Since its release in 2010, the Paramilitary 2
has earned legions of followers worldwide and earned an iconic status
in the Spyderco product line. Hands down one of Spyderco's best-selling
models, it has also been the canvas for dozens of special variations,
including limited edition Sprint Run and Exclusive expressions of the
design featuring a broad spectrum of blade steels, handle materials,
coatings and even different blade shapes.
enjoy all the unique combinations of materials featured in Spyderco's
Sprint Runs, one pairing that has been exceptionally well received is
the fusion of a CPM CRU-WEAR blade with canvas Micarta handle scales.
First introduced on the Shaman Sprint Run featured in Reveal 3 during
late 2019, this distinctive combination was soon dubbed "Cru-Carta" by
the Spyderco community. It was an instant sensation and the Shaman
Sprint Run not only sold out in record time, but also inspired a strong
demand for other models to receive the same treatment.
that demand, Spyderco decided to not only apply the "Cru-Carta" theme to
the venerable Paramilitary 2, but also make it a part of their regular
product line instead of a limited production Sprint Run. First announced
in Reveal 7 early this year, this stunning knife is now a reality.
elite version of the Paramilitary 2 showcases a blade crafted from
Crucible Industries' CPM CRU-WEAR. An air-hardening tool steel, CRU-WEAR
was designed as an upgrade to D2. Its alloy composition features less
carbon and chromium than D2, but more vanadium and tungsten. This finely
tuned balancing of elements promotes the formation of more vanadium
carbides in CRU-WEAR, giving it enhanced wear resistance. At the same
time, its lower carbon content reduces its overall carbide volume,
making it tougher than D2. Despite the reduced carbon content, CRU-WEAR
also has a higher attainable hardness than D2 (up to HRC 65), thanks to
the secondary hardening response created by the tungsten and molybdenum
in its alloy mix. CRU-WEAR also tempers at a higher temperature range
than D2 (900-1050°F versus 400-600°F), so it is more compatible with
nitriding, PVD coating, and similar surface treatments. It readily
retains its hardness after these processes, making it a more suitable
substrate than D2.
Although CRU-WEAR was initially produced as a
traditional ingot steel, in its current form, it is a CPM (Crucible
Particle Metallurgy) steel. In this process, the perfectly blended
molten steel is poured through a small nozzle where high-pressure gas
transforms the stream into a spray of small spherical droplets. These
droplets rapidly cool and solidify into particles, "freezing" their
alloy mix in perfect form and preventing the segregation—or
separation—of elements that often happens in ingot steels. This fine
powder is then collected in steel containers that are sealed and hot
isostatically pressed (HIP) at extremely high temperature and pressure.
The HIP process bonds the particles into a solid steel, which is then
processed in a mill to enhance its toughness and yield the desired
finished thickness. Thanks to this process, CPM CRU-WEAR takes full
advantage of its sophisticated alloy composition and offers an extremely
fine, homogenous microstructure.
Capitalizing on CPM CRU-WEAR's
exceptional qualities, the PlainEdge blade of the "Cru-Carta"
Paramilitary 2 is full-flat ground and beautifully satin finished for
exceptional edge geometry and low-friction cutting performance. It also
includes a fully accessible Trademark Round Hole for swift,
ambidextrous, one-handed opening.
The other defining feature of
this elite knife is its handle, which features brown canvas Micarta
scales supported by full skeletonized stainless steel liners. Like other
Paramilitary 2s, this knife’s liners form the foundation of its
high-strength Compression Lock mechanism and anchor its fully
configurable four-position pocket clip, but they are not nested into the
scales. Instead, they support the full surface area of the slim Micarta
scales on both sides of the handle. The two halves of the handle are
joined by stainless steel standoffs to create a lightweight, easily
cleaned, open-backed construction. In keeping with the tradition of this
design, this knife also includes a generously sized lined lanyard hole
for easy attachment of fobs and lanyards.
Both tool steel and
Micarta are distinctive "old-school" materials that naturally patina—or
change color—with age, handling, and use. Over time, this venerable
process will give the knife great character that reflects the rich
tradition behind its design. Seasoned knife enthusiasts know this, but
if you’re new to these materials, please give them a bit of extra care
and attention to prevent corrosion.
The CPM CRU-WEAR/Micarta
Paramilitary 2 has been one of the most anticipated knives Spyderco has
produced in some time. They are working hard to increase the production
capacity of their US factory to get as many of these out into the market
as possible, but satisfying the demand will take some time. Trust us,
though, as it is well worth the wait.
- Blade Length: 3.47" (88 mm)
- Closed Length: 4.82" (122 mm)
- Overall Length: 8.29" (211 mm)
- Cutting Edge: 3.05" (77 mm)
- Blade Thickness: 0.145" (3.7 mm)
- Blade Material: CPM-CruWear Tool Steel
- Blade Style: Clip Point
- Blade Grind: Full-Flat
- Blade Finish: Satin
- Blade Edge: Plain
- Handle Material: Canvas Micarta
- Handle Color: Brown
- Locking Mechanism: Compression Lock
- Pocket Clip: Stainless Steel (Tip-Up/Down, Right/Left Carry)
- Model Number: C81MPCW2
- Model Name: Paramilitary 2 CruWear
- Weight: 3.99 oz. (150 g)
- Made in the USA