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:


    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,


  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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