The Spyderco Sage 5 is the newest incarnation in the legendary collection of Sage pocket knives. The shape is the same as the other Sage models, but the lock and materials differ again.
For the Sage 5 Spyderco used the incredibly popular Compression Lock. This lock became famous because of the Paramilitary 2 models. It works as sort of a reverse linerlock. The controls are on the spine of the handle. The way it locks is also different. A linerlock, for instance, only falls against the blade. The lockbar of a Compression Lock falls into the cut-out in the blade and gets caught in between the blade and stop pin. As a result this lock is one of the strongest on the market. Spyderco fans asked for more models with a Compression Lock for a long time and this Sage 5 is the answer to that question.
The scales of the Spyderco Sage 5 are made from G10. It is a version on which carbon fibre is laminated. As such you benefit from the strength of the G10, but are still left with the stunning look and feel of the carbon fibre. The best of both worlds. The Sage 5 is enhanced with steel liners. Barely visible from the outside because they are inserted in the inside of the scales. Difficult to produce, but with stunning results. The combination of these materials and techniques also ensure a greatly reduced weight. The Sage 5 barely weighs 88 grams and is therefore one of the lightest pocket knives in this class.
You can easily open the blade with the help of the large thumb hole. Typical for a Spyderco pocket knife: The blade is made from CPM S30V steel. For years it has been a popular choice in the high-end pocket knife world.
All in all, the Spyderco Sage 5 is a great example of technology. A desired knife that belongs in every pocket knife collection.
Part of the proceeds from the Sage 5 is donated to the National Alzheimer's Association in Denver, Colorado.