Albatross wrote: ↑
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:00 pm
The Stretch 2 is ok for most uses, but it was designed to be a folding hunter, if I'm not mistaken. The straight spine offers a more utilitarian blade shape, that isn't necessarily as task specific as the standard version. To be clear, for the Stretch fans, I'm not saying it's a bad knife or that it can't be used for the mundane, daily cutting tasks.
Having said that, the Stretch 2 is growing on me, after initially disliking the model. The straight spine is going to make the knife a real pleasure to use.
I think you´re right in that as far as I know the "origin" of the Stretch actually was a Spydie called "Hunter" and the Stretch 1 and 2 most likely still are great hunting folders (from what I hear, I am no hunter myself).
But as far as I understand, Sal actually developed an (EDC?-) folder to meet his personal preferences (just) based on that original "Hunter"-model (which does NOT mean that the current Stretch 2 is not a great hunting folder STILL probably).
I have to say:
The straight spine Stretch (2) really looks great and I am very tempted to get one (and that despite I prefer the shorter closed size, longer edge and ergos of the Stretch 1 over the Stretch 2)
Still, for me personally the "regular" Stretch blade shape is even MORE "utilitarian" than the straight spine version. In my personal "utilitarion" use, I prefer the a bit stronger tip (still acute enough, for being just very thin concerning blade stock at the tip). Plus, the "funky" shape of the "regular" Stretch blade with its "inward curve" gives the the thumb or index finger a unique and perfect spot to put on and push back against the spine in certain (by me) often used grip. I got very accustomed to that and like it a lot.
That being said: I really hope the straight spine Stretch will bring much more people to try and most likely appreciate this model. It has the same great ergos as the "regular" Stretch, and I am sure the rather unique very long totally straight section of edge that just towards the tip starts to curve and give you a good amount of belly there (I think most other Spydies (other than Wharnies), for example also the very similar sized PM2, have a more or less slight continous curve in the edge and very little to no totally straight edge).
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40