Spyderco Sage Carbon Fiber Plain Edge Knife Review

The Sage series is committed to knife making with innovation, featuring a series of similar designs that have different inventive lock mechanisms. The Spyderco’s Sage 1 model takes into account knife maker Michael Walker’s role to the knife making industry by adopting the Liner Lock and ball bearing detent.

The sage 1 not only has a timeless design but is also very functional. The Liner Lock, and the magnificent woven carbon-fiber laminate scales helps set it apart from other knives in the Sage knife series. There are lots to love about the Sage 1 which feels and performs exceptionally well as an everyday carry knife. So if you want to know more about this knife, check out the review below.

Spyderco Sage Carbon Fiber Plain Edge Knife Review

Features of the Spyderco Sage Carbon Fiber Plain Edge Knife

Pocket Clip

The Sage 1 comes with a reversible silhouette wire pocket clip that is anodized a dark shade of grey or blue. The pocket clip allows you to carry it comfortably be it on the left or right hand. The darkened wire clip fixed on the sleek carbon-fiber exterior helps you securely fit into your pocket. Although the clip does not provide a truly deep carry, it is still discreet enough and quite reliable too.

Also on the knife is Spyderco’s Trademark Round Hole, which allows for ambidextrous, one-hand blade opening. This knife being the first in the series, the design stands out as purely classic.

CPM-S30V Blade

The knife is also built with CPM-S30V steel blade that has a PlainEdge that is ground leveled for accurate cutting. The knife’s blade is just 3 inches long, and has a thickness of 1/8 inches.

You get to achieve a clear smooth cut with the knife with ease, thanks to the blade design. The use of CPM-S30V steel also ensures that the blade does not easily react to elements it gets into contact with. This ensures that the lustre lasts for a while maintaining the aesthetic value of your knife.

Quality Frame

The knife has an open frame construction with quality stand-offs that minimizes jimping. This gives it traction, which comes in very handy, as you use the knife. The LinerLock is positioned on the thin side but still manages to firmly engage the blade reducing any play even after long-term use.

Every knife carrier wants a knife with a folder that works, and the Sage 1 provides just that. A well secured folder that lasts.

Carbon-Fiber Handle

The carbon fiber handle gives you a comfortable firm grip while handling the knife. This means you can achieve all your cutting needs easily. The handle not only gives you a good grip but also looks great and is easy to clean.

It is heavily textured that adds to the great feel, and nice cool matte feel. And unlike other, knife handles that wear with use, the Sage 1 carbon fiber handle does not chip or wear easily.

Compact Size

Used on the knife are skeletonized liners that help substantially reduce the overall weight of the knife. The Spyderco Sage 1 weighs 3.2 ounces, and has an overall length of 7 – 1/8 inches. The knife carries a length of 4-3/16 inches when closed.

All this makes the knife a really handy and portable gadget that can be carried around easily without drawing any attention. Its small size also helps meets the purpose of the knife as a regular carry knife.

Fast Blade Deployment

Deploying the blade is super-fast. The knife does not have any assisting openings or ball bearings, but its well-made standard bronze washers with tight tolerances help the blade shoot out fast like a rocket. And when you do not want to open the blade too quickly, you can open it the traditional way using your thumb.

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  • Pros
  • For precaution purposes, the knife is fit with a choil that will stop the blade from coming down on your fingers in case the lock failed.
  • The knife is somewhat versatile being able to handle a variety of tasks.
  • It offers a good fit and has a quality stellar finish.
  • Cons
  • The shape of the opening hole isn’t beveled, and takes some time to get used to. It takes a number of uses to get a smooth open/close.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. Does it make a good hunting knife?

A. Well, the Sage 1 is too small to make a good hunting knife. It cannot perform hunting or batoning duties like ordinary hunting knives should.

Q. Why does it cost that much if it’s just an everyday carry knife?

A. It is constructed from Premium CPM S30V steel and Carbon Fiber handle scales which make it an overall quality and durable carry knife.

Final Verdict

In general, the Sage 1 is a quality knife with great ergonomics. It feels good on the hands, and works well too. It gives you value for your money and is packed with just the right features.

Even left-handed people find this knife to be really comfortable, which just shows the heights taken by the manufacturer to meet different market needs.

Though small, the knife can handle a number of outdoor activities much better than other brands of folding knives. It is a product worth recommending to anyone in need of an all-time carry knife.


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