Sage Series™ is a unique family of knives that showcases the innovative lock
mechanisms that have helped define modern folding knife technology. Every knife
in the series features the same basic design parameters—a full-flat-ground,
leaf-shaped CPM® S30V® blade, an ergonomic handle design with textured
forefinger choil and thumb ramp, and a reversible tip-up wire clip. However,
each knife is distinct in that it highlights a specific lock mechanism and
acknowledges the trendsetting knifemaker or designer who invented it. A portion
of the sale of every Sage Series folder is also donated to the National
Alzheimer’s Association of Denver, Colorado.
The Sage™ 5
highlights Spyderco’s own Compression Lock mechanism. Although often mistaken
as a “LinerLock on the back of the handle,” the Compression Lock is actually
radically different. In a Compression Lock, the blade’s tang ramp faces upward
toward the handle’s spine, rather than toward the butt of the handle as in a
LinerLock. When the blade is opened, the lock bar is sandwiched between the
ramp and the knife’s stop pin. Pressure that challenges the lock is transferred
to the width of the bar—not its length—and literally tries to crush it between
the blade ramp and the stop pin. This innovative mechanism is substantially
stronger than most LinerLocks and its location allows the knife to be safely
closed with only one hand without placing your fingers in the path of the edge.
skeletonized stainless steel liners that form the framework of the Sage 5’s
lock are nested into textured carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scales. Open-backed
construction reduces the knife’s weight and allows easy cleaning, while a
reversible deep-pocket wire clip provides convenient tip-up carry on either
side of the body. Showcasing one of Spyderco’s proudest contributions to modern
knife technology, the Sage 5 is an extremely capable all-purpose cutting tool.
Length 7.17" (182mm)
Length 4.17" (106mm)
Edge Length 2.64"
Thickness 0.118" (3.0mm)
Lock Type Compression