Paramilitary 2 Micarta CruWear

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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.

Although enthusiasts 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.

To meet 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.
This 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.


  • 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 Stainless 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: Golden, Colorado, USA