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Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Postby Spydergirl88 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:54 am

The Stretch is not a popular model in the market, never has been. One of those knives that is misunderstood. However, The straight spine stretch is one of my all time favorite spyderco knives!
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Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Postby Wartstein » Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:57 am

Spydergirl88 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:54 am
The Stretch is not a popular model in the market, never has been. One of those knives that is misunderstood. However, The straight spine stretch is one of my all time favorite spyderco knives!

I know, never could really understand, but did assume it was due to the "funky" blade shape some do not like (I personally do like it!)
But I figured the straight spine would "fix" this...
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40

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Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Postby Capt'n Boatsalot » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:25 pm

Capt'n Boatsalot wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:15 pm
So I am carrying my straight spine Stretch exclusively through the end of the year to really find out if I like the design better than my old SB Stretch 1.
So to followup...

As I had planned, I carried the Straight Spine Stretch exclusively from about 12/21 through the end of the year. I never carry knives exclusively, so this was a different experience.

I definitely like this blade shape way better than I do the 'regular' profile. Not sure why, and I have no technical reason why I should prefer it. But, the similarity to the PM2, is definitely a correlating factor. The Stretch 2 handle shape works well for me, although I had no complaints with the older handle.

The edge was very finely ground, and VG-10 is an excellent steel for my actual usage. It stayed very sharp thought Christmas, dealing with plenty of boxes, plastic, and some food. Zero issues, and honestly, not needing to worry about corrosion was a great benefit.

I don't love that color, but also have no issues with it. (Some of the Rit Dye in previous posts are inspiring me!) Everyone I'm around knows I carry a knife, and so the less discrete ivory color was not an issue.

Overall, I'd certainly recommend picking this up if you like PM2 sized blades. This to me is a more durable (FRN, VG-10), and maybe less fussy version (backlock, and therefore less adjustment to get action dialed in) of the all-time great PM2.

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Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Postby Wartstein » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:31 pm

Capt'n Boatsalot wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:25 pm
Capt'n Boatsalot wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 11:15 pm
So I am carrying my straight spine Stretch exclusively through the end of the year to really find out if I like the design better than my old SB Stretch 1.
So to followup...

As I had planned, I carried the Straight Spine Stretch exclusively from about 12/21 through the end of the year. I never carry knives exclusively, so this was a different experience.

I definitely like this blade shape way better than I do the 'regular' profile. Not sure why, and I have no technical reason why I should prefer it. But, the similarity to the PM2, is definitely a correlating factor. The Stretch 2 handle shape works well for me, although I had no complaints with the older handle.

The edge was very finely ground, and VG-10 is an excellent steel for my actual usage. It stayed very sharp thought Christmas, dealing with plenty of boxes, plastic, and some food. Zero issues, and honestly, not needing to worry about corrosion was a great benefit.

I don't love that color, but also have no issues with it. (Some of the Rit Dye in previous posts are inspiring me!) Everyone I'm around knows I carry a knife, and so the less discrete ivory color was not an issue.

Overall, I'd certainly recommend picking this up if you like PM2 sized blades. This to me is a more durable (FRN, VG-10), and maybe less fussy version (backlock, and therefore less adjustment to get action dialed in) of the all-time great PM2.

Get it if you can!
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and thanks for the follow up!
Just for my preferences it is the "better PM 2"
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40

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Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Postby Spydergirl88 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:07 pm

Wartstein wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:57 am
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:54 am
The Stretch is not a popular model in the market, never has been. One of those knives that is misunderstood. However, The straight spine stretch is one of my all time favorite spyderco knives!

I know, never could really understand, but did assume it was due to the "funky" blade shape some do not like (I personally do like it!)
But I figured the straight spine would "fix" this...
I think the funky blade shape and price have a lot to do with it. The regular non-AFI customer sees the base model Endura and chooses it over the more expensive base model Stretch.
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Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Postby Wartstein » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:34 am

Spydergirl88 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:54 am
The Stretch is not a popular model in the market, never has been. One of those knives that is misunderstood. However, The straight spine stretch is one of my all time favorite spyderco knives!
Spydergirl, may I ask:

Since you are female I just assume you will have somewhat smaller hands than me (L to XL hands, 6.2" male)

Before I held a Stretch 2 (which the SS Stretch is) I could not imagine that the ergos of the Stretch 1 (one) could be made even better.
But still Sal managed to do so with the Stretch 2 (two)

How is this with smaller hands (should you have those)? Are the ergos still as perfect as they are for me on the Stretch 2 (SS Stretch)?
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40

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Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Postby Wartstein » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:36 am

Spydergirl88 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:54 am
The Stretch is not a popular model in the market, never has been. One of those knives that is misunderstood. However, The straight spine stretch is one of my all time favorite spyderco knives!

P.S.: You REALLY like the Straight Spine Stretch, right? (And I totally get that!)
Just realized you even changed your icon to a pic showing the SS Stretch... ;)
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40

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Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Postby Spydergirl88 » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:06 am

Wartstein wrote:
Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:34 am
Spydergirl, may I ask:

Since you are female I just assume you will have somewhat smaller hands than me (L to XL hands, 6.2" male)

Before I held a Stretch 2 (which the SS Stretch is) I could not imagine that the ergos of the Stretch 1 (one) could be made even better.
But still Sal managed to do so with the Stretch 2 (two)

How is this with smaller hands (should you have those)? Are the ergos still as perfect as they are for me on the Stretch 2 (SS Stretch)?
I have small hands and slim fingers. The Stretch 2's "palmswell" fits my hand perfectly and the blade's thumb-ramp supports my thumb very well (not too sharp of an angle) The finger choil locks in my forefinger better than many larger knives do (when I change my grip to "choke up"). It has been several years since I had a Stretch 1 so I do not remember the minute differences in ergos. I had a SE Stretch 1 and loved it but eventually sold it to buy another spydie (can't remember which one).

But I know that the Stretch 2 (for me) is wonderful. A handle design that fits my small hands and other's large hands. And a blade shape I prefer. I changed my avatar to show gratitude to Spyderco for continuing to listen to their customers and constantly improving their designs.
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Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Postby The Deacon » Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:29 am

Wartstein wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 11:49 am

Did not know that even in the US the SS Stretch is still in stock... wonder why this is, given it´s such a great model in a size category many like...

For ME personally it´s almost perfect so I can only speculate, why the sales are not super fast:

1. Steel: I love VG10 for a general EDC knife, but some consider it "inferior"?
2. Color: I also really like the Ivory color, but it probably is not a color for everyone?... and the knife sure a bit "flashy" in almost-white and with a shiny clip
3. (1.+2.): So some people might hope and hold out for more steel- and color variants in the future?
4. Some might be used to and expect that a sprint run is about materials (mostly steel of course) and not blade shape?
5. Just unawareness of the knife: A straight spine Stretch has been discussed in theory for a long time as far as I know.
But when it really "came to life" it was pretty "out of the blue", not a lot rumors and anticipation beforehand.
So maybe many non-forum-people still simply don´t know about this sprint... ?

Am sure some or all of those things are factors, but I think two other things come into play.

6. Sprints made outside the USA never seem to sell out as quickly as those made in Golden. It may be that Spyderco's Japanese makers still require a 1200 piece minimum order while Golden Sprint runs can be smaller, it may be the greater variety of "exotic" steels that Golden can offer. It may be that US made Sprints tend to balloon quickly in resale value, thus enticing flippers to buy multiples of them.

7. There are only so many folks who visit this forum and/or other venues where Spyderco has a presence and are aware of Sprints. There may be thousands of members here, but I'd bet money that fewer than 500 of them are active at any given time if you define "active" as "having logged on at least once in the past month". Unless a dealer showcases a Sprint on the front page of their website, a lot of customers, including some forum members, will never know it exists.
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