The Spyderco Parata C231GO is a remarkable pocket knife, designed by Paul Alexander. Paul Alexander has a background in mechanical engineering and has been a fan of knives his whole life. His designs can be recognized by the organic shapes and wavy lines in the design. As with most Santoku kitchen knives the edge is lower than the handle, and the handle is narrower at the pivot than at the pocket clip. This is clear when you look at the design of the Parata.
The Parata is the first Spyderco knife that uses the new patented Stop Lock mechanism. This is an extremely strong mechanism that can be used by both left and right-handed users. The mechanism works as follows: the steel part that locks the VG10 steel blade is pushed down with the help of a spring. When opened the Snap Lock falls into a cut-out in the blade and locks it. To unlock the blade you simply push up the thumb stud of the mechanism. Really simple when you think about it, but very innovative and really well thought out. Typical for Spyderco!
At first glance the design might look a little clumsy. That is, however, where the mastermind of Paul Alexander comes into play. Once in hand the G10 handle of the Parata feels incredibly comfortable. Because the finger groove is located closely to the edge you have a lot of control and can carry out very precise cutting tasks. This deep finger groove also protects you finger from accidentally sliding forward during use. Parata means 'prepared' in Latin. A fitting name. With the Parata you will really be prepared for everything. This knife is made to be used, and you notice it.