Pros: Blade Sharpness, Weight, Blade Material, Sheath, Pocket Clip, None
Cons: Overall Quality, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Lock Ease of Use
It's OK, but just OK. I don't understand all the hype...
I have quite a few older Spydercos I've collected over the years along with owning several different knife manufacturer's products. I hadn't bought a new Spyderco in quite some time however having my last being the Brad Southard that I sold 3 months after its purchase and the other 2 being a Centofonte 3 and a Native I bought a few years ago and still own and like very much. Sadly however this may be my last Spyderco if this knife is representative of their current quality level. While the fit and finish are excellent, the action of the knife leaves much to be desired. Being stiff and gritty out of the box is often the case with any new knife. Multiple opening and closings will usually allow the detent ball to wear a sufficient glide path around the pivot and smooth out the action within a reasonable length of time. Almost a week of constant everyday use to this point have failed to make this knife any smoother so I decided to disassemble, clean, and reassemble it in hopes rectifying the problem or at least discovering what problems if any the one I received suffered from. Upon examination I noticed that the blade tang had a very rough vertical grind pattern and wasn't polished AT ALL! Even some of my cheaper knives had a better polish at the blade tang allowing for faster and more thorough break-in making the action smoother sooner. While I lean towards my Benchmade knives as some of my favorites, even some of my Ontario RAT1 and RAT2 knives as well as the Boker EX, Kershaw, ZT, and SOG folders I own were either smoother out of the box or broke in within a reasonable length of time. I bought this Spyderco Sage 1 based on all the glowing reviews I'd seen on various forums and in user reviews such as here at KnifeCenter. I own 6 of Spyderco's value line Chinese models; the Ambitious, Persistence, Tenacious, and Resilience in differing configurations and even at their inexpensive price they're smoother than this Sage. Every one of their blades were polished at the tang where the detent ball rides making for a much smoother action. To be honest, the Persistence while not offering the same CPM S30V blade steel, doesn't offer me much less than does the Sage in terms of every day utility value and it was a third of the price of this Sage. While the Sage is a prettier package with better blade steel IMO it's highly over rated and over hyped. I know at it's price it's not up to the level of maybe a ZT or a Benchmade but for over a hundred bucks I surely expected the quality from a Sal Glesser product that I used to know. This one falls terribly short of Sal's legacy. It's a 5 star knife for display and show but at it's cost it drops to a 2 1/2 - 3 for me.