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I've read that most people don't like this knife as much as the Sage, yet it is more expensive. Does someone who owns it have an opinion about it? I have the titanium and the carbon fiber sage, is there any reason to pick up the chaparral?
I have both the Chaparral and the Sage, and I prefer the Chaparral. The Chaparral is actually about the same price, if not a little cheaper, when you compare the equivalent models (CF/G10 Chaparral is a little cheaper than the Sage1, this one is a little cheaper than the Sage2). While I somewhat prefer the liner lock of the Sage, I prefer the XHP to the S30V of the Sage series. The primary advantage, however, is how thin the blade stock is. The stock of the Chaparral is .079" thick, compared to the .125" of the Sage. Not only does this make it slice like a laser, it makes the knife very thin in pocket. That, combined with a slightly smaller overall profile and less pronounced "hump" on the blade, means it disappears into the pocket, something other Spydercos like the Sage tend to be less adept at.
Thank you for the info. I am a fan of smaller EDCs with my current favorite being the dragonfly 2. I am price investigating now, and I see that the carbon fiber chaparral can be had for around 98.00 bucks and free shipping. I'm thinking it is worth saving 60 bucks to go with that configuration instead. When I mentioned the Chaparral costing more, I had only looked at this offering and saw that it was more expensive than the two sages I had bought previously. I prefer the carbon fiber sage over the titanium, so I think that might be the case with the chaparral as well. Now that you have pointed out how "dainty" it is, I think I might need to get one. I like knives that disappear in pocket.
Haven't picked up a carbon fiber chaparral yet myself, however I think your comparison of this titanium chaparral to the titanium sage is completely unfair. The intricately detailed pattern on this knife blows away any other titanium scales ever made in my opinion. Truly something you have to see in person. And I'm obsessed with titanium scales. I really dislike the sage titanium version honestly. This knife is so perfect that you may be hesitant to carry it unless you have money to blow. Fear of its beauty would be the only reason to get the carbon fiber version I think.
I prefer a plain knife. I really wish I could get something simpler than the carbon fiber or the titanium, such as g-10 or aluminum. I'm aware that I am in the minority on that one.
I've got the stepped titanium version and its a beast! I carry it when I need a knife to carry on a night out, when carrying a paramilitary is out of the question.
Carrying a paramilitary is never out of the question :)
Try carrying one in slim slacks and call me back with your opinion :D
if you don't mind saying, where is the carbon fiber Chaparral available for $98 shipped? Thanks!
Ebay. Cheapest one with the same blade material. If you are willing to downgrade to s30v you can get one even cheaper on ebay.