Spyderco Paramilitary D2 Foliage Green

Reviewed by corwin99 on November 21st, 2008

I haven’t picked up a new Spyderco in a while, but every time I walk into the local knife shop, I see all their Spydercos displayed, and after a while I just can’t help myself. This time it was a Foliage Green Paramilitary that caught my eye, in the limited edition CPM D2 steel configuration. This is a very cool version of the Paramilitary!

One of my biggest complaints about the Spyderco Military besides the size, has always been the liner-less G-10 handles. It does make the knife very light and thin, but to me it compromises overall sturdiness. It doesn’t give me that security that I expect from a hard user. Additionally the plastic rubbing sound that I hear and feel when opening up a full-sized Military is a turn off. When I first saw the Paramilitary, I was in love. All the style of a Millie, in a smaller package and the ultra-strong compression lock.

This version of the Paramillie is even better, offering the super tough D2 semi-stainless steel and a cool foliage green G-10 handle, this bad boy is sure to hit the spot. It is offered in a limited edition run of 1200 peices I think, if memory serves (sometimes, it doesn’t!).

The full flat grind on the blade gives it a really nice thin edge, great for slicing, and gives it a very nice clean look. And as with all Spydies, the Paramilitary pops hair out of the box. Pocket clip is not reversable on this one, it is attached for right-hand tip-down carry only. It can, of course, be removed.

Lanyard hole is reinforced, and this model is torx-screw contruction. The blade bears Sal Glesser’s signature, and this particular model is made in their Golden, Colorado production facility.

Any paramilitary is a great knife, but this model in the superior D2 Steel with the unique G-10 scales is definately a step above, and gives you a bit more character than a standard issue Paramillie. Definately a great choice for any fan of Spyderco.

Overall Length: 7 7/8″
Blade Length: 3 3/32″
Blade Steel: CPM D2
Weight: 3.75 oz.
Handle Material: G-10

2 Responses to “Spyderco Paramilitary D2 Foliage Green”

  1. Jeru Says:

    Sir,

    I’m not owning any knife and orientating on getting one (doubting between a Military and a Paramilitary). I have a lot of questions, but because I don’t want to bug you too much I’ll ask you just two:
    – What is so “superior” and “above” about D2?
    – And if it’s so “superior” and “above”, why is it 30 USD cheaper than the S30V ones on the official spyderco.com website?

    Thank you and kind regards,

    Jeru

  2. corwin99 Says:

    D2 is not really superior to S30V, but it is a tougher steel than S30V which will chip more easily. Did not realize the D2 version was $30 cheaper. I would rather have the D2 over the S30V. S30V is a finer grained steel. Click on the knife encyclopedia link at the top to read more about the steels.

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