I am not a collector at all in the sense of just storing, and sometimes looking at knives. Nothing wrong with that, but just not for me, all my knives are users, and I even wished I´d have more opportunities for using them.
So the thought of having a knife just lying around in it´s box, never getting carried, looking like new for month and month has been very strange for me for the longest time.
Till I lost my Stretch 1 (VG10) around March or April 2018.
The model was already discontinued at that time, and only the Stretch 2 available any more.
I like the Stretch 2, but the Stretch 1 is the knife I really can´t imagine NOT having in my pocket several times a week.
Like it is probably quite often in life, I fully realized how much I love this model even more so when it was gone, and I could not find a replacement.
I was even less into online-stuff then as I am now, so I did not have to many sources or ideas where to get another Stretch 1.
I mailed to dealers all around the world, but for the longest time I did have no luck. Stretch 1 was no longer in stock anywhere, except a few ebay dealers, and those were not willing to ship to Europe, though I offered them to pay high prices for that (now I found a way of shipping knives to an US postal adress and then have them forwarded to Europe, but I was not aware of that method in 2018).
I even had an extended email exchange with a sales person from a dealer in the Philippines: They HAD the Stretch 1 in stock, but would only ship domestically. I tried to convince the lady, that I´d send her money, she would buy the knife by herself and ship it to me privately. No way..
Eventually (after MONTH!) I managed to get another Stretch 1 VG10 (for a ridiculously high price, but it was worth it for me without any doubt).
Then, since I love my HAP 40 Endura, I got a Stretch 1 in that steel too, when I found one on ebay.
And now, finally the point of this thread
When a very kind forum member some month ago pointed me to a dealer who actually had the Stretch 1 (VG10) still in stock for a very good price, I bought my one and only backup ever,the one and only knife I have twice in the exact same version, and the one and only knife that sits in its box just in case the day would come when I (heaven forbid!) loose my Stretch 1 VG10 user once more...
How is it with you all? Do you have backups for knives? Generally? Or only of models that would not be available anymore should you loose the one you have?
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40