C223 Para 3

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The C223 Para 3 is a smaller version of the extremely popular Paramilitary 2.

Appearance in catalogs

The C223 Para 3 appeared in the following catalogs:


Designer

Sal Glesser

Eric Glesser

History, mentionings from the forums etc.

Spyderco forum discussion about the Paramilitary3.

Information from the Spyderco catalog on the web

C223 Para 3:

"The Para 3 takes all the proven features and benefits of Spyderco’s best-selling Para Military™2 and distills them into an even more compact all-purpose cutting tool. Its three-inch blade is precision machined from premium CPM® S30V® particle metallurgy stainless steel and features a full-flat grind for a superior balance of strength, point utility, and low-friction cutting performance. It includes a textured index-finger choil and thumb ramp that provide a solid purchase for a forward grip and offer enhanced control during precise cutting tasks. The blade’s signature Trademark Round Hole™ clearly brands it as a member of the Spyderco family and is fully accessible to allow quick, positive, one-handed opening with either hand.

To keep the Para 3 slim and pocket friendly, it features a lightweight, open-backed construction style and its stainless steel liners are nested into machined recesses in the textured G-10 scales. This reduces the handle thickness and provides excellent structural support for the knife’s patented Compression Lock™. Located in the spine of the handle, this high-strength mechanism locks the blade securely open during use, yet allows it to be closed easily and safely with only one hand. A four-position hourglass clip and an oversized lined lanyard hole complete the design, offering ambidextrous tip-up or tip-down carry and allowing the easy attachment of fobs and lanyards.

Ounce for once one of the most capable folding knives ever made, the Para 3 is destined to be a classic."

The C223 Para 3 in Spyderco's online catalog

Variations

The C223 Para 3 is made in Golden, CO and has

  • Compression Lock
  • Nested stainless steel liners
  • Open-backed construction
  • Lanyard hole


SKU Handle Edge(s) Steel From/To MSRP Note Number made Grind Clip Clip positions Collectors club
C223GP Black textured G-10 PE CPM-S30V Dec. 2016- 199.95$ (2016) Regular production Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Main
C223GPS Black textured G-10 PS CPM-S30V Mar. 2017- 199.95$ (2017) Regular production Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPCMO Digi camo G-10 PE CPM-S30V May 2017- 199.95$ (2017) Regular production Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GS Black textured G-10 SE CPM-S30V Not yet released 199.95$ (2017) Regular production Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPBK Black textured G-10 PE Black CPM-S30V Not yet released 219.95$ (2017) Black hardware Regular production Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPDBL Dark blue G-10 PE CPM-S110V Aug. 2017- $244.95 (2017) Regular production Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPCMOBK Digi camo G-10 PE Black CPM-S30V Aug. 2017- 219.95$ (2017) Black hardware Regular production Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPGYCW Gray G-10 PE Cru-Wear Aug. 2017 $209.95 (2017) Sprintrun Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223CF90VP Black peel ply CF PE CPM-S90V Feb. 2018 $319.95 (2018) Sprintrun Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPBL Blue G-10 PE M390 Feb. 2018 $155.95 (street), $207.95 (MSRP) Bento Box Shop dealer exclusive Limited Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPDGY Dark gray G-10 PE Maxamet Mar. 2018- $284.95 (2018) Regular production Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GM4P Jade G-10 PE CPM-M4 June 26, 2018 $144.95 (street), $214.95 (MSRP) Blade HQ dealer Exclusive Limited Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPODFDE Olive drab G-10 PE Flat dark earth PVD coated CTS-204P July 2018 $139.95 (street) River's Edge Cutlery dealer Exclusive. Black hardware. First half of the run went on sale July 6 and sold out the same day. 600 Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GM4PBK Jade G-10 PE Black DLC CPM-M4 July 2018 $154.95 (street), $224.95 (MSRP) Blade HQ dealer Exclusive Limited Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPBORE Burnt orange G-10 PE CPM REX 45 Aug. 2018 $214.95 (2018) Sprintrun Limited Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223CF52100P Black CF PE 52100 Aug. 2018 $309.95 (2018) H.L. Dalis distributor Exclusive Limited Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPBN Earth brown G-10 PE CPM-S35VN Sept. 2018 $229.95 (2017) Moteng distributor exclusive 1200 Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPRDBK Red G-10 PE Black DLC CPM-4V Sept. 20, 2018 $154.95 (street) St. Nick's Knives dealer Exclusive. Black hardware. Sold out in 42 minutes. ~700 Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223CF52100PS Black CF PS 52100 Oct. 2018 $309.95 (2018) H.L. Dalis distributor Exclusive Limited Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPCW Smooth black G-10 PE Cru-Wear Oct. 2018 $136.47 (street), $209.95 (MSRP) Knife Center dealer Exclusive 600 Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPOR Orange G-10 PE Satin CTS-XHP Nov. 16, 2018 @ 10AM MST $129.97 (street), $199.95 (MSRP) Cutlery Shoppe dealer Exclusive. Limit of two per customer (two satin, two DLC, or one of each). They had originally planned for a stonewashed finish on the blade, but ended up with satin. Sold out in about day and a half. Limited Full Flat Chrome Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPORBK Orange G-10 PE Black DLC CTS-XHP Nov. 16, 2018 @ 10AM MST $149.97 (street), $229.95 (MSRP) Cutlery Shoppe dealer Exclusive. Limit of two per customer (two satin, two DLC, or one of each). Sold out in about a day. Limited Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223GPBNBK Earth Brown G-10 PE Black DLC coated CPM-S35VN Apr. 2019 $229.98 (2019) Moteng distributor Exclusive. Black hardware (pivot, screws, lanyard tube), satin liners. Limited Full Flat Black Hourglass LH/RH, TD/TU Variant
C223PBK Black FRN PE CTS-BD1N Apr. 2019- $140.00 (2019) Lightweight version. Regular production Full Flat Chrome deep carry Wire LH/RH, TU
C223SBK Black FRN SE CTS-BD1N Apr. 2019- $140.00 (2019) Lightweight version. Regular production Full Flat Chrome deep carry Wire LH/RH, TU

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Technical information

Measurements (mm and grams) of the C223 Para 3:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C223G 184mm 109mm 75mm 67mm 14mm 3.8mm 96g
C223 FRN 183mm 109mm 74mm 66mm 14mm 3.7mm 68g

Measurements (inches and ounces) of the C223 Para 3:

Variation Length overall Length closed Length blade Length edge Hole Ø Blade thickness Weight
C223G 7.24" 4.29" 2.95" 2.62" 0.55" 0.145" 3.4oz
C223 FRN 7.21" 4.29" 2.92" 2.58" 0.55" 0.145" 2.4oz

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