I should have know you'd have all four. You may even have models that haven't been invented yet. The 4 has replaced my 1 for pocket time also for now but it is still new. When the "new" wears of, then I'll be in a better position on deciding if I like one better than the other. IMO they really are two knives that should "set a standard" for greatness. Of course that is just one guys opinion.The Deacon wrote:I have all four. I think the Sage is a very good design, almost incredibly so considering the need for it to be adaptable to a multitude of locks. IMHO, the maker in Taichung is doing an excellent job. All four versions are well built knives with excellent fit and finish. Steel is identical and thus not a factor, you either consider S30V acceptable, or you don't. So it really comes down to preferences as to lock type and handle materials. If I were right handed, I'd probably be torn between the Sage I and Sage IV since, to me, they're the two best looking. While the Sage II is As a lefty, my choice is a much easier one since the Sage III has two strikes against it - it's G-10 and it's light blue. So, at least for now, the Sage IV is the only one that gets any pocket time.
Future Chaparrals are already calling to me. Some people even were asking what the number 2 would be within a month of the first one. I can't believe how obsessed people can get. Ok, ok, I thought about what the next Chaparral would be but I didn't post it. I do hope they use M4 as one of the blade steels. I don't care which one as long as it's the next one.computernut wrote:It might just be 'new knife syndrome' but I'm really liking the Sage4. So my favourites right now would be 4,3,1,2. For some reason the Sage2 just doesn't do it for me. I love the simplicity of the design and the materials though. The Sage1 is a great knife and a perfect EDC but I find that I'm more likely to grab the Sage4 or Sage3 these days. The only downside to the Sage3 is the G10, it likes to rip up the edges of my pockets, that and its a little on the wide side due to the BAL taking up room. I might have to start collecting the Chaparral now and make my morning carry decision even harder
I don't know if the Sage4 does or not. The Sage4 has the same lock as the Chaparral with a stop pin on the tang and there are slots in each liner where the pin rotates. When the knife is open the pins rest against the end of the slots. I think this it to reduce or eliminate vertical blade play and strengthen the lock. There are pictures of the Chaparral taken apart somewhere here in the forum black hole. I even took mine apart but don't remember if there were washers or not. I said all this in case someone has had their Chaparral apart or remembers which thread to find the disassembled Chaparral pictures. I'm thinking if the Chaparral has washers so does the Sage4. But I don't know.gull wing wrote:The first is the best
the fact that the Sage4's liners are flush with the blade tang make it less prone to blade play forming after a lot of use, possibly a little abuse. The liners on the Sage1 are not close to the tang because of the washers on opposite sides of the tang.
Don't have a IV yet, do have I II III. Jack, Are you saying the IV doesn't have washers?
I've wondered for a long time about different washer types and the difference they make. What washers do Sage1 thru Sage3 have? Why switch to bronze from whatever? Cheaper but still work good? Work better?Stony wrote:The SageIV has the bronze washers.