I think you will like the Sage4. It is one of my favorites. When I bought it I was considering it a gent's knife more than anything because of how beautiful it is. But I decided later it was too big for what I call a gent's knife. I say this based on the type of dress I associate with the stereotype of how a "gentleman" dresses (slacks, tie, possibly a suit). Now that I'm no longer working I don't dress like this often so I just carry what I like and the type of dress seldom matters. I consider the Sage4 more in the harder use category myself. It's extremely sturdy. I also have the Bradley Folder (GB) which I consider a hard use folder and the Sage4 sees more pocket time than the GB. I don't know why. I love both knives equally. I consider the GB more of a hard use folder than the Sage4 but I would have to problem using the Sage4 for tasks I consider "hard use folder" tasks. The scale under my clip did split when I hung the clip (real hard) on the arm of a chair. The wire clip did not bend. It "spun" under the clip screw and ended up sticking out at a 90° angle with the handle. This put so much pressure on the wood that it split the grain. For me this is not a big deal because I prefer to carry this knife in a belt pouch. The scale is still usable but I just can't use the clip. Also, it prompted me to make a new set of scales for my Sage4. That started a trend and I don't know how many scales I've made for this knife. Some look pretty good. Some are ugly. Someone mentioned the bolsters scratching easily. This is true because they are titanium which is soft. So, since I messed with the scales I also decided to stonewash the bolsters and blade on mine. Needless to say the knife looks nothing like the original.
Here are a couple of pictures.
Here is my Sage4 with kirinite (black mother of pearl). Not REAL black mother of pearl.
Kirinite lava-flow scales.
For fun I have also paired the scale material with my ss bolster Manbug. Here is one example with kirinite (BMOP).
Here is the Sage4 with micarta. On these scales I left the micarta a little thicker for a "fuller" grip. I think on this configuration especially I agree with Deacon. If the screws were not visible it would add tons to the appearance.
Still, I think black scales and a silver bolster is a great match. I also have micarta scales for the MB but in this picture the Manbug has white bone scales.
Since I started buying Spyderco's I've had several favorites. The Sage4 became my favorite almost immediately and has remained so. I got it very soon after it was released however long ago that was. This is a long time for one knife to remain a favorite in my experience. One really good thing about it is at just under 3" the blade is probably legal about anywhere. The GB at just under 3.5" is technically illegal in most of FL I think although the PO's where I live don't care what you carry as long as you don't walk around poking people with your knife.
If you do that they get upset.
Don't know why.
I found this picture. I would not put this much work into a knife I didn't care much for. I made each of these with the intent of carrying them. Some of them will NEVER be put back on the knife though. Sorry about that you ugly scales.