Looks like the Sage4 has a stop-pin like the Chaparral according to Sal: link
PS edit: The grittyness of the Chaparral worked it's way out of my knife. Now it opens perfectly.
I realized today that the Boye Dent isn't on the lock bar of the Sage4. I'm glad it isn't there on this knife. The lock bar spring is stronger than any other lock back I've used. You really have to push down on the lock bar and maybe not having the dent is better in this case. How does anyone else feel about this? Is everyone's Sage4 spring extra strong?
I wonder. Is there somewhere you can get replacement screws of different material or color with the same specs as the ones in Spyderco knives? Are the screws made special for each knife or are the knives make to match already in production screws? I imagine it's the second option. The main problem would be the length of replacement screws. With care you can cut bolts without messing up the threads where it is cut. I've never had to cut a bolt as short as these though.
I like the black hardware, especially the black clip like the Sage1. Wearing jeans it was never a problem with my Sages until I went to a funeral and wore dress pants and all the silver clips stood out like a sore thumb. The black screws disappear into the wood and the screws in the bolsters are a nice contrast to the titanium.
I'm wondering why the stop pin in the Sage4 and Chaparral haven't been advertised more. It isn't even mentioned in the description of the knives in the catalogs. This is a pretty significant upgrade I think. Then again I may not even know the real purpose for it. I think it is to stop vertical play and make the knife or lock stronger but I may be way off.
This is one knife I need to see in person before I buy, I wanna hand select for the wood, im very picky when it comes to wood figure... ;)
any one know of a dealer in Atlanta that might have these in stock soon?
Is the Sage 4 a normal production item? Production will continue until the sales do not justify it?
It seems like a model that is too fancy/expensive. I was thinking it could possibly be "limited production".
I also didn't know if they were gonna run the wood/titanium then switch to a more normal G-10 version.
Sage4 lock spring strength.
Had the knife 2 weeks now. It has gotten much easier to release the lock with out causing undo stress on my thumb. At first I had to use what felt like a lot of strength to push the bar down far enough for the blade to just fall on it's own. Now I can do that every time without feeling any excessive force is needed. It's still stronger than any other lock back I have but not uncomfortable to use. It's not entirely that my right hand thumb has gotten stronger because I tried using my left hand which I never use and it's the same story. Much easier. That's only one reason I'm liking this knife more and more every day. All I have carried since I got the Sage4 is it and my Jester/flashlight combo.
I posted this for anyone who gets a Sage4 new and is worried about the strong lock being a pain to use for the rest of their life. It gets better so wait a couple of weeks before you get frustrated and mail me your brand new Sage4 for free. :)
That's good to know. I noticed that this isn't the normal mid lock and the description says that it is a "Front Lock" so the release button is up further than what I'm used to. That should mean that you won't get the same mechanical advantage on the spring as the mid lock.
Thanks for commenting on this, Jack.
Mine has definitely gotten easier to open and close, I can actually flick it open if I really dig my thumb into the hole and flick my thumb with some force.
I'll take the Gayle Bradley! :D