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Knife Comparison Paramilitary 2 Vs We 818 Streak

July 27, 2019

29 Comments

  • Reply RT July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I love that Streak!

  • Reply NewCastleNinja July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    This hasn't gotten the raves it deserves. Glad you gave it. I have a PM2, but this Streak really appeals to me more. Love WE's action and can't go wrong w/ that simplistic grip & liner lock operation.

  • Reply Mike Honcho July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I own a WE 703 and a pm2. There both great knives. Simple as that

  • Reply Menace with a knife July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    The para 2 has a Left hand model

  • Reply Ashkan July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Streak by a bit imo. M390 steel is better than S30/35, it carries much slimmer in the pocket, costs the same if you go by blade hq pricing or white mountain(ignoring sprints because they usually cost another $15-$50 on top), has a slightly shorter handle and carries lower and I don't care for the default Spyderco clip. The para has a minor advantage in the lack of bearings, superior lock and a much more practical finger choile, lanyard tube is a negative imo because they get jacked up during disassembly often. I don't really care about US vs not but some people do.

  • Reply Sam Brown July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I like carrying the pm2 mainly just for the fun factor.. fun to mess with and flick open, I mean it’s only in my pocket maybe one day a week because I like to carry other knives to keep it fresh but always nice to pull it out mid day and realize I’ve got a toy in my pocket

  • Reply david h July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    If someone was going to give me one of the knives, I'd choose the WE. For some reason, I just don't like the Spyderco blade shape. I guess when it comes down to brass tacks, I always go with looks and the WE looks nicer to me.

  • Reply BirdLaw 101 July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I prefer having a full finger choil (not a pseudo/half choil) and the compression lock is much preferred over a flipper/liner lock.

  • Reply macmurfy2jka July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Neither? Blades aren’t quite long enough for me. Currently running the Military for its length.

  • Reply ItzWolffz July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I’d have to go with the PM2, for one it’s what I have experience with. Also the options available both on current and after markets are expansive, I’ve always been more drawn to military/utility designs in equipment they scream just use me which is why I’ve got very few attractive knives (that and prices lol). The PM2 is one of the least ugly US Made Spydercos. Just me though.

    Also, my PM2 came immaculate so that also helps in bias lol

  • Reply 3174 jordan July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    para 2 all the way I dont think these are even close spyderco all the way but nice knife

  • Reply TIM TIM July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    No jimping to speak of too…..on the streak….ill stick with the real steal meg. over the we streak……nothing I ever touched beat the real steal Megal. for the money….even the para cant beat it….and Im a para fan boy

  • Reply TIM TIM July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Of course you know the para 2 comes in many steels…..that can hang with that m-390……if you would have compared a para 2 with a better than s35vn steel against the m-390 we 818 streak, then FOR me…..The para 2 kills the streak….I guess I am a para military 2 fan boy….Great Vid Brother Kevin.

  • Reply TIM TIM July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Brother Kevin-this is a fantastic video. For me, I will never take that great streak over that para 2…..your para 2 is smoking great and BEST(for me)….Yes the streak is a bargain in my opinion….and lovely….

  • Reply Kenny July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    If all things are pretty close to equal, I am going to go with the knife made in the United States. The reason for this is not because I don't like other countries because I do (I actually live in China) I just think Americans should support American manufacturing when ever possible.

  • Reply david marshall July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I'm sorry, right now WE is making better knives than Spyderco. I've owned Spydercos with scales separating from liners, blade play, lock-stick, and gummy action. WE rarely has those problems and once they stopped with the star screws they became one of the most reliable production knife companies in the world. Some don't like the aesthetics, but fitment is above and beyond. How often has anyone owned a pocketknife without any blade play *for the life of the knife*? It is exceedingly rare even in high end-knives. Hell my Peter Rassenti Druid has blade play, but not my Rectifier or my Minitor. Ever. You can't buy that kind of F&F at any price.

  • Reply Hiker Marapese July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I'm a maintenance tech and own a Para 2 Burple. I didn't purchase the Streak solely because of the edge profile.

  • Reply Rick O'Shea July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Para 2 , although odd looking, is the nicest feeling folder I own in my somewhat large knife rotation.
    Spydercos compression lock makes this comparison one sided to me along with a FFG long usable edge without much belly, a great cutter/ slicer. Nice review !!

  • Reply Slicey Dicey July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Nice comparison! I did mine against the Kapara because of the blade shape, but ALMOST did the same one. I'd take the PM2. But honestly, because it's just so familiar. The PM2 is just like a pair of old comfortable jeans to me.

  • Reply Mt. Baldwin July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    The paramilitary 2's hype-armor is too strong for the WE to beat. Yes I have a pm2 and it doesn't live up to the insane hype that surrounds it. Best ergos ever! No, the rat 1 has better along a dozen other knives in my collection. "Just wait for a sprint run for better steel" good luck catching that unicorn, s30v for $140 is what you're getting. Cold steel gets slammed for its pocket clips, the pm2 is just as tight and pocket shredding but no one complains. People complain about sharpening choils like the streaks, yet the pm2 doesn't even have one that fulfills its primary purpose of being a sharpening aid (and I don't need to choke up to be able to control a 3.4 inch blade. Ever seen a fixed blade that small with a finger choil?).

  • Reply Corpse Grinder July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Back the camera up a little.

  • Reply Mark W July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Ugggh you gonna make me defend a spyderco' ….streak has less attractive blade shape its drop point falls back to quickly(weak chin), the parra has a more ergo ego handle? ……uggh i need a shower

  • Reply Brendanenon July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    These don't strike me as comprable. on one hand they have g10 handles and similar price. On the other hand different grind, stock, steels, handle size, edge profile, opening method, locking mechanism, action, chiol, pivots, in pocket size, clip mount options, country of origin… am I missing anything? looks like a fine knife but come on now, these are not similar. Thanks for the vid.

  • Reply dan michell July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    a deal breaker would be, if the streak would not clamp well in a sharpening system .the swedge may interfere?

  • Reply Justin Gonzales July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    American made is the deciding factor for me

  • Reply ralph simpson July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Lol, okay. Come on, Kevin! I was about to comment on that one guy. The lone grouch, who went there, & disliked this video. As in, dude, really? This was a solid comparison video, & then you hit me with the joy buzzer at the end. Kevin, seriously man, you owe us an opinion here, buddy. I'll help ya, the Streak is champ. Now do one with the Streak v Manix2. Solid video, bud, but you gotta bite the bullet & step out here on the Spyderco plank w me, cause I'm thinking you just didn't want to face the Spyderco masses……..

  • Reply zero2three1 July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    What a great comparison. I'm having a hard time too. Let's see… I can only choose one for the rest of my life… It has to be the PM2 because of the phosphor bronze washers. If the Streak had PB washers then it wins. Maybe.

  • Reply Eagle Jim July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Side by side the We is definitely more attractive and slick looking. I would bet in 10 years the We model will not be around but the PM2 will still be standing. All things considered the PM2 is a highly functional tool that is tough to beat. The pocket jewelry will come and go.

  • Reply korling99 July 27, 2019 at 10:59 am

    I vote for the Para because I’ve seen it used in some very hard use/bushcrafting situations and it seems to hold up well. If you want it in a better steel, watch for a sprint run. Liner/frame locks are also destroying my thumb tip especially in the winter, so much so that several times I’ve had to use my left hand to close a knife.

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