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Spyderco Sage2 Titanium PlainEdge Knife
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- Deep-pocket wire clip for left or right hand carry
- Closed Length (Inches): 4.19, Overall Length (Inches): 7.19, Blade Length (Inches):3, Blade Steel: CPM S30V, Grind: Full-Flat
- A spear-point shaped, full-flat ground CPM S30V blade
- All screw constructed titanium handle
- Michael Walker Linerlock with ball bearing detent
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Second up in the Sage Series is the titanium Sage. The Sage Series manifests Spyderco’s three decades of pioneering knife crafting and innovating. The series reprocesses a similar shaped and sized folder, releasing a new version annually. Each rendition highlights a locking device or mechanism and credits that mechanism’s inventor. The first Sage recognized knifemaker Michael Walker’s creation of the LinerLock with a ball bearing detent method of keeping a folding knife closed. Sage number two focuses on knife making prime mover Chris Reeve’s embellishment of that original Walker LinerLock by his morphing it into his R.I.L. Reeve Integral Lock. This modification uses the handle scale as the lock’s liner. With the back portion of the handle doubling as both handle spring and lock, the need for internal liners is dispensed with and the knife can be manufactured lighter and slimmer while staying strong. The Spear-point shaped CPM S30V is flat ground and coalescence of Spyderco’s Caly 3 and Native Models in shape and function. The handle is all screw constructed titanium. Inside are phosphor bronze washers for smooth open and close. Silhouette wire clip snugs down deeply in a pocket and adjusts for left/right-hand carry. Jimping covering the spine and finger choil stop slips and glides
The first Sage knife recognized knifemaker Michael Walker's creation of the LinerLock, which offered a ball-bearing detent method of keeping a folding knife closed. The Sage2 focuses on prime mover Chris Reeve's embellishment of the original Walker LinerLock, which he morphed into the Reeve Integral Lock (RIL). The modification uses the handle scale as the lock's liner. With the back portion of the handle doubling as both handle spring and lock, the knife no longer needs an internal liner, meaning the knife can be manufactured lighter and slimmer without sacrificing strength.
The Sage2 also includes a spear-point blade made of CPM-S30V steel, with a flat-ground edge that pays tribute to Spyderco's Caly3 and Native models in shape and function. The screw-constructed titanium handle is also sturdy, with interior phosphor bronze washers ensuring a smooth opening and closing. The Sage concludes with a silhouette wire pocket clip that adjusts for left- or right-hand carry.
Spyderco donates approximately five percent of sales of each Sage to the National Alzheimer's Association Denver, Colorado chapter.
- Blade: CPM-S30V steel
- Handle material: Titanium
- Blade length: 3 inches
- Cutting edge: 2-5/8 inches
- Blade thickness: 1/8 inch
- Hole diameter: 1/2 inch
- Closed length: 4-3/16 inches
- Overall length: 7-1/8 inches
- Weight: 3.5 ounces
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Sebenza for show, but this is the one you will use!
The steel is CPM S30V, which has a reputation as one of the best knife steels to keep an edge yet be sharpenable. I use diamond surfaced sharpening "stones" and diamond paste charged strops to sharpen my knives. So, given that, I agree that S30V is relatively easy to sharpen, and to keep sharp just with stropping. I especially like the full flat ground blade. Done right, it is a very good compromise between a "normal" American beveled grind and a hollow grind. Spyderco almost always does the flat ground right, carrying it right up to the top of the blade which, with modern steels, wide blades, and heat treatments, provides a strong blade that slices through about anything with low resistance. All that to say that I like the blade very much. I am tempted to turn it into a convex grind, but there's a lot of work, both in the conversion and in keeping it sharp. The "spydey hole" is also a good way to open a blade like this and is almost ambidextrous. I don't mind a liner lock, like the Sage1 has, but I do find I'm just a bit more comfortable with the frame lock on this knife.
Some critics say that a frame lock should have a steel insert so that the lock has a steel-to-steel lockup. Their argument is that titanium, being softer than steel, will wear too fast. Imho, the titanium is not that much softer, it is much harder than aluminum, and it will work-harden to some extent, so the softness is not a real issue. In any case, I don't expect that this will become an issue for me. I also wouldn't feel that more secure by introducing two or three more pieces (insert and screw or screws) for Murphy to make come apart at the worst possible time. I prefer greater simplicity, which is one of the reasons I like this knife in the first place.
I started out not liking the pocket clip, which looks something like a paper clip. It turned out to be tougher and more reliable than virtually all other clips that I have used. I have since bought several other Spyderco knives with the same clip, and have found them all to be the same; strong, and simple, a bent piece of spring wire and a single screw. If you succeed in snagging the tip and actually bending the clip so it doesn't work any more, which I have done, I understand that Spyderco will replace it for $5 plus $5 postage and handling. When I find out for certain, I will update this commentary,
Size: My measurement finds the blade to be 3 inches and overall length to be 7 1/8 inch inches. This is under the county limits in most of the area where I live on the upper left coast. My immediate county only limits the purpose for which a knife was used, not the length - which seems more reasonable, don't you think? In any case, the fact that this is a manual opening, short bladed knife makes is both more legal and less frightening than "dangerous" knives which have blades 3 1/2 inches long or longer. =8-O **// In any case, it is easier and less stressful to carry - without having to worry about others' interpretations and reactions - it looks pretty much like a "gentleman's" knife without giving up whatever utility I need.
My final comment has to do with the country of origin. In this case it is Taiwan-China, as opposed to mainland-China. My experience is that Taiwanese products are very close to Japanese products in quality, fit, and finish - workmanship. This knife is no exception. I have found mainland-Chinese products to be widely variable in quality and workmanship. I prefer to assume the best for Taiwanese, and the worst for mainland products. I hope the difference diminishes in the future, but only time will tell.
In conclusion: I like this knife a lot. It is my favorite every day carry. I can't think of any negatives - oh, except I would have preferred more texture on the grip panel(s), something like a golf-ball texture, but I know that would add expense, so I don't feel I can really criticize here. Thanks for reading this far, I hope I've helped you with your decision to spend $150+ for a knife. I feel this one is worth it. I would recommend it (or a Sage1) to a friend. I will buy another when I lose this one.
My advice is simple - if you appreciate a well-made pocket knife yet don't want to break the bank with a Sebenza, do yourself a favor and get this knife. You won't regret it.
And do yourself another favor, carry it everyday.