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Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:18 am
by The Deacon
Found this on my front porch this morning...

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Would have been a very pleasant suprise whenever it arrived, all the more so when Romeo dragged me out of the house at 5:30 am on this bitterly cold for mid November in SC day for his morning constitutional. Didn't have my reading glasses with me, so I had no idea who the package was from or what was in it until we got back home. Opened it up and was overjoyed.

I think the ivory FRN looks great, I like it much better than the stark white used on the Tom Sachs Delica, Endura, and D'fly some years back. I suspect it's also still light enough that those who prefer another color can RIT dye it just about any shade they wish. And, as much as I've always liked the Stretch blade shape, I think the straight spine version is extremely attractive.

For those who were concerned that the straight spine blade would add to the weight, and despite what the catalog says, it does not. The black FRN VG-10 Stretch 2, BRG FRN ZDP-189 Stretch 2, and this version all weight exactly the same 106 grams, 3.75 oz. on my scale. I don't claim my scale is 100% accurate, only that it's 100% consistent. The actual weights may be a gram or two lighter, or heavier, but the main point is that they're all identical.

Sincere thanks Sal, for this beautiful addition to my Stretch family.

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:22 am
by Wartstein
That's great!! Thanx for sharing! :)

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:23 am
by Mushroom
Thats really awesome, congrats Paul! :D

Hope you enjoy it. I'm definitely looking forward to this one, so I'm happy to see them starting to roll out!

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:27 am
by cycleguy
Here we go again ... likely another Spyderco I'll have to own.

Very cool knife you got there D.

CG

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:29 am
by JuPaul
Now the question is: how will you be able to use it without rubbing off Sal's note to you?? ;) :D

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:32 am
by wrdwrght
JuPaul beat me to it. Well deserved, Paul.

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:54 am
by The Deacon
JuPaul wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:29 am
Now the question is: how will you be able to use it without rubbing off Sal's note to you?? ;) :D

Like porcupines make love, very carefully. ;) :D

Seriously, been carrying it this morning, did use it once to cut open a plastic bag when I got home from grocery shopping. Will probably carry it, but use something else, until the ones I have on pre-order arrive. At that point this one will go in the display case, and I'll carry and use one of thsee.

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:07 am
by Mushroom
I believe the signature and inscription are hand engraved on the blade and should be as permanent as the laser marks! :D

Regardless, I don’t think anyone would blame you for keeping that one pristine and proudly on display! I would most likely do the same! :D

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:17 am
by Dazen
Now that’s pretty cool! Once again I’m impressed by Sal and Spyderco!

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:23 am
by Pancake
Very nice, another great piece from Sal and crew!
I like bigger knives a bit better, but maybe........I give it a shot.

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:33 am
by bearfacedkiller
Congrats Paul!!! Enjoy!!!

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:40 am
by steelcity16
Pretty cool Paul! Congrats! Looking forward to getting my hands on the new Stretch. Perhaps one day there will be a Dodofly with Sal's signature on my doorstep! :D

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:42 am
by Wartstein
Pancake wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:23 am
Very nice, another great piece from Sal and crew!
I like bigger knives a bit better, but maybe........I give it a shot.
Just for your info: The Stretch has virtually the exact same size as PM2 and Endela. In blade-, edge- and handlelength.
For me still a smaller knife ("regular" for me is Endura size), but not TOO small...

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:02 am
by Pancake
Wartstein wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:42 am
Pancake wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:23 am
Very nice, another great piece from Sal and crew!
I like bigger knives a bit better, but maybe........I give it a shot.
Just for your info: The Stretch has virtually the exact same size as PM2 and Endela. In blade-, edge- and handlelength.
For me still a smaller knife ("regular" for me is Endura size), but not TOO small...
Thank you for info my fellow Austrian knife enthusiast.

Well that's a little smaller then I like my knives, around 4 inches is a sweetspot.

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:08 am
by Wartstein
Pancake wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:02 am
Wartstein wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:42 am
Pancake wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:23 am
Very nice, another great piece from Sal and crew!
I like bigger knives a bit better, but maybe........I give it a shot.
Just for your info: The Stretch has virtually the exact same size as PM2 and Endela. In blade-, edge- and handlelength.
For me still a smaller knife ("regular" for me is Endura size), but not TOO small...
Thank you for info my fellow Austrian knife enthusiast.

Well that's a little smaller then I like my knives, around 4 inches is a sweetspot.
Yes, the Stretch 1 was "better" in that regard (shorter closed length, but still more edge than Stretch 2 or PM2).

But: EVERYBODY needs some version of the Stretch! Amazing ergos, plus backlock... :D

/ Did I already know that you're from Austria too?? :)
The rather new member "Coffeetron" and the "Oldtimer" Peter 1960 are !!

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:22 am
by JuPaul
Mushroom wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:07 am
I believe the signature and inscription are hand engraved on the blade and should be as permanent as the laser marks! :D

Regardless, I don’t think anyone would blame you for keeping that one pristine and proudly on display! I would most likely do the same! :D
Oh ha! I thought it was written on with a wax pencil or something. But either way, I'd sure keep in on display! :p

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:02 pm
by Pancake
Wartstein wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:08 am


Yes, the Stretch 1 was "better" in that regard (shorter closed length, but still more edge than Stretch 2 or PM2).

But: EVERYBODY needs some version of the Stretch! Amazing ergos, plus backlock... :D

/ Did I already know that you're from Austria too?? :)
The rather new member "Coffeetron" and the "Oldtimer" Peter 1960 are !!
I could imagine 4 inch Stretch, that would be so sweet, and of course with straight spine.

Off topic: I am not exactly from Austria, but since my country has a border with yours, I feel like a neighbor :D

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:23 pm
by anycal
Very nice! Pre-ordered mine when they were first available. Hopefully they will be out soon.

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:53 pm
by Sumdumguy
Can't wait to get this one. If nothing else, I want the scales!

Re: Straight Spine Stretch

Posted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:20 pm
by thewoodpecker
Still kicking myself for not getting the Stretch 1 when it was around. Will definitely get this version. Straight spine + ergos for the win. Would love to see a run in K390! :eek: