Spyderco Sage 1 ReviewJune 18, 2014
- Oversized thumbhole
- CPM S30V blade steel
- Some folks have trouble with liner-locks
- Somewhat expensive
I think the Spyderco Sage 1 would make a great pocket knife for the average user. Most people will find it a little too dressy for their hike on the Long Trail. But the other folks will say: “what’s wrong with looking good while doing the things you love?” In my mind, this knife is a pretty but tough S.O.B!
The Spyderco Sage series of knives pays homage to those great knife makers who have created the folding knife locking mechanisms we rely on today. The Sage 1 features the Walker Liner-lock, which–overtime–has become one of the few industry standards. This knife features CPM S30V steel and carbon fiber handles. It is lightweight and durable.
Construction & Materials
Spyderco is a big fan of using a stainless steel skeletonized frame. It keeps the knife light and very durable. Slapping a couple of carbon fiber handle scales around that frame will keep this knife looking brand new and functioning just as well, for years to come. I would have liked to have seen a solid pocket clip on this bad boy, instead of the wire-framed one.
Liner locks are great on every day carry pocket knives, but–because of their design–they are not a fan favorite for backpacking, climbing, etc. The mechanism can be difficult to operate if the knife gets dirty and can be even more difficult with a gloved hand.
S30V is a premium blade steel with a Rockwell rating of 58-60. It is durable, very rust resistant, and may never need to be sharpened as long as you own it.
On par with most Spyderco folders, the Sage 1 breaks down easily for repair or cleaning. Although very durable, damage to the carbon-fiber handles–such as gouging or chipping–would require they be replaced because the carbon fiber material is very hard to repair. But it proved to be a challenge to damage them.
This knife is extremely durable, but the wire pocket clip can be a bit of a chore as it bends much easier than a solid pocket clip.
Design & Ease Of Use
I have yet to find a Spyderco knife that wasn’t designed for ease of use. The pocket clip can be switched for left-or right hand use, which is made possible by the ambidextrous thumbhole. On the flip side; if you’re wearing gloves, you will have trouble with the liner-lock.
I’m convinced that Spyderco has some secret way of sharpening knives because every one of their knives is just as sharp as a razor. By using S30V blade steel on this sucker, you may actually forget how to sharpen knives–because you will never have to!
Although I am a fan of the materials and weight of this knife, there are other knives out in the world that are less expensive. If you can find the Sage 1 for $130-150, it would make a great addition to your back pocket or side pocket.