Spyderco Sage 5 C123CFPCL – G-10, Carbon Fiber Laminate


Spyderco Sage 5 C123CFPCL

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Spyderco’s Sage Series is a unique family of knives that showcases the innovative lock mechanisms that have helped define modern folding knife technology.

Every knife in the series features the same basic design parameters a full-flat-ground, leaf-shaped CPM S30V blade, an ergonomic handle design with textured forefinger choil and thumb ramp, and a reversible tip-up wire clip.

However, each knife is distinct in that it highlights a specific lock mechanism and acknowledges the trendsetting knifemaker or designer who invented it. A portion of the sale of every Sage Series folder is also donated to the National Alzheimer’s Association of Denver, Colorado.

The Spyderco Sage 5 C123CFPCL highlights Spyderco’s Compression Lock mechanism. Although often mistaken as a LinerLock on the back of the handle, the Compression Lock is radically different.
In a Compression Lock, the blade’s tang ramp faces upward toward the handle’s spine rather than toward the butt of the handle as in a LinerLock.

The lock bar is sandwiched between the ramp and the knife’s stop pin when the blade is opened. The pressure that challenges the lock is transferred to the width of the bar, not its length, and tries to crush it between the blade ramp and the stop pin.

This innovative mechanism is substantially stronger than most LinerLocks. Its location allows the knife to be safely closed with only one hand without placing your fingers in the path of the edge.

Showcasing one of Spyderco’s proudest contributions to modern knife technology, the Spyderco Sage 5 C123CFPCL is a competent all-purpose cutting tool. The skeletonized stainless steel liners that form the Sage 5’s lock framework are nested into textured carbon fiber/G-10 laminate scales.

Open-backed construction reduces the knife’s weight and allows easy cleaning, while a reversible deep-pocket wire clip provides convenient tip-up carry on either side of the body.

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Blade Material


Blade Finish


Blade Length

3 in.

Handle Length

4.17 in.

Overall Length

7.17 in.

Handle Material

Carbon Fiber, G-10

Knife Type

Manual Folding

Lock Type

Compression Lock


3.1 oz.



Carry Type

Ambidextrous, Tip up

Edge Type

Plain Edge