(EDIT: Just realized, what is really interesting for me concerning my below question "If you could only have/own TWO Spyders":
Not necessarely the particular two models, but even more so what different approaches people might take in that scenario:
More practical, so for example "A short and a long user" or "One PE, one SE" or "One slicer, one"beater"";
Or maybe more like "One user and one pretty collectors piece"; Maybe even ONE model in two different steels /handle materials. and so on...)
Which Spyderco it would be if you could just own ONE model is discussed and thought about quite often, but what if you could have (only) TWO?
(and I am really talking about OWNING only two knives, not CARRYING)
Makes you think in a whole different way:
While when restricted to only ONE model people would maybe choose some "middle ground" concerning blade length, steel properties (toughness,edge retention and so on), with TWO models one could choose a long and a short, or a tough and a hard for example
Also it´s interesting that maybe your number TWO would come to mind immidiately and be a model you´d never choose as your ONLY knife, but it´s great as a second one, while it´s hard to pick the actual number one...
For me, at the moment it´s clear, that the Chaparral LW would be one of the two knives I´d want to have if I could only have TWO (though it NEVER could be my only
knife, but it´s a great addition to a longer blade)
For the second (or actually the real number one) it would be a hard battle between Endura 4 and Stretch 1, as well as between HAP40 and VG10...
I think since I already had a short blade in the Chap, I´d go with the Endura, for it´s a little longer than the Stretch... (while for my one and only knife I´d probably go with the Stretch 1..)
And I´d probably choose HAP40 over VG10, though that´s a tough one, since VG10 is so fun and easy to sharpen on the Sharpmaker.
What would be your TWO choices?
Top three going by pocket-time: Endura 4 in VG 10/Micarta-scales; Stretch 1 in VG 10; Endura 4 in HAP 40