*If you could Only have (1) PM2/3, which one & why?

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  1. sharp_edge

    sharp_edge Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 30, 2015
    Never tried a Para 3 (I know I should and will) because I think it is too small for me. PM2 is about the right size. I have tried only five different PM2s and it is hard to say which one is the best for me. They are digicam DLC s30v, DLT red M390, DLT tan 20cv, KW cf M4, and orange Rex 45.

    If I can only keep one, it would perhaps be Rex 45.
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  2. beattheheat


    Jan 13, 2018
    My favorite PM2's are the all black S30V and Cru-wear,but if i had to pick one it's the Cru-wear without a doubt!
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  3. blades&wrenches

    blades&wrenches Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    I only have 1, the KW exclusive CF/M4 version. I’ve had quite a few, but its the only one I’ve kept. IMO, it’s the best version they have made thus far, and the perfect PM2 for me. Did I mention it has carbon fiber handles and a CPM-M4 blade?!
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  4. majen


    Dec 6, 2008
    Cutlery shoppe para 3, the orange pops when using outdoors and the steel in stainless and simple to sharpen
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  5. SharpPancake


    Dec 30, 2018
    I have only one PM2, plain jane s30v digi camo with satin blade. Yeah, I would like to have some sprint run, but, S30V is still a good steel, and I am touching it up every day, so I really dont need more fancy steel.

    But, I will be buying Para 3 LWT, just to have a folding knife that sticks less from pocket.
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  6. sgt1372

    sgt1372 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 16, 2018
    I have one of each (the standard G10 S30V models) because I see them as a matched pair; each suitable to different tasks. However, if I were required to choose only 1, I would pick the Para Military 2 because I prefer longer knifes and IMO a longer knife (w/in practical limitations) is generally more versatile than a shorter one.
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  7. ucfgrad93


    Dec 13, 2017
    My only PM2/3 is that one and it is an amazing knife. That would get my vote as well.
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  8. miltmaldo

    miltmaldo Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 5, 2012

    Looks sweet did you force or is a natural patina .
  9. Cypress

    Cypress Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    I noticed some tiny rust spots on the blade about three weeks after I got it, so I forced the patina with with unevenly-dabbed cheap yellow mustard.

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  10. dalefuller

    dalefuller Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Mine would be a digi-cam & satin Para 3... just like the one I carry every day.

    1) It's a regular prod model. If something happens to it, I can replace it with the same model in 15 minutes
    2) I like S30V (esp Spyderco's) because I know how to handle it and what to expect from it
    3) I've always loved the digi-cam patterned G10 that Spyderco uses for its handles
    4) The Para 3 is what I wanted Spyderco to do with the original Para-Military model when they announced a new version. I carried a P1 for years because a 3" blade is perfect for my needs (I know there's a little difference in the P1 and P3 blades. I still have
    a P1 model for comparison) and I love the compression lock. Otherwise, Just trim & shape the Para 1 handle a bit and call it good.
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  11. bdmicarta


    Feb 16, 2012
    PM3 is smaller than what I like so we put that one aside right away.
    I like the PM2, it's my favorite for EDC. I have 4 of them- blurple/S110V, jade/satin M4, jade/DLC M4, CF/satin M4. If I was keeping just one of them it would probably be the CF/M4 but I would actually be happy with any of the 4 of them.
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  12. Cursum Perficio

    Cursum Perficio Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 27, 2012
    Para2. Right size for me, real goldilocks stuff in it's overall size, blade length and weight.

    No, wait, M4.
    Ah, hang on, Elmax.
    Oh, umm, M4...

    ....I'm gonna have to get back to you on that.

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  13. PanChango


    Jun 10, 2012
    I have one of each right now, both in 52100. The P2 was my favorite until I added a deep carry clip to the little one. It hasn't left my pocket since.
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  14. BenchMEDAL


    Mar 17, 2018
    PARA 3 CRUWEAR with “smooth” G10 scales & Lynch’s short deep carry sandblasted titanium clip. My pant pockets thank me.

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  15. jpm2


    Nov 19, 2014
    Easy one for me, para3 Rex 45.
  16. perchjerk


    May 27, 2009
    Pm2 in cruwear! Because...cruwear!
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  17. sliceofaloha

    sliceofaloha Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 4, 2018
    Going slightly off the ranch: PM2 or military in cruwear or elmax with translucent dark purple or dark green G-10 a la the PM2 blurple. Not the para 3 too small.
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  18. 4jlcc

    4jlcc Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 6, 2012
    PM2 in Cruwear with the gray scales. I love the looks of the knife and the way Cruwear sharpens so it is the perfect combination to me.
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  19. Dodgie02


    Jul 8, 2017
    Well before I had my Rex 45 pm2, I would have said the first cruwear sprint one. My favorite steel, the looks of grey and satin with that crazy sharp mirror edge Tis a thing of beauty. And right out of the factory I had perfect action. The best of any pm2 I've ever handled. Better then or at least equal to my well maintained and polished washers which all are free drop shutty with zero play. Crazy good knife
    Second would have been the red dlt m390 one. Its red, its m390 its mine and I love it but not as much as I love cruwear.
    I've also been using rex 45 a lot recently and Holy hell.. I'm not sure whether it will replace cruwear as my overal favorite bladsteel but so far it's truly surpassed any expectations I had from it . By a long shot.
    For the sentimental reasons as well I'd still pick cruwear, but in a few months I might have to change that. It gives such a great patina just by using it too. That blade has character.. I'm not convinced by the orange scales but it is also something iconic to rex so I'm gonna keep it as is though.
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  20. xtremejc

    xtremejc Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 18, 2008
    For me PM2 with Cruwear blade, even better if you gave me a DLC coated blade.
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