited run knives are manufactured from Damascus steel.  They feature the same modified drop point and fully flat grind with an arcing belly that you expect from a Spyderco Stretch.  A small Spyder logo sits right beside the Spyder Hole.  The blade opens smooth using the Spyder Hole and locks into the open position with a powerful spine lock.  The pocket clip is four position.

This is the kind of collector’s piece that every Spyderco fan will want in their collection. Check out both the Spyderco Nishijin Stretch knives on our website here.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  •  Handle: Blue or Black Nishijin Glass Fiber
  • Overall Length: 7 15/16″
  •  Blade Length: 3 1/2″
  •  Blade Material: Seki City Damascus VG10
  •  Closed: 4 7/16″
  •  Cutting Edge: 3 3/16″
  • Hole Diameter: 9/16″
  • Blade Thickness: 1/8″
  •  Opener Type: Thumb
  •  Edge Style: Plain