The N5 is my favorite EDC Spyderco. It's the only knife I have a backup for. I've found it to be everything I need in an EDC blade. It's a very efficient cutter, very easy to maintain the edge and keep the body clean without having to take it apart, and it's been plenty tough for my EDC needs. As far as a comparison between the two models, I haven't noticed any performance difference between my Sage 1 and my N5. I prefer the N5 because it's a slightly smaller package in my pocket and I really like backlocks.
The N5 doesn't have any really fancy materials in it's construction and there's no gimmick like the Sages and Chaparrals have to keep people buying them, so that might be part of why you aren't hearing a lot about them. It's just black G10 and SS in a very well designed and executed package... classic Spyderco before they got into the fancy stuff and collabs.
Last edited by dalefuller; 05-27-2012 at 08:15 PM.
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