So this is good news to those of us who know what a great knife the Sage 3 is. The smurf blue as we suspected may have been off-putting to enough consumers to prompt this revamping of the model.Originally Posted by Michael Janich
To clarify the status of the Sage 3, it is being discontinued in its current form with a blue G-10 handle. However, it is being replaced by the same knife made with black cubic check carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scales--the same material that will be used on the black-bladed Szabo. As such, if you're a fan of the Bolt Action Lock (I am), life is still very good.
I just thought I would take the opportunity to make a suggestion to Sal and Co. I find that the lock release mechanism is a bit less friendly to use than say the CBBL on the Manix 2. I know that I mentioned this early on after Sal sent me one of the first production models. I had sent him an old Gerber bolt action to examine when they were working on the design and it had a plastic ramped lever that I find much more comfortable to use. The current mechanism on the S3 for example is a bit tricky to use with gloved hands. I would suggest a move to a more ramp like release such as the shape of the original Gerber knife or the Manix 2. The current stepped stud design just doesn't provide as much surface area for the thumb to grab on to as a ramped style mechanism would. I am attaching a photo of the Gerber mechanism below. I think something similar in steel would be a nice improvement. Just my $.02