This Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is an amazing pocket knife that is made in the Spyderco factory in Golden, Colorado, USA. The finish is sublime. It opens easily and the famous Compression lock, designed by Spyderco founder Sal Glesser, is solid and easy to use.
The blade on the Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is made from a unique type of steel: MicroMelt Maxamet. An incredibly abrasion resistant type of steel, made by Carpenter in the United States. They originally used this type of steel for the rolls over which the different types of steel were transported through the factory. Spyderco is the first knife manufacturer who succeeded in giving Maxamet a heat treatment making it suitable to be used for pocket knives. And the results are amazing. When it comes to retaining sharpness there are no types of steel that can match Maxamet. Maxamet basically always wins.
So are there only good things to be said about Maxamet? No. To be honest, Maxamet is a specialist type of steel with its own characteristics. Maxamet is definitely not stainless and will form a nice patina rather quickly. Look out for fruit acids: rust is always near. In addition, Maxamet is not very tough and it is rather difficult to sharpen. We noticed that diamond stones are the solution!
Spyderco Paramilitary 2: an ergonomic success story
Spyderco makes knives to be used, not to be looked at. And yet the Paramilitary 2 is a sight for sore eyes. At the same time the ergonomics are no less amazing. Designer Sal Glesser definitely knows what does and doesn’t work. You can immediately see that when you look at this pocket knife.