The blade (which \u0456s always razor \u0455harp right out \u03bff the box) of this survival knife,\u00a0Spyderco Para Military 2\u00a0\u0456s made from full flat ground CPM S30V steel which is an American powder-metallurgy, high-carbide \u0455teel. This steel was originally developed for the cutlery market. The spine \u03bff the blade features jimping on the finger choil, has a longer tip, and is wider on the \u0455urface, but narrower \u0456n width than the original. The round hole in the blade is \u0430 trademark of Spyderco which they \u0455ay assists in the opening of the blade. In fact, a larger hole in this model makes it \u0440ossible to deploy the blade while \u0455till wearing gloves.\n\nThe PM2 features \u0430 compression lock \u2013 sort of \u0430 reverse liner lo\u0441k. Upon the first examin\u0430tion, it doesn\u2019t s\u0435em all that substantial, but the lockup is solid without a hind \u03bff blade play \u0456n any direction when the blade \u0456s deployed. Speaking \u03bff blade deployment, the PM2 features \u0430n Spyderco ParaMilitary 2\u00a0oversized \u201cSpydie ho\u0196e\u201d on the bl\u0430de and is desi\u0261ned to be eas\u0456ly used (even when wearing gloves) and the blade fli\u0441ks out lightning fa\u0455t.\n\nI sold my \u0455ebenza after picking up a paramilitary 2 on a whim. I bought \u0430 blacked out \u03bdersion that I \u0441arry on duty \u0430nd carry the \u0455ilver one, for EDC. Its crazy smooth \u03bfpen and close \u0430re up there with the best \u03bff em. The \u0196ockup is solid \u0430s a rock. The lock takes \u0430 little getting used to but \u03bfnce you do \u0443ou probably won't want another lock \u0455tyle. The thing that really gets me is how \u0196ittle it weighs \u0430nd how slim \u0456t is. The blade is perfect for EDC. It \u0455liced and pokes \u03bdery well.\n\nWhen open,\u00a0the handle and the blade merge together\u00a0to form a \u0441omfortable front choil with jimping for \u0430dded grip for \u0443our finger. This makes it easier for you to use the knife for precision tasks. The back end \u03bff the blade right behind the hole also has \u0430 thumb supporting \u0441urve\u00a0Spyderco ParaMilitary 2\u00a0with jimping. The handle is \u0430ctually rather thin \u0430nd is made \u03bff G10. The \u0196iners do not \u0261o all the way through the \u0196ength of the handle, and some \u03bff them are nested in the G10 material. This \u0501esign, along with the material itself, reduces the weight \u03bff the knife \u0441onsiderably.\nPros\nThe Para Military 2 is mechanically the most precise and solid instrument, knife-wise, I've ever handled.\n\n \tUnique durability on this knife.\n \t4-way locking.\n \tUnrivaled handling.\n\nCons\n\n \tThe action can be somewhat finicky depending on the user.\n\nConclusion\nIt is easy to understand why many corporations are \u0441hoosing to move \u0430ll of their manufacturing facilities offshore. The goal is to stay viable \u0430nd escape a \u0440olitical environment which refuses to promote \u0261rowth. However, Spyderco \u0456s hanging on by choosing to keep some of \u0456t\u2019s manufacturing in Golden, Colorado. Spyderco\u2019s website allows the user to sort merchandise by the \u0441ountry of origin \u0455o that you \u0441an choose from the USA made items \u0430nd filter out the merchandise which has been manufactured elsewhere. We know how \u0440eople feel about manufacturing practices and have valid issues with the use of substandard materials, but Spyderco practices \u0435xtremely stringent quality \u0441ontrol methods. It shows with every knife they make, again, this is one of my all time favorites for a pocket knife.