Not Enough Love for The Stretch

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Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby dreadpirate » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:27 pm

Just a great all round knife for work.

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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby Evil D » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:30 pm

I think it's the best model coming out of Japan (of the typical FRN Seki models). I wish they'd make a SE/H1 Salt version and maybe a slightly bigger version.
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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby tvenuto » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:42 pm

There's enough. The model in this range that doesn't get enough love is the R, which is about the same size as the stretch, but follows the Delica more closely shape-wise. It's below the stretch:

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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby Daveho » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:07 pm

I’ve never actually held one

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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby bearfacedkiller » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:14 pm

Definitely not enough love for the Stretch. I also agree strongly that there is not enough love for the R model. Between the Stretch and the R model I dont really carry my Para2s anymore and they are just sitting in their boxes.

We need a Stretch with a straight spine and we need a G10 R model with an upgraded steel.

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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby wrdwrght » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:38 pm

Big slicer. Not a Police, but big enough. Well-built, with a graceful blade-shape. And, as some guy said, it’s a “tough hombre”. What’s not to love?

I have two Stretches (VG10 and ZDP189) and the G10 Stretch2 sprint (ZDP189).

I think I prefer the Stretch2’s new lines a bit more. When the next Stretch2 comes out in a steel other than VG10 or ZDP189, and one that is not cladded (gave away my SB Stretch; uneven grind lines drove me mad), I’ll be on it.

I’m not familiar with the R. What recommends it?

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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby knivesandbooks » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:44 pm

If tgey would put out another hap40 stretch2 or a serrated stretch 2 I will jump on that.

Personally, I feel like the centofonte 3 gets the least love.
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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby Slumblor » Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:24 pm

The Stretch is one of my favorites, great work knife and I think the size is perfect. It carries a lot smaller than you'd think too. I just picked up a Superblue Stretch recently after trying to find one for a while.

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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby Mushroom » Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:56 pm

I love the Stretch! Its another model I'd consider a "sleeper" just from how little you hear it being talked about compared to the Delica and Endura. The ergos are phenomenal and its one hell of a slicer! Definitely a performer!
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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby sal » Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:07 pm

Hey Darby,

We have an "experimental" straight spine Stretch in-the-works. We believe the "not enough love" for the model has been caused by either the drop point blade shape of the finger-choil. The Straight spine model still employs a finger-choil so it will narrow the concerns.

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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby Surfingringo » Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:21 pm

Love the stretch! The best ergos and most useful size of any of the Japan frn line IMHO. Count me as one who doesn’t really care for the rounded drop point though. It was enough to put me off buying one for awhile but I finally pulled the trigger a few years ago on the hap40 and fell in love with the design. I took care of the tip myself. With a little imagination, this should give an idea of what a straight spine stretch would look like. I will be a buyer for sure!

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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby Bloke » Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:35 pm

Evil D wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:30 pm
I think it's the best model coming out of Japan (of the typical FRN Seki models). I wish they'd make a SE/H1 Salt version and maybe a slightly bigger version.
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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby steelcity16 » Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:53 pm

Bloke wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:35 pm
Evil D wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:30 pm
I think it's the best model coming out of Japan (of the typical FRN Seki models). I wish they'd make a SE/H1 Salt version and maybe a slightly bigger version.
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The H1 Salt Stretch sounds good to me. As does a Mini Stretch Salt.
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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby zhyla » Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:54 pm

The choil is the thing that bothers me most, though I’m happy with this model overall. It’s just a little nerve racking to put your finger there since it’s such a shallow choil.

Apart from that, at $95 street price it’s got quite a bit of competition even though it’s on of spyderco’s better designs.

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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby sal » Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:58 pm

Hi Zhyla,

That's pne of the reasons I redesigned the model, modified the tooling, went through the additional expense and made the Stretch 2. Deeper finger choil, slightly longer handle with the "tail" or "butt" of the handle modified as well.

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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby tangent » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:29 pm

Hey Sal...I wonder how a salt model might fare..? It seems like a decent hunting/fishing design, so a salt model might be very practical for a lot of folks (LC200N).

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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby dreadpirate » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:30 pm

Mushroom wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:56 pm
I love the Stretch! Its another model I'd consider a "sleeper" just from how little you hear it being talked about compared to the Delica and Endura. The ergos are phenomenal and its one hell of a slicer! Definitely a performer!
YES! Exactly.

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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby MichaelScott » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:41 pm

Under appreciated for certain. I had one a few years back, second hand from a good eBay seller. I did not appreciate it then. I suspect the Stretch 2 is even more “sneaky great” as my son would say. As much as I like all of the elements and fine construction of the PM2 if I ever decide to get a bigger knife to use and carry frequently it would be a straight spine Stretch. I like choils.
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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby Bloke » Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:48 pm

Daveho wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:07 pm
I’ve never actually held one
I know your thinking about buying a PM2 but they’re not going anywhere and will be around for ever.

At under $US100 the V-Toku2 Stretch is a steal and perhaps worth consideration. :)
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Re: Not Enough Love for The Stretch

Postby Evil D » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:06 pm

I'm torn on the spine issue. I do prefer a straight spine but it's also a defining characteristic of this model. It seems kinda like sacrilege to change it. I'm all about a Salt version though, straight spine or not.
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