The mail lady brought my new red box today from GP Knives. I've been waiting on this one since Eric showed it in Jan/Feb. I know some people seem to think it is "weird" or at least "very different" but personally I like knives that are different. How many drop points or flat ground leaf shapes can you get excited about...? On the other hand, I don't really like "funky looking knives" that seem to be all about looks and no real utility. I want a knife I can carry and use but which is different that what most people are carrying. I opened the Spyderco box, took the knife out of the plastic, opened it up, lubed the pivot point and wiped a bit of Rem oil on the blade. Then I opened and closed it 20-30 times. The very first impression I had of it was that it was lighter than I expected considering the blade length and OAL. And I suppose I was expecting that deep blade to really add weight. But there are no liners and the G-10 is slim... the knife is quite light. So light I had to pull out my scale. I'm a big Manix guy and I have a lot of them... I used to mostly carry the Lightweight until I got the Red Manix... which I love... but it has some weight to it. And the knife I own that seems the most "like" the Parata is the Kizer Sheepdog with titanium and S35VN steel. So those are the knives to which I compared the Parata. The beast of the four... no surprise... was the Kizer Sheepdog. I love that cleaver blade and the solid way it flips open and locks... but it is heavy. Kizer Sheepdog 6.1 ounces. Red Manix 4.2 ounces. Ltw Manix 2.9 ounces. Parata 2.9 ounces. Told you it felt light! The action of the Parata is ... different. Curved blade, curved G-10. The blade pivot point is higher above my hand than normal and also curves inward. So the leverage is nowhere near as good as something like the Manix. Opening it with the hole is no problem although it does take more effort to fully open and lock. I was able to middle finger Spydie flick it a few times... but this just isn't that kind of knife. Open it with the hole. If you can work out how to hold the lock up with your thumb and middle finger while pushing above the lock with your index finger, you can release the lock enough to swing the blade up and closed. But the lock has a lot of tension on it and I just don't think most people are going to get a reliable open that way. This knife wants you to use the hole. Now closing with one hand is possible. I was watching TV and opening and closing over and over. I was holding it upright, blade tip straight up. Pulling the lock upward with my thumb and middle finger while pushing above that with my index finger. Blade disengages and falls closed, fingers well out of the way. It works... but honestly I bet in daily use I close it with two hands. Otherwise you have to take the time to get your one hand fingers "just so" in order to make it all work. We'll see, maybe it will become automatic. I was concerned that I was getting some back and forth movement on the clip. I tightened both sides and it had no effect. I compared it to the Lightweight Manix which has the same style clip and I think I understand what is happening now. The Ltw Manix has a smooth area where the clip bends down to touch the scales. You can push the clip left and right but it is just a normal bending metal feeling. But on the Parata, the G-10 scales are all textured there. The same normal bending clip motion makes a tick-tick-tick feeling as it moves. Which makes it feel like the clip is loose. But it's not. I'll have to get used to it. I could bend it just a bit so that it isn't so tight down on the G-10. I'll wait a bit and see how it goes. Blade length. This is interesting. That curved blade doesn't look all that long. If we are talking actual sharp edges, the Kizer Sheepdog has more sharp edge than the Manix. But if you put sharp edge to sharp edge and rotate the knives around... the Parata has a significantly longer sharp edge than the Sheepdog! Feel in the hand... very good. Normal full four fingered grip feels solid. And then you can choke up and put your index finger in that big choil, and it feels totally solid and usable like that. The very very point of the finger choil isn't sharpened. I just pushed my finger against it hard and it didn't draw blood. This observation is also big... I think it is super pocket friendly. Kind of like a larger version of my beloved G-10 Harpy. Thin G-10 that curves to the outside of the pocket. I love all my different versions of the Manix but they are tall knives and take up a lot of pocket room. You clip a Manix to your pocket and then use that pocket for you keys, your hand has to push a lot on the side of the Manix. But not the Parata. It feels like a much smaller knife when you are fishing in that pocket for something else. Combined with the light weight... this is an EDC knife for sure. I took some photos... I'll send this up and then add them in the next post.