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Para 3 Lightweight or Sage 5?

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by gillmanjr, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. gillmanjr


    Jul 27, 2017
    Hey guys. My three most recent knife purchases were very similar in terms of sizes - Kershaw Skyline, WE Rectifier, and just a few days ago the Benchmade Bugout. All of these have nearly identical blade lengths, overall lengths, thicknesses, etc. I love all of them but I think the Bugout might be a damn near perfect EDC. I really find this size knife to be perfect for EDC (right around 7" overall and 3" blade).

    Staying within this size bracket I am trying to figure out my next buy between the Para3 LW and the Sage 5. I already own a Para 2 but don't carry it as much because of the size. I assume there must be a few people on here who own both the Para 3 LW and the Sage 5. Which do you prefer?
  2. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 12, 2009
    I don't have the Sage, but I love my P3 LW.
  3. Cscotttsss

    Cscotttsss Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 3, 2015
    I love my Para 3 LW, and it's actually been giving my Bugout a run for pocket time.

    Although in the long run I think I still prefer the axis lock vs. compression when comparing these two office or lightweight carries.
    But, I think you'll love the Para 3, it's just so great with that amazing wire clip.

    I don't own nor have ever handled a Sage 5 but plan on grabbing the new yet to be released LW version when it arrives in stores.
  4. cashville

    cashville Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 12, 2017
    To complicate things even more, I believe they are coming out with a Sage 5 LW
  5. gillmanjr


    Jul 27, 2017
    Didn't know that. Do you know when?
  6. cashville

    cashville Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 12, 2017
    @gillmanjr Im not sure when, but I know Spyderco is pretty committed to releasing models within 3 months of announcing them now, so I wouldn’t think it should be too long
  7. gillmanjr


    Jul 27, 2017
    You're right, I forgot about that but I remember hearing it. I think this just made my decision easier - I'm going to preorder the Sage 5 LW.
  8. JimMD

    JimMD Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2017
    It should be a great knife. Slightly lighter than the original and a lot cheaper. The Sage 5 is quite a bit thinner behind the edge than the Para 3, and the ergonomics are really nice.
  9. soc_monki


    Apr 5, 2019
    The Sage is nice, but I prefer my para 3s (standard and lightweight). I just never carry the Sage, just prefer the ergos of the paras. You may prefer the Sage though, they're very similar, and the Sage is a quality piece. I just need to find a good home for mine I guess since I never use it lol
  10. David Richardson

    David Richardson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2018
    You probably need to hold both. Similar in size but different ergos. The Para 3 is a nice knife and I have 2 of them. My Sage gets more pocket time. Better ergos for me and slicier blade. I prefer the steel in my Para 3s to S30V and still carry the Sage more often. It's really about what fits you and not what others like. Both great knives and I'm sure you'd enjoy either one.
  11. uxo2

    uxo2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2013
  12. gillmanjr


    Jul 27, 2017
    Eventually I'll probably have both.

    FYI guys I already have a Para 2 so I am familiar with the ergos. I realize the 3 is smaller but I would imagine it feels similar. The thinner and slicier blade on the Sage 5 is why I am leaning towards it. I also prefer the blade shape to the para series. I don't mind the pointy blade on the para 2 and 3 but I want something different.

    Also, pricing is up on bladeops for the Sage 5 LW - it is currently listed for $123.00. I'm assuming all sites will be similar or the same. Thats not bad for an S30V knife.
  13. Colorodo

    Colorodo Gold Member Gold Member

    May 23, 2014
  14. David Richardson

    David Richardson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2018
    Agree. I like the Native blade shape. Also thicker than the Sage and not as easy to open or close. Another great EDC knife.

    I don't have the fluted CF but wish I did.
  15. Spydergirl88


    Dec 3, 2015
    Para 3 Lightweight is $32 cheaper than the Sage 5 Lightweight
  16. gillmanjr


    Jul 27, 2017
  17. dakota


    Oct 3, 1998
    My understanding is that the Sage 5 LW will be the first to have their new bushing pivot. I really like the idea of that in the FRN line.
  18. Chalet

    Chalet Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 23, 2013
    I love the Para 3, haven’t had a Sage (I’d like one though). Para 3 lw is probably one of my favorites they’ve ever made. Excited for any others they might do in the future.

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