Really, I can see it. The grain in the wood on my Sage 4 is dark colored, the black hardware goes with it.
Got the Sage4 23 days ago and have carried it since. I have no intention of putting anything else in my pocket instead of the Sage4 any time soon. I may carry one or two other knives also, but the Sage4 seems to be a keeper. Until something else comes along the Sage4 is definately a favorite along with a Gayle Bradley, Chaparral and Sage1 and a couple of close runner ups. I hope to add the ti Chaparral in a few months.
I'm not complaining but my Sage4 developed a tiny amount of vertical blade play yesterday. It is very slight but noticable. I don't consider this a problem at all. A knife not being "perfect" of course is somewhat of a downer but I've never had a problem with vertical blade play with back lock knives and this is not the first knife I've seen with it. Back locks having vertical blade play is almost normal for the lock. I only mention it because this model has the stop pin mod. I thought Spyderco would want to know how the knives are doing in the field and want to hear from the users. I'd like to know as well if anyone else is seeing vertical blade play. I never had a problem with it because after the blade is pushed up by force applied to the edge any back lock knife is just as strong as any back lock with no blade play. I haven't used the knive in any cutting that is terribly hard. The hardest thing the knife has gone through as far as the lock/pivot is concerned is me flicking the blade open instead of just opening it. I've heard people advising against this and I'll stop. I only do it for fun and don't consider it a good way to open a knife. Never thought it would do any harm though and not sure flicking the knife open cause this issue. I've done it with about any knife I own (except my bug :)).
I'm not planning on sending this knife to Spyderco for a warranty evaluation unless they ask me to so they can evaluate it. If this is going to be a common issue with the Sage4 they may want to figure out why. Other than this the knife is perfect. Absolutely NO horizontal play. The lock/pivot has gotten very smooth and the blade is falling when the lock is released easier and easier. That may be due to me using Nano-oil for the past few days but that's another subject (and thread BTW).
Vertical blade play turned into the blade not staying in the handle when closed 2 days later or so. I don't know if the two issues were because of the same problem. A tiny tiny jerk would let the blade fall out about 1/4". I sent it to Spyderco and they replaced it. Since then it became and still is my primary EDC knife. After about a month or so it is broken in and locks solid with no play and closes easily. I also have the G-10 Manbug attached to a Fenix LD01 flashlight that I also carry but the Sage4 is my favorite primary knife. The Sage1 was my favorite (or GB or Chaparral :)) but the Sage4 is #1. It has the same size as the Sage1 and the strength of the GB (or close enough) as far as I can tell. So, for my likes the Sage4 is going to get all the carry time from now on. After many many years of buying $10-$20 knives I decided to spend more money and get ONE knife I really liked. My main goal was better edge retention. S30V has proven to be plenty good enough for my needs even if not the absolute very best. If the Sage4 was in my hands about 5 years ago I may not have bought the other 25 or 30 knives most of which were Spyderco knives. :) Well played Spyderco. :mad::D I have really enjoyed getting and using the knives. I'm not saying I'm not going to buy another knife. But, I'll know more about what to expect I think. The new Chaparral is definately in my future. :D
This is an old thread but.....Yes!!!that is some very nice wood. Mine is a very dark redish color.... It's nice but nothing like that.
Read posts 65 and 67 if you want. After 10 months the Sage4 is still in my pocket. I have carried the BF (formerly known as the GB :)) a few times but only for a slight change to add a little variety. Can't help it, the GB is just a GREAT knife. Anyway, since this thread popped up again I'll mention that the Sage4 is still here. :) My normal EDC is in the picture in my signature. Here is the picture of the Sage4 and Manbug (that I also mentioned in the above posts) so it's easier to see. The Manbug is also passing the test of time. These two have spent more consistant time carried since I got them than any other knife I've owned since the day I actually owned more than one knife at a time. They are a little different now but not better. I have changed both knives for fun but the knives are the same great knives and are continuing to pass the test of time.
Thank you Spyderco.
Just picked up my first Sage 4! Beautiful and suited to virtually any task.
Just picked up a Sage 4 in December. I love the leaf blade, the look, the feel... But I think I'm spoiled on the completely effortless deployment of the Sage 2. Sage 4 seems wide and cumbersome, even after a couple hundred openings. Am I just spoiled on the Sage 2, or do others find it smoother as well? I'll admit up front, I also have a LG CR Sebenza AND Insingo, but also 20+ other Spydies...
You should try the sage 3 for smoothness ; amazingly light !
You can apply a few drops of nano-oil as i do on all spyderco's.
But in general: opening a linerlock or framelock only the detent ball and the washers make contact.
Opening a lockback : the lockbar makes contact with more friction and force than a detent ball !