bear71 wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 01, 2020 2:58 pm
It's interesting to see the discussion on a Military 2 with different lock, but for a new fan the current Military gets the job done just fine.
Have you tried a knife you didn't think you would like but been won over?
1.) Glad you´re one of those not by all means wanting the great (liner lock) Millie to become yet another comp. lock folder...
2.) Concerning your question: Two models come to mind:
At the time when I got my first Stretch 1, I already had an Endura and Delica, but did know almost nothing about Spyderco, it´s background, history or how certain models were perceived by "knife people" , was not aware of this forum and did not watch reviews and so on.
Just wanted to have a FRN VG10 model, sized between Endura and Delica, the Stretch 1 offered exactly that, but I was not expecting to really like it (at that time I thought it would look a bit strange)
But it "won me over" immidiately. Felt perfect in hand, offered a lot of edge in a very compact package, and the rather "funky" blade shape turned out to be the most versatile I ever had in a folder and very capable.
It was only later that I began to read and learn more about Spyderco, and also that the Stretch in fact is a very "personal" design of Sal Glesser (actually I learned only later who Sal Glesser is...
When I got this model I was just looking for a small Spyderco I could carry IWB when trail running, just to have a blade on me. I expected it to have inferior ergos due to being so small and thin, and that I would always be worried about damaging it´s super thin 2mm blade...
Boy, real life experience taught me differently!!
Now I love that little thing, it feels perfect and really comfortable and secure in my hand,and I came to value the often times superior cutting performance and still very good strength of thin blade stock even in "hard use" tasks.
What the thin Chap blade did also on the other hand: For me personally thick
blade stock in small
folders lost almost any appeal.
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40