Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow

Review Last Updated: April 26, 2020

Alexander Herbert
Product Review by Alexander Herbert

Product Features

  • Limbs are Hard Maple with Black FiberGlass
  • Metal limb pocket design
  • Upgradable limbs
  • Suited to both left and right handed archers
  • Tool free takedown bow
  • Traditional style


Recurve bows have been around for thousands of years, and have been used for hunting and warfare since 450BC.

Many types of bow have experienced makeovers, but the design of the recurve bow hasn’t changed much at all over the years.

Samick is a Korean manufacturer of archery equipment, and its bows have won Korea’s Olympic archery team lots of medals. It’s also the manufacturer of choice for the Korean Archery Team, and for a good reason.

Keep reading for our review of one of Samick’s best creations, the Sage Takedown Recurve Bow, including a list of the features, and the pros and cons.


  • Great for beginners
  • No tools required
  • Several draw weights
  • Pre-installed bushings


  • Not the most lightweight recurve bow on the market, might be too large for youths

Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow Product Review

Samick certainly knows what they’re doing when making bows, and they’ve proven this yet again with the Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow.

You get the B-50 Bowstring and Arrow rest when you purchase this, but keep reading to see what else the Samick Sage has to offer.

Samick Bow Performance

As it’s such an affordable bow, you may think that the performance will match the price, but this isn’t the case with the Samick Sage.

The bow is surprisingly accurate, which is down to the overall length of the bow, which is notably larger than others in this bow category. As the bow is larger than others, it makes it easier for beginners to work on their posture and stance and is more forgiving to any rookie mistakes.

When you draw the bow, you’ll love how smooth the process is, with little to no vibration. You can change the draw weight from 25 pounds to 60 pounds, increasing in multiples of five. The higher the draw weight, the further and quicker you can shoot.

The string should last you thousands of shots, and when your skills increase, you can purchase a better string.

Takedown Recurve Bow Design

You’ll love the overall design of the Samick Sage. As it’s a takedown bow, it’s super portable and easy to carry around with you, and can be carried round in a much smaller case than a crossbow, for example.

If you’re not sure what a takedown bow is, the definition is in the name – you can take it down by removing the limbs. This also means the limbs are upgradeable, which is perfect if you’re transitioning from a beginner to a skilled archer and want to upgrade your limbs.

The limbs on this recurve are supremely well designed. Made from hard maple and coated with matte black fiberglass, they are extremely durable and should last you a long time.

There’s nothing worse than twisted, bent limbs – but this isn’t likely to be an issue with this well-designed bow. If you do experience any issues with the limbs, remember that you can easily get new ones!

This is a perfect bow to upgrade as your skills improve. The riser of the Samick Sage has been pre-drilled, meaning you can install an arrow rest, stabilizer, sight, and a quiver.

This bow looks like it’s straight from a fairytale with the traditional design. The wood and curved limbs are what gives this the fairytale-esque look. It’s a classical and majestic looking bow and you’ll certainly look the part of a bowman with the Samick Sage.

Takedown Bow Assembly

This bow isn’t difficult to assemble at all and doesn’t require tools to put together unlike many bows on the market.

It’ll take around ten minutes to get the Samick Sage ready to fire, even if you’re a beginner. Just slide the limbs into place, and once they’re in the correct position, simply tighten them together by twisting the knobs.


The Samick Sage Takedown Recurve Bow is perfect for beginners, as you can build on it and upgrade as your skill level rises.

Why We Love This Takedown Recurve Bow

Even experienced bowmen will appreciate the delicate craftsmanship used in the durable, stylish limbs and the sturdy riser.

With a variety of draw weight options, this bow is perfect for both hunting and target shooting, and you can change the draw weight for those harder to catch animals while hunting.

For such a low price, this recurve bow offers surprising power and accuracy, while looking like something straight out of Robin Hood.

What are your thoughts on the Samick Takedown Recurve Bow? Have you tried it out?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and don’t forget to share with your archery friends!

Looking for more recurve bow reviews?  Check out our Best Takedown Recurve Bow Reviews of 2020!

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Nathan Skyrme:

Hello internet. Welcome to Merlin’s Archery Adventures.

Grizzly Jim:

As the British summer is finally here, I thought I’d come outside and have a look at a bow I’ve been meaning to look at for absolutely ages. That’s the Samick Sage. Now I’m willing to bet if you go onto any internet archery forum and ask the question, “What is a good bow to get started in traditional archery?” Someone will fire back with Samick Sage without a shadow of a doubt. So we’re going to give this bow a good going over today and see how she handles. It very much is a beginner’s bow. It comes well under the £100 mark. You can get this on our website for about £90, I think. But for a cheaper end entry level bow, actually it looks quite nice. The razor is made of a hard maple and olive wood with hard maple limbs, with black glass on those.

Grizzly Jim:

The other thing I do quite like about this bow is the grip. Now, I do talk about grips quite a lot in my videos, and I quite like a low grip. I mean, this is a relatively low grip but it’s also a very slim grip. That’s another thing I like out of a grip. I like a slim grip. I don’t like big fat grips, I just can’t seem to get on with them, so that fits my hand quite nicely.

Grizzly Jim:

The other thing, it’s quite a versatile bow. It’s tapped for a pressure button if you wanted to put one of those in there. You could also attach a site if you wanted or a bow-mounted bow quiver if you wanted. It’s also tapped for short rod or a long rod if you wanted to put one of those in there. It’s got a nice generous shelf. I mean, I’ve got it set up to shoot directly off the shelf because that’s just the way I prefer to shoot. I’ve just got a simple Bear hair rest and stroke plate on there. So I’ve got that pretty much set up the way I want to shoot it. So I think we should just go and do exactly that. Let’s go shoot it and see what she’s like. See you in a bit.

Grizzly Jim:

Okay, so here we are on the range. I’m standing about 15, 20 yards away from the target, not too far. Let’s just send a few arrows down range and see how they fare. I’m using gold tip traditional carbons today, so let’s see how they go. They’re roughly the right sort of spine for the bow. So yeah, let’s just send a few arrows down and see how she holds up.

Grizzly Jim:

Again, I haven’t got round put a nocking point on this yet, so you’ll have to bear me. Okay, I mean, it’s a bit stiff towards the back end, I’ll be honest there. I think if you’ve got a long draw length, I think you’re going to struggle with this. I’m just over 28 and I hit a bit of a wall. Let’s send another one down and see what that’s like.

Grizzly Jim:

I mean, it went where I wanted it to and it’s a little bit lower than what I’m aiming at, but it’s going all right. Yeah, it does stack a bit. I’ll be completely honest that the bow does stack a little bit there but let’s just keep going. Let’s send another few down. I mean, I don’t know if you can hear it, to me it sounds like it could be a little bit noisy but I mean the bow [inaudible 00:03:38] seems about right. I mean, probably if I was a shooting this bow for any prolonged period of time, I’d probably put some or some little string silencers in there or something, tone it down a little bit. Yeah, I mean I’d go as far as saying, for the money, that doesn’t seem to be a bad shooting little bow.

Grizzly Jim:

It certainly puts them where I want it to. I mean, I’m so lucky to have been able to shoot some quite high level bows of late, you can tell the difference between an entry-level bow and a high end bow, you can tell the difference. But this, I mean it’s not horrible to shoot. It’s an accurate little shooter, I give it that. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting that much from it, but the grip’s quite comfortable. Certainly seems quick enough and it’s putting them in the right place. Let’s just do the last couple of arrows here and then we’re going to have a proper shoot with it, see what it can do.

Grizzly Jim:

Yeah, I mean, first impressions. Yeah, I mean the first thing that hit me really was the stack at the back. It does just seem to jump up quite quickly. Up until about 27, 28 inches, it’s actually fairly smooth. When you hit 28 plus inches, it does tend to want to stop a little bit.

Grizzly Jim:

Yeah, right. Well, first impressions are, it seems like a decent little bow actually for the money, bit of hand shock and it does stack towards the back. But I think what we need to do is shoot it properly. So we’ll go around the targets a little bit and try it at some different distances and then we’ll come back at the end and have a little chat. So I shall see you in a little bit.

Grizzly Jim:

So that has been the Samick Sage. In short, not a bad little bow for the money, I think, if I had to summarize. There are better bows out there, but they cost a lot more money and this is a really cheap entry-level bow that’s going to get you into traditional archery and I think that’s a good thing. Anything that can get anybody into traditional archery is a good thing. I mean, it actually shoots quite well. It certainly put them where I wanted it to go, or the arrows to go I should say, but there were some downsides. Like I mentioned before, it does stack after about 28 inches, it does ramp up quite a lot. So it’s not going to suit you if you’ve got a really long draw length.

Grizzly Jim:

The other downside to the bow is it does have a little bit of hand shock. Again, I think you could probably dampen it down with a Couple of string silencers. I mean, I was getting some real vibrations from the bow at one point but I realized, being a Dacron string, the string had stretched quite a lot so I put some twists in the string and increased the brace height and that seemed to improve that a little bit, but there was still a little bit of headshot but like I said before, for the money I think it’s not a bad little bow at all. Yeah, if you can pick up a bow and get shooting, then it’s perfect.

Grizzly Jim:

What I would like to try and do actually is, similar to what I did with the Buffalo and the Win & Win RCX, is shoot the Ragim Impala and see how they compare because I think they’re a fairly comparable bow. So I think yeah, we’ll do that. We’ll shoot the Ragim in a couple of weeks, hopefully and we’ll compare the two and we’ll see which one comes out on top because they are a comparable bow. But yeah, that has been the Samick Sage, I think I’ve covered everything. I’ve covered what … the bow length, which is 62 inches, poundages all the way from 25 pounds, all the way up to 15, five pound increments. But yeah, that has been the Samick Sage. I hope you found that useful. I’ve certainly enjoyed being out shooting it. It’s lovely to be out on such a nice day shooting a bow and arrow, it’s perfect. Well anyway, you take care, shoot straight and I’ll see you on the internet. Bye-bye.

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