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Spyderco C123CFP Sage Folding Knife 3" S30V Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handles

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Part Number: SP123CFP
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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SP123CFP: Sage - Carbon Fiber Handle

A Sage is someone wise in judgment and experience. It’s reasonable assuming they achieved that title through trial, error and extending their best effort at every opportunity. If that definition can be applied to something tangible it would be an item created from experience and striving for quality and performance at the highest level. If said item were a pocketknife we could call it a Sage.

The C123 Sage represents Spyderco’s 30-year pledge to knife crafting and learning to make better knives at every available opportunity. The plan is to offer an ongoing series of Sage Folders with many of the different and ingenuous locking devices and mechanisms the knife industry has to offer.

This model is in recognition of knifemaker Michael Walker’s contribution to the knife industry with his creation of the LinerLock® and ball bearing detent method of locking open a folding knife. It pairs together a drop-point shaped CPM-S30V blade with a twill-woven carbon fiber handle and LinerLock. Categorized as a mid-sized folder, the blade is flat-ground and PlainEdged. Designed for comfort and in-the-hand-ergonomics, the carbon fiber handle is vibrant with multi-colored fibers bonded together when manufacturing the carbon fiber. The weaving runs deep, making ridges and textures for the palm to adhere to while gripping and cutting. A silhouette wire pocket clip adjusts for left- or right-hand carry.


  • Overall length: 7-1/8” (181mm)
  • Blade Length: 3” (76mm)
  • Weight: 3.2oz (91g)
  • Made in Taiwan
S30V Stainless Steel
S30V Stainless Steel
A hardened wear and corrosion resistant stainless steel developed in collaboration with Chris Reeve. It is known for its improved sharpness and toughness. This is a premium grade steel only used in high end knives. Composition: Carbon 1.45%, Chromium 14.00%, Vanadium 4.00%, Molybdenum 2.00%
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Carbon Fiber Handles
Carbon Fiber Handles
Very strong and lightweight material. Provides an upscale and modern feel.
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Steve N.
Plymouth, Mn
Jun 14, 2017
Pros: Ease of Opening, Overall Quality, Weight, Handle Material
Cons: None
Spyderco Sage
Great knife. Perfect size and quality is first rate. My favorite EDC knife.
3 out of 5
Jonathan N.
South West USA
Feb 29, 2016
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.
5 out of 5
Errol F
Livingston Manor, NY
Jan 16, 2016
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Lock Type, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: Pocket Clip, None
Perfect EDC
First of all, this is a great, well thought out and expertly finished knife. I am a baker by trade and I carry and use the knife on a daily basis to open boxes and bags of flour during work hours and to open beer bottles (back side of blade) after hours. The knife was shaving sharp out of the box and had a smooth but stiff action, without taking the knife apart or adjusting the pivot screw, the knife broke in nicely after three weeks of carry. The carbon fiber scales are a thing of beauty and I was really taken back the first time I took it out of the bubble wrap. The pictures really do not do this knife justice. The carbon fiber also has a nice feel to it and is slightly grippy. If you want to go around stabbing things, then there is probably a handle material that will be grippier but for every day use I find the traction perfect. The lock up on the knife is solid and has not play either side to side or up and down. There is a solid "clack" when it opens and locks and another, more subtle "clack" when closing. Some reviewers mentioned the sharp edges on the blade, I actually like them. As someone who likes quality, the sharp corners show how precisely the blade was ground and the quality of the tooling that Spyderco used at the Taichung Taiwan plant (Yes it is made in Taiwan but I don't mind, the quality is top notch). Yes It will scratch up your finger nail while opening but unless you are going to be opening it 500 times a day, its no big deal. I find it funny about how some people want the knife to chop through logs and be taken into a "tactical" combat situation but at the same time complain that the corner of the spyderhole hurts their finger, common people, grow some hair you know where. The sharp spine can throw sparks from a ferro rod, a plus in my book. A few reviews down "David" mentioned that the liners were thin and he wouldn't use it for anything more than opening envelopes, while the knife does open envelopes superbly, this knife can do so much more. There is a YouTube review from a guy that goes by SpartanJohns who at the beginning of his review does a feather stick with super thin shavings. I for one, will have no troubles relying on this knife to do many more tasks other than opening envelopes. Maybe "David" likes to hack through cinder blocks and pry open gun safes on a daily basis, in that case, I guess only an 20oz "overbuilt" folding bowie will suffice for "David". Some people like the pocket clip, some don't, I am on the fence. Its a nice pocket clip and seems strong, I don't see it bending anytime soon. It also sits nice and deep in the pocket. My only complaint is that there is some side play when opening and closing the knife, if that is where your finger likes to land while doing that. I have been trying to grab the top of the scale next to the blade but my fingers still end up landing on the clip half the time. This has not resulted in the clip bending in any way but it may wear on the carbon fiber after time, more so if you decide on the Sage 2 with titanium handles. This was my first Spyderco and it will not be my last. I dont think anyone with with reasonable to high expectations will be disappointed with this knife.
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