Spyderco Stretch 2 review is another one in line with Spyderco knives. It lies in the mid-tier spectrum in folding knives, available in XL, lightweight, FRN, CPM and Sprint Run versions. It was launched after Stretch 1 with better and upgraded materials.

Many of the versions of Stretch 1 and Stretch 2 are now discontinued as Spyderco keeps upgrading its quality and performance standards. Currently, Spyderco is producing 6 variants of Stretch 2 and discontinued 3 variants. All of the current variants have drop-point blade shape because of their popularity and functional effectiveness.

Spyderco Stretch 2

Spyderco Stretch 2 FRN has straight spine with K390 Plain Edge blade (C90F2K390). It is specifically designed for outdoor and hunting use with minimal sharpening requirement. The Bohler K390 full-flat grind steel blade along with bi-directional textured FRN handle ensures a secure grip.

With an overall length of 8.14”, it falls between a mid-tier and XL knife. The blade covers 3.43” of this length, while the handle is 4.71”. The blade thickness is 0.118”, placing it on a beefy knife spectrum. At the same time, it weighs only 3.7 oz.

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Key Specifications of Spyderco Stretch 2

First Impression of Spyderco Stretch 2

I got the Spyderco Stretch 2 folder because it came with favorable steel and handle materials at a good price. It had very smooth edges, contoured handle and excellent finish right out of the box, which was impressive. You can totally show off this knife on your social media handles, as it is quite appealing. Although it has been around for long, this is our first experience with it.

Spyderco Stretch 2 K390 Folding Knife - First Impression,

It was a comfortable hold for a first timer. I especially like that it is almost a full-sized knife. With almost 4” of handle space, you can hold it in your entire hand most comfortably. It also leaves enough blade space to carry out cutting tasks. The edge is especially sharp, good for cutting through and slicing cardboard boxes, envelopes, and papers.

Spyderco Stretch 2 Review, Spyderco Stretch 2 first Impression

I have had prior experience with textured and contoured FRN handles, and they never disappoint. So I’m hoping that same would be the case in Spyderco Stretch 2. It matches a lot with the Paramilitary 2 and Para 3 knives.

Spyderco Stretch 2 Vs Para 2 Vs Para 3

As you can see, the similarities are quite clear. Stretch 2 may as well has been a lock back PM2, except with a slightly different profile and shape. The Stretch 2 is slightly straighter, which I like. The finger choil is also pretty much the same and comfortable.

Spyderco Stretch 2 vs paramilitary 2

I also liked the overall thickness of the knife profile. It is roughly the same as Para 3. It is not too thin or thick yet lightweight. It is also pretty easy to disassemble and clean, as with my experience with similar knives by Spyderco.

The thumb hole is bigger and very smooth to operate. It easily flicks open and close without any blade play. You can even flick it open without twisting your wrist too much, which I like.

The Blade of Spyderco Stretch 2

The K390 blade of Stretch 2 is a high-quality steel, close to Maxamet, which ranks at the highest level. Its edge stability exceeds CPM-M4. With a drop-point belly and straight spine, Stretch 2’s blade looks promising.

Chemical composition of K390 steel

Component Composition
Carbon 2.47%
Chromium 4.20%
Vanadium 9.00%
Molybdenum 3.80%
Cobalt 2.00%
Tungsten 1.00%
Silicon 0.55%
Manganese 0.40%

Advantages & Disadvantages of Bohler K390 for Stretch 2

Advantages of K390 on Stretch 2:

  • Excellent toughness
  • Optimal hardness
  • High wear resistance
  • Long Edge Retention

Disadvantages of K390 on Stretch 2:

  • Challenging to sharpen
  • A bit expensive
  • Hard steel (blade tip can break)

The high vanadium level adds to the toughness and wear resistance of the knife. It promotes carbides formation and allow for a super sharp edge. The hardness level of K390 measures up to 65HRC, making it a good knife to cut hard materials.

You can sharp the K390 of Stretch 2 with a standard whetstone like aluminum oxide stone. However, it could be challenging. But the good thing is that the sharpened edge will carry on for a longer period, and you can use it for various tasks before the need for sharpening arises.

Spyderco Stretch 2 blade
Spyderco Stretch 2 blade Review

The good thing is that the advantages of K390 exceed the disadvantages, making Stretch 2 a reliable knife.

The blade stock thickness matches that of an EDC knife. Its thickness is just right to carry out almost all kinds of outdoor and kitchen tasks.

Ergonomics of Spyderco Stretch 2

The FRN handle scale is very well contoured and textured to enable a comfortable and slip-free hold. Therefore, it is suffice to say that the ergonomics on Stretch 2 are great. That, combined with the handle size, Stretch 2 makes for the perfect gripping knife.

However, the blue texture may not be the best choice, as it can come off and show visible signs of wear. The black finish, on the other hand, is a better choice of finishing.

Ergonomics of Spyderco Stretch 2
Ergonomics of Spyderco Stretch 2

At the same time, Spyderco has left a small section of the handle without texturing right where the 4-position ambidextrous pocket clip lies. It is so that when you hang the knife from the pocket, it does not shred the cloth material in the process.

The silver skeletonized liners run the length of the entire handle of Stretch 2. It goes in all the Spyderco Stretch 2 variants, including lightweight versions. This adds rigidity to the handle without adding extra weight and making it feel bulky.

There is also a lanyard hole at the base of the handle with pivot phosphorus bronze washers that are always appreciated. They are corrosion resistant and can last the length of the life of the knife. The bronze washers also add rigidity to the knife’s pivot, making the knife streamlined in design.

Spyderco Stretch 2 Pocket Clip
Spyderco Stretch 2 Pocket Clip

The fit and finish also aligns with the knife’s design, and is as good as it can get. However, there are a couple of drawbacks: firstly, the meeting point of the two scales at the back of the handle has uneven areas.

Secondly, the chamfering on the inner edge of the scale is missing, leaving sharp edges and a blade that is not perfectly straight. It could be a turn off for some knife enthusiasts, therefore, worth mentioning. However, it is good enough for me at this price point.

Deployment and Lockup of Spyderco Stretch 2

The lockback is the classic folding knife locking mechanism, easy to operate and is a favorite among knife collectors and enthusiasts. The fact that it is as simple as opening the blade manually with the thumb hole is what makes it a great lock choice. Other locking mechanisms such as the R.I.L takes some getting used to like Spyderco Swayback which I reviewed few days earlier.

The backlock works smoothly on Spyderco Stretch 2. However, it can add to the overall price of the knife depending on the kind of steel. The K390 certainly fits the bill with $150.

Spyderco Stretch 2 deployment & locking mechanism review
Spyderco Stretch 2 deployment & locking mechanism review

When locking the blade, it fits smoothly and evenly between the liners without absolutely no blade play no matter how you open and close the knife. Unlocking the knife is just as easy.

Spyderco uses the Boye Detent in the lock bar, which is just an indent. It helps when pushing the lock down to disengage it. However, the only drawback is that the blade may slightly move sideways after opening it.

Field Test of Spyderco Stretch 2

Spyderco Stretch 2 is hardly a knife to keep for collection purposes. It is meant to be used if you want to take full utility of the knife. So, we tested the knife in the field using various methods.

We started off by cutting pieces of cardboard, and the action was the smoothest. You can see that the knife cut very smooth edges of the cardboard without breaking a sweat. The knife required minimal pressure, as the blade was sharp and the handle was quite grippy.

Spyderco Stretch 2 cardboard cutting test
Spyderco Stretch 2 cardboard cutting test

We continued carrying on with the task for a longer period, without the Stretch 2 giving way. It proved to be an excellent knife to work with boxes and paper around the house and in the office.

With the easy locking mechanism, we were able to flick it open and close continually with one hand without having any trouble. It also slip easily and quickly in and out of the pocket, and the pocket clip finishing and texture was well done, allowing it to be discreet.

We also used the knife wearing gloves and in freezing cold weather. It did not disappoint there as well.

The edge of the blade being thinner on one side than the other proved to be slightly varying in precise cuts. Although, it does not hinder the cutting performance, it can easily be countered with smart sharpening technique, and some savvy sharpening tools and experience. You can also consult an expert to get your knife sharpened in the best possible way.

Spyderco Stretch 2 wood chips test
Spyderco Stretch 2 wood chips test

It was also able to cut the wood chips in fine thinner pieces without any trouble.

Spyderco Stretch 2 lanyard cutting test
Spyderco Stretch 2 lanyard cutting test

I also cut the lanyard or say chop lanyard string in small pieces as if I’m chopping chilies and did it with easy.

Comparing: Spyderco Stretch 2 Vs Paramilitary 2

Stretch 2 vs Para Military 2

Comparison between Spyderco Stretch 2 and Paramilitary 2 is inevitable in Spyderco Stretch 2 review. The profile of the two knives is very similar, except with a few differences.

The Paramilitary mostly comes in VG-10 blade with G10 handle scales, with its exclusive variants available in Sprint Runs and Cru-wear.

Although the VG-10 is a good blade, the K390 falls at a higher price point than VG-10. Similarly, G-10 scales are as common and popular as FRN handle scales. The difference is that FRN is much more lightweight. But the advantage of G-10 is that you can use it in various forms, even as a lamination over titanium handles.

Spyderco Paramilitary 2 is made in US, whereas Stretch 2 is made in Japan. Moreover, PM 2 comes with a compression lock and tip-up/down carry position as opposed to 4-position on Stretch 2.

Even with these differences, the two knives are equally good in composition and performance. You can easily choose any one of them. I have personally used both and none of them disappointed me. We have also posted a complete review of Paramilitary 2 here for your comparison.

Spyderco Stretch 2 Vs Spyderco Paramilitary 2
Spyderco Stretch 2 Vs Spyderco Paramilitary 2

Comparison: Spyderco Stretch 2 Vs Stretch 1

Stretch 2 vs Stretch 1

Although Stretch 1 is now discontinued and replaced by Stretch 2, we want to see the improvements made by Spyderco in Spyderco Stretch 2 review. One difference is that instead of tip-up/down carry position, Stretch 2 now has 4-position ambidextrous pocket clip.

Another one is adding K390 blade on Stretch 2 as opposed to ZDP-189, HAP40/SUS410, and VG-10. The K390 is definitely an improvement.

However, these upgrades required a raise in price. Stretch 1 ranged between $100 and $150, while Stretch 2 upped the game by $300. I think it was worth it, as we can clearly see the improvements.

Therefore, Stretch 2 clearly comes out on top material and performance wise.

Spyderco Stretch vs Spyderco Stretch 2
Spyderco Stretch vs Spyderco Stretch 2

Concluding Thoughts on Spyderco Stretch 2 Review

Spyderco Stretch 2 review has had pretty some the same impressions from start till end. It is a promising knife with superior blade and handle ergonomics. It is perfectly-sized for EDC tasks. Our field test was a success. The Stretch 2 performed exceptionally in cutting paper, cardboard and wood with precise cuts.

When compared with Paramilitary 2, the two knives fall on the same dimensions. Whereas, when compared with Stretch 1, Stretch 2 is the better choice. Therefore, I would recommend Stretch 2 as a fully-functional practical EDC knife.

Spyderco Stretch 2 Review

Pros & Cons of Spyderco Stretch 2


  • Exceptional K390 edge retention

  • Tough and resilient

  • Corrosion resistant

  • Ergonomic FRN handle

  • Ambidextrous opening


  • Sharpening K390 can be challenging

  • Pricey due to K390 blade

  • 3.43-inch blade might be too small for some

Frequently Asked Questions

Spyderco Stretch 2 is an excellent high-performing EDC folding knife that gets the job done. It is worth its price and offers a lot of utility.

Spyderco para 3 is an EDC folding knife by Spyderco, manufactured by Sal Glesser in Golden, Colorado.

Spyderco is one of the top and leading knife manufacturers in the US. It stands out in competition with Benchmade with superior performing knives and its trademarked round hole.

The Spyderco Stretch 2 is an upgraded variant of Spyderco Stretch 1 EDC folding knife with upgraded performance levels and materials.