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I'd like to address a few questions/comments I noticed in regards to the build quality of the Sage II...
i) Despite being made in Taiwan, the Sage II is of exceptionally high build quality. The locking mechanism is near-perfect, and the overall construction of the knife is flawless. I prefer my knives being made in the USA or here in Canada, but there's no sense in disregarding the Sage II's quality merely because it's made in Taiwan. If you choose to do so, that's your loss.
ii) Titanium scales are prone to scratching, but functionally-speaking you're never going to run into any sort of issue because of minor scratching. This is a working man's knife-- not some collectible knife you keep locked up in a safe. It'll hold up in the toughest conditions-- just don't be an idiot and use it as a pry tool (don't do that with any knife actually).
iii) A knife's blade steel and ergonomics are what people should prioritize. Fortunately that leaf-shaped CPM S30V blade will hold an edge for an extremely long time and cuts like butter, assuming you have the patience to sharpen the blade properly. Ergonomically-speaking, I hate admitting this but the Sage II feels better in my hand than my (more expensive) Benchmade 940. It's got a nice wide shape that fits wonderfully in the palm and the wire pocket clip is surprisingly durable.
Anyway, I'd say if you were to choose just one EDC knife, the Sage II is a safe bet at a great price. I enjoyed mine so much that I bought my brother a Sage II as well and he loves it. Hope this helps-- I won't be buying a 3rd but I just wanted to clarify things for people looking to buy this knife. Cheers eh.
What's your opinion on this vs the Spyderco Native Titanium? I'm planning to grab that on the next drop hmm. Also would you know if these get seized at customs in Canada?
Believe it or not, but I find that the stuff coming out of their Taichung facility is actually a notch or two better than their US made knives. It's seriously quality
I agree. I have a chaparral from Thaichung and a native from Colorado - the chaparral feels ever so slightly better quality. I compare them both because the chaparral feels like a smaller native.