The spyderco para 3 was gifted to me by one of my best friends, Rob W. Thank you Rob!
This pocket knife is well built, opens smooth with one hand, closes easily and safely with one hand, and is solid overall. I cut open boxes with ease, and cut up boxes with ease. Because I manage a busy dine in full serve movie theater restaurant, I always have use for a sharp knife to open boxes and parcels, and everything else a restaurant manager would need a knife for in the kitchen.
Cleaning and sanitizing the knife is easy.
The spyderco para 3 has a three inch blade, a compression lock and g10 handles. Ergonomics is something that spyderco totally understands, so this knife fits well in my hand. If you want all the stats, you can find those online with a simple search.
What I want to share with you is my opinion and experience with his knife the knife tip is tip up and right hand carry. The spyderco pocket clip that it comes with works well and is designed well. He pocket clip holds the knife securely in my pants and there is about one inch of the handle that shows above the pocket.
The first couple of days I carried it, I considered changing the clip to a deep carry clip or reversing it to tip down so that the knife rests deeper in my pocket. Here's one for ya though. I use this knife as a tool to cut open boxes, open envelopes, etc. I have no reason to conceal it. Now if I really wanted it out of sight, I can just put it in my pocket without using the clip. Bada bing.
Many years ago, I read something that said, "every animal has a claw, so should I", and having this para 3 is better than a cheap box cutter that has blades that break and get dull quickly.
The clip is silver in color so it doesn't blend into my dark colored work pants like I would prefer, but the clip was designed by the professional team at spyderco and surely the form serves a function. At this time, I will continue to use the stock pocket clip.
I have another spyderco endura with serrated blade that is much larger. I used it for years as my box opening knife and preferred a serrated blade for sawing the boxes. The para 3 is not serrated and cuts through boxes like butter.
I've not had to sharpen the para 3 yet, but when I do, I plan on using the top of my car window glad to hone the blade back into a sharp form again.
That's all I have to report for now.
Highly suggested for a restaurant manager or kitchen manager. The spyderco para 3 is a great knife, high quality, and serves me well.