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Spyderco C90PGRE Stretch Folding Knife 3.5" ZDP189 Plain Blade, British Racing Green FRN Handles

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Part Number: SP90PGRE
Manufacturer: Spyderco Knives
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SP90PGRE: C90PGRE Stretch Green FRN ZDP-189
Spyderco is one of only a handful of production knife companies producing Japanese ZDP-189 steel blades. Because of its high cost and chart topping cutting quotient, most companies offer ZDP-189 blades only on collectible or very high-end pieces. Spyderco believes using high performance exotic steels on a working everyday carry knife makes more sense. If you use and abuse it, why not own a lightweight, ergonomic folder with the best blade steel available?

Japanese ZDP-189 steel is manufactured by Hitachi using powdered metal technology. 3% of its component composition is pure carbon making the blade harder and one of the most edge retentive alloys in the knife industry. The Stretch has a modified drop-point profile, ground thin and fully-flat with an arced belly. Its British Racing Green injection molded FRN (fiberglass reinforced nylon) handle is surfaced with Bi-Directional Texturing?. When the texturing meets the palm, it creates tactile resistance to sliding or slipping in wet or slippery cutting circumstances.

Steel pocket clip screws into pre-drilled holes on both sides and both ends of the knife for four possible carry options: left/right-handed and tip-up or tip-down.
  • Blade Length: 3.5" (89 mm)
  • Cutting Edge: 3.188" (81 mm)
  • Overall Length: 7.938" (202 mm)
  • Closed Length: 4.438" (113 mm)
  • Blade Thickness: 0.125" (3 mm)
  • Handle Material: British Racing Green FRN
  • Blade Steel: ZDP-189
  • Weight: 3.4 oz. (95 g)
  • Made in Japan

UPC Code: 716104007301

The original locking mechanism. It can be found mid spine or at the bottom of the handle, and it provides tight lockup that will wear well.
Pocket Clip
Pocket Clip
Includes a pocket clip for easy accessibility and a more secure carry.
Made in Japan
Made in Japan
The exotic steel Capital of the World, Japan produces and innovates some of the best products, from pocket to kitchen knives and everything in between.
Zytel Handles
Zytel Handles
A nylon polymer that is lightweight and extremely durable, Zytel can be shaped and textured to provide excellent grip.
ZDP-189 Steel
ZDP-189 Steel
Has an extremely high carbon and chromium content allowing for exceptional sharpness and durability. With this hardness comes decreased corrosive properties.
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5 out of 5
Oct 21, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Excellent EDC!!
I have owned and carried this knife for two years now, and it is an excellent EDC knife for cutting and slicing. The lock up is strong, no issues like mentioned in some reviews here. The ZDP blade takes a mirror polished bevel. ZDP is my favorite steel because it keeps on cutting, and some people say it is hard to sharpen but I think it is easier to sharpen than S-30v, and the ZDP takes a shiny edge when finished on an 8k grit whetstone, unlike my para 2, which I still love. Last, I want to mention the quality of the blade geometry. The stretch has a thin full flat ground blade that does not feel flimsy. I believe this is one of spyderco's best knives for slicing and cutting
5 out of 5
Beau S
Tarpon Springs, FL
Aug 29, 2015
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Another win by Spyderco
The Stretch is one of those knives that you can appreciate the ergonomics just by looking at it. However, once in hand, it really just seems to become an extension of you. The knife came sharp enough to remove hair effortlessly, and with the blade shape, it is just as efficient in the kitchen as it is doing heavy duty tasks. It helped me trim up some chicken breasts and cut them into cutlets with ease, and made short work of vegetables too. And cardboard is a joke to it as well, and after several months of use, it's still shaving sharp. It still doesn't have a speck of rust on it and I haven't oiled it since receiving it.
5 out of 5
Nov 22, 2014
Pros: Handle Material, Overall Quality, Handle Feel, Blade Material
Cons: None
an excellent hunting knife
Task: skinning and boning a bull elk. The knife: not a bad thing to say about it. The blade shape was excellent for all purposes. The handle does not get slippery and its shape prevents your hand from sliding off and onto the blade. Your hand touches no metal--greatly appreciated when it's around zero. BTW the locking mechanism on mine was perfect. The steel: For those of you who don't do this, it's a big task--takes me right at 3 hours to do it by myself. Not all of that time is cutting, but an awful lot of it is. Tends to dull knives: heavy hide, cutting hard directly down onto bone, scraping along bones to separate meat. The blade performed very well and was able to complete the task while remaining reasonably sharp. Note that it did dull down and I would not have wanted to do a second elk without sharpening it. However, sharpening it was a breeze. I was expecting a fight, but this steel feels good on the stone and really likes to take an edge. A bit surprising. Comparing it to other knife steels I have used to work up elk over the years, it is (naturally) much better than the old 440C knife (Rigid) I used for many years. With 440C this is a 2 knife job. Recently I have used a VG10 knife (Fallkniven) to work up 3 elk. The ZDP blade is incrementally better: both knives can do the whole job, both dull down and need to be sharpened. The ZDP blade dulls down a bit less. One interesting note. ZDP appears to be only semi-stainless. I noticed after about an hour that the blade was darkening slightly. Nothing much, really, but not what you would expect from a lot of steels. Apparently all that carbon is turning a lot of that chromium into carbides.
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