The Stretch 2 has been freshly updated with Brown G10 scales and skeletonized stainless steel liners. A four-way carry stainless hourglass clip, stainless lanyard tube, and stainless backspacer round out the upgraded look. This knife comes in with a little more heft than its lightweight predecessor, at 4.6 ounces, or around 1.4 ounces heavier.
Previous owners need not worry, as the Stretch 2 stays very true to the original design. Sal Glesser (Spyderco owner and designer) wanted an all around outdoors knife which could also be used for everyday indoor chores. This led to a flat ground, modified drop point blade, constructed of ZDP-189 steel chosen for its ability to hold an edge. The look of the knife was to be non-intimidating, and was kept to a reasonable size in order to achieve its goals. A back lock complete with a Boye detent not only makes closing the knife more comfortable, but also reduces the risk of accidentally closing the blade. We think the Stretch is an excellent choice for every day carry.
About ZDP-189: Developed by Hitachi, this steel boasts excellent edge retention. Our research shows many users reporting their knife staying considerably sharper than other knives using D2, 154CM and S30V. Most makers harden ZDP-189 above 60HRC with some going as high as 65-67HRC. The result is a harder blade which will hold an edge longer, but may be more brittle at higher hardness levels. A great steel for repetitive cutting and slicing, but not for prying or an improvised screwdriver. Despite being labeled a stainless steel, we recommend keeping the blade surface clean due to the high carbon content.
|Blade Material||ZDP-189 Powder Steel|
|Handle Material||Brown G10|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan|