The Stretch is a great folding kitchen knife. In this category, it knocked my beloved Military, Paramilitary and Chinese folder of their crown. The Stretch has a flat grind, but the blade is much more polished which translates into a much sharper knife (by feel). There is hardly any food sticking to your blade, just like in those TellSell infomercials over here
. You will also feel the effect of this blade polish on more mundane things like string, tape, potato chip bags and other everyday stuff. The semi-skinner blade shape allows you to bring a lot more edge to the cutting board, compared to the Military for example. The Stretch also has more point, compared to the Chinese Folder, which is better for cutting steaks. In my case, I used to be a certified butcher and I always ask my butcher not to clean my steaks since I enjoy to do that myself in the weekend, and I think I can do it better anyway
! Cutting-wise, this knife certainly is the Calypso Sr.
The Stretches blade tip is thicker than the Military’s, so I used for prying and cutting the lids of heavy cardboard boxes at work, the ICT people always like to see me with a new knife. I am the only ‘suit’ in our office that occasionally comes down the ICT department to help them clean up their boxes. Well they call it cleaning, I’m testing blades! The serrations in the choil, coupled with the shape of the handle’s butt, make the stretch the most secure and comfortable upside down cutter of all the Spydies I own. Often you are cutting with the edge facing up, when carefully opening a package for example. This knife will do that very safely, because you thumb rests securely against the serrations in the choil. I think this is a typical hunter-grip, for skinning or caping for example. In addition, it’s nice to see the “Military-size” hole becoming a standard on all of Spyderco’s hard-use knives. The thumb serrations on the blade’s spine are the same that can be found on the Paramillie, Chinook II and Native III. It took a while for me to get used to them, but they do offer a good grip without being too sharp for your finger or your pocket.