Spyderco Sage-2 Titanium Plain Edge Review

Spyderco Sage-2 Titanium Plain Edge
9.8

Rating

10/10

    Features

    • Made using the highest quality materials
    • Folding knife with CPM-S30V steel spear-point blade
    • PlainEdge is ground flat for precise cutting
    • Screw-constructed titanium handle for comfort
    • Reeve Integral Lock system uses handle scale as liner
    • Handle can be slippery when wet
    • Opening blade takes some getting used to

    The second entry in Spyderco’s Sage line, this popular knife was made to showcase the work of Chris Reeve, the inventor of the Integral Lock system. The Sage-2 features a CPM-S30V composite steel blade which won’t pit or corrode and holds an edge better than any other knife-making steel. The handle is solid titanium, machined to perfection, which gives the knife an incredibly solid feel without adding weight.

    Features:

    • The knife is 7 1/8” long when opened, 4 1/8” when closed, and weighs 3.3 ounces

    • The 3” long blade is premium quality CPM-S30V steel which has been flat-ground

    • Solid titanium handle for outstanding durability and comfort

    • Cutting-edge Integral Lock system, developed by award-winning knife maker Chris Reeve

    • Reversible wire pocket clip so the knife is perfect for carrying on either side of the body

    Spyderco Sage-2 Titanium Plain Edge

    The Good

    The entire knife is built around Reeve’s Integral Lock system which allows for a linerless handle, increasing strength and durability. The knife snaps open with one hand, locks into place very smoothly, and once opened there is absolutely no play in the blade. Spyderco has added phosphor bronze washers to the Sage-2 knife in particular, in order to showcase the smooth action of the Liner Lock system.

    Sage-2’s titanium handle is outstanding. Not only does the satin finish look very nice, but it’s so tough and durable that you could pound nails with it. Resistant to scratching, pitting, corrosion, and probably even shark bites, titanium has a reputation for being rugged for a reason.

    The Sage-2 has a reversible wire pocket clip which allows you to wear the knife on either side. The clip is deep enough that the knife sits low in the pocket, preventing the handle from getting snagged on anything as you move. While it seems simple, having a pocket clip that works without being too stiff is a huge improvement over cheaper knives, and it’s an excellent illustration of the amount of care and thought that Spyderco has put into their Sage knives.

    Spyderco Sage-2 Titanium Plain Edge Profile

    The Bad

    The entire Sage line is made without thumb studs for opening the blade, instead using a hole for your thumb to rest in when you flick the blade open. While Spyderco has said that they prefer the hole over a stud since it reduces the blade profile and prevents the knife from getting caught on your pocket, it might take a little bit of getting used to.

    Titanium has a lot of benefits, the most obvious being durability and weight, but it comes with drawbacks as well. The satin finish of the handle lacks texture, so using the Sage-2 when it’s wet or especially greasy could lead to the knife slipping in your hand. In some circumstances, the carbon-fiber mesh handle of the Spyderco Sage-1 could be a better choice.

    Spyderco Sage-2 Titanium Plain Edge Clip

    Our Verdict

    The Sage-2 is an excellent mid-sized knife that will do everything you need it to and more. The titanium handle is overbuilt and rugged, which makes it impossible to destroy without adding an ounce to the weight. Reeve’s Integral Lock system is made for linerless handles, lending, even more, strength to the knife and showcasing the impressive qualities of titanium.

    Spyderco has a reputation for making excellent knives, and the Sage-2 is no exception. If you’re looking for a folding pocket knife that will stand up to heavy use, this is the one for you.

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