This Stretch 2 Lightweight folder revives the original design, with a longer handle and refinded ergonomics. It features black FRN scales over a stainless steel frame with a VG-10 steel blade.
The new Stretch 2 delivers a lightweight hunting folder, with full skeletonized stainless steel liners, a stainless steel back spacer, textured FRN scales, and a tube lanyard hole. It has a VG-10 steel blade, a stout back lock mechanism with a Boye Dent, and a versatile four-position hourglass clip.
The Spyderco Stretch started as a pet-project lockback knife design. Spyderco’s owner and chief designer Sal Glesser made it for his personal use, incorporating features he wanted. He wanted high performance blade steel with edge retention super-powers for outdoor cutting: things like wood, rope and anything encountered in the wild. It had to work equally well indoors on cardboard, mail and fingernails. He sized it so it wouldn’t scare non–knife people and made it look slick on the off chance he’d someday have to wear a suit.
I have collected high end for 25 years. This is a design masterpiece .The spyderco hole riding high maximizes steel thickness over and under the hole for lateral strength. The curve on the spine provides a very comfortable thumb ramp during maximal choke up. The same spine curve creates a mutated Bowie tip for outstanding penetration. Just the right amount of blade belly. The wider back handle is a dream in the palm. VG -10 is really outstanding steel. Steel comparison charts can be misleading. Rockwell 58 may be ranked 5 and Rockwell 62 may be ranked 10, but 58 is not half as hard as 62. A VG -10 knife can last a professional chef a lifetime. Good enough for me.
You know that plastic that they package electronics in that seems to take 30 mins to open? This knife cuts through stuff like that like it was butter. The full flat grind and belly on this blade make it an excellent slicer. VG10 has great edge retention and rust resistance. The FRN handles makes this knife very light. Build quality: 5 stars Materials: 3 stars Aesthetics: 3 stars Personal likability: 4 stars
The Stretch 2 is very versatile, has a great belly for exceptional cutting power, and it feels great in hand. VG-10 takes a beautifully keen edge and has great corrosion resistance, which makes this knife amazing for daily use, especially considering how lightweight this model is.
Ended up sending the Endura back as it was just big enough to feel awkward opening and closing the knife. The Stretch is just about the perfect large edc blade and fits the hand so well, with no real need to use the forward finger choil. If you’re in the market for a large lock back Spyderco working knife, the Stretch is a great option.