casey1 wrote:I hear very often that the Stretch is a fantastic EDC, while the Manix 2 is a good EDC, but is very heavy and overbuilt, making it better for SD. But in the "Show your EDC" thread, we see lots of Manix's and rarely a Stretch. Do people not like to carry the Stretch? Is the Manix the favorite simply for style points? Just curious as I want to purchase one of them as my next knife.
This is a very good observation and question. I had the blue ZDP-189 Stretch and carried it a lot when I first got it. It is a great knife and useful for all kinds of tasks. I never used it and thought I needed something else instead. As time went on and I got other knives I carried it less and less even though my opinion of the knife never lessened. One day I decided to sell some knives that I never used to fund new ones. The Stretch fell into the category of very seldom used but one I would never sell because I really loved it and all it's features. I still picked up something else every day though.
Eventually, I did sell the Stretch because it became apparent that the knife was feeling abandoned and useless and might be happier in another home.
The Manix2 is another knife that I love but don't carry often for my EDC needs. I still love it just as much as the Stretch but for EDC it's a little too big. I like it as a tool box/belt knife more.
The knives I have ended up with loving and using
are the Manbug (either) or Jester and the Chaparral for smaller knives. For a larger stronger knife I like the Sage4 and Gayle Bradley.
There are also obvious other choices that I have not owned or used. One big one is the Para2. Another is the D'fly. These are big time favorites that were always in the running but never crossed the finish line first when I made a decision to buy.
I compliment you Casey1 on your observation because a picture (what is carried) is worth a thousand words (what is talked about).