Spyderco Sage 3 – The Blue Brother

The Sage II is one of the greatest Spyderco knives in my own humble opinion, so I was never really excited by another Sage…
What could have it more ? A better lock than the Reese Integral Lock ? A better Handle than the smooth rich full titanium scales ?
Enter the Sage 3 a.k.a. the C123GBL and the chance for me to change my mind. The Sage 2 and the Sage 3 are not the same animals.

Again the Taichung plant is offering a close to the perfection production knife with a rich blue handle.
You know that beautiful G10 like the one found on the Dodo or on the Manix sprint run…. It’s very sheeple friendly.
Blue is a cool color. The Navii, the Smurfs, the Cops, the Collars, the Sky, our planet… all are blue and my Blue G10 Dodo is really one of my favorite knife ever made.
So I got that feeling as I grap the beautiful handle.
The weith on that knife is not as lightweith that I thought. It’s even 1 gram heavier than the Sage 2 titanium tank ! Looking closely inside the handle they are two stainless steel nested liners ! Those are really the kind of hidden features you only find in a Spyderco Knife. There is even no mention of that in the Spyderco official communication.
So this is a very very solid handle destined to be on a heavy duty knife.
Once open there is no play in any direction. The knife feels solid like a fixed blade. The Bolt Action Lock has been patented by Blackie Collins and is operated like the Manix 2 lock with its caged Ball Bearing lock. It’s even a little easier as I’m able to disengage it using only my thumb.
So this is a very fast knife to open just by disengaging the lock and flicking the wrist and fast to close to.

The real difference with the two other Sages is that this knife doesn’t have an open handle construction. There is a blu G10e backspacer running along all of it. The result, filling the gap between the two scales, is a much more confortable handle for hard cutting. I remember a video of Bluntruth4U where he was complaining about his Sage 1 handle and he was obliged to wear gloves for hard cutting. The Sage 3 is really an improvement in ergonomy thanks to it full blue spacer. I remember how the Tim Wegner Spyderco serie was gentle on my palm. Same here with the blue Sage.

So we got a very strong knife, which feels even beefier than the Sage 2. The full flat ground S30V leave blade is equally strong and accurate in all the cuts.
With its backspacer and skeletonized nested liners, the Sage 3 will be a little harder to clean than the Sage 2 but the confort of its handle is really appreciable on hard chores. So if you use your knives very hard, the Blue Bro strong lock and confortable ergos is really something to try. Another little big knife from Spyderco and real workhorse with a royal blue robe.

Oh, something also to remember. The Sage serie is about memory. Memory and hommage to the inventors of the locking folding knives. And 5% of the sales is donated to the National Alzheimer’s Association Denver, Colorado Chapter. Another great initiative.

Spyderco Sage 3 The Blue Brother by Nemo Sandman
Spyderco Sage 3 The Blue Brother by Nemo Sandman
Spyderco Sage 3 The Blue Brother by Nemo Sandman
Spyderco Sage 3 The Blue Brother by Nemo Sandman
Spyderco Sage 3 The Blue Brother by Nemo Sandman
Spyderco Sage 3 The Blue Brother by Nemo Sandman
Spyderco Sage 3 The Blue Brother by Nemo Sandman
Spyderco Sage 3 The Blue Brother by Nemo Sandman
Spyderco Sage 3 The Blue Brother by Nemo Sandman

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4 Comments on “Spyderco Sage 3 – The Blue Brother

  1. Hi Nemo,

    Another great review with nice, clear pictures!

    I have two questions: Did you ‘de-fang’ the G10? And, how is the edge angle and thickness? Would it need re-profiling or is it good to go? (O.k. that is three…)

    Cheers,
    JD

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    • Hi JD,

      thanks for the nice words ! 🙂
      I have gently soften the G10 but not as much as on my Paramillie 2.

      The edge angle and the thickness of the blade seems the same as the other Sage knives. It came razor sharp. I did not convexed the edge just to have a chance to compare it to my convexed Sage 2.
      It’s definitively good to go. No reprofiling needed ! 🙂
      Those Taiwanese blades are top notch.

      Cheers
      nemo

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  3. The Spyderco Sage Series of classic locking folders is a knife fancier’s nirvana, to state the obvious for those not educated in folder blade locking systems. I have knives (1-3) in the series and couldn’t be more pleased. The Chinese Island made cutlery is top- shelf, and the materials all are selected with quality in mind to enhance the tribute to select knife designers. All of these knives came with excellent edges, and it was almost painful (but not enough to stop me) to put my desired convex edge to the fine S30V steel of all three blades. I shall do the same with the Sage 4 when I purchase it within the month…

    Last comment: these knives will not become safe queens. They all will take their place in a rotation of my EDC edges. My knives are tools, tools I enjoy to carry and use during my travels and activities. The only knife I own which is delegated to one particular task in mind is my Protech Godfather. It’s one function is to slice fine meat at nice restaurants with people I enjoy. Thanks for the review; a well thought out article that didn’t become wordy…..cya

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