Police K390...yea it's freaking awesome.

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Police K390...yea it's freaking awesome.

Postby Ncmiked » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:41 pm

So I bought my first Police. Reading about the knife intrigued me so when the K390 version came out, now was the time. I have to say the Police has surpassed my expectations. First off, it's operation is butter smooth. It's blade length is surprisingly edc friendly and the over all size works. I didn't expect to like carrying it so much as bigger blades usually don't carry well for me. K390 is really fun too, very nice toothy edge. I finish to a 600 grit SIC, great slicer imho. I'm going to let it patina as I think it goes well with the black G10.

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Postby MacLaren » Thu Oct 05, 2017 8:33 pm

Congratz!
K390 is awesome blade steel.
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Postby bearfacedkiller » Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:07 am

I agree! It carries well, slices like crazy and k390 is a solid performer.
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Postby Evil D » Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:26 am

The whole blade length vs usability debate really baffles me sometimes. The same people who complain about knives being too big, I wonder if all they use are paring knives in the kitchen? Choke up on the blade in a pinch grip and you have all the control you need.
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Postby Doc Dan » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:49 am

I like K390 quite a lot. It has become my favorite non-stainless steel. I am saving up for the P4 and will have one buy Christmas. You guys talking about it all the time is just tormenting me more. :eek: :D

I think the choice of K390 was inspired. True, it is not stainless, but its characteristics allow for a thinner blade that is as strong as a thicker blade, I believe. It also holds an edge very, very well, and I have not had any chipping or rolling (of course I have not cut down any giant Sequoias, either).
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Postby xceptnl » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:55 am

A little eye candy for you Dan

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Postby JenWrath » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:32 pm

Evil D wrote:The whole blade length vs usability debate really baffles me sometimes. The same people who complain about knives being too big, I wonder if all they use are paring knives in the kitchen? Choke up on the blade in a pinch grip and you have all the control you need.

If I know I won't be in a situation where I need the full length of a millie - like out in the city? I'll carry a smaller bladed knife in addition to a longer one. Same for yard work or maintenance around a property. Having an extra 1 ~ 3 inches to manage that won't be used in the task at all except as a distraction or requiring a grip modification isn't a situation I've been fond of.

I love bigger knives(have a tatanka on the way!), but am very much in favor of getting the right size blade for the job at hand. I figure the less you have to adapt to make your tool work correctly, the less problems you risk running into.

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Postby SpeedHoles » Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:21 pm

Good to hear! I'll be looking to pick one of these up soon.

Keep some photos coming!

xceptnl, any idea what you cut that resulted in that patina formation? Just curious.
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Postby jpm2 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:22 pm

JenWrath wrote:
Evil D wrote:The whole blade length vs usability debate really baffles me sometimes. The same people who complain about knives being too big, I wonder if all they use are paring knives in the kitchen? Choke up on the blade in a pinch grip and you have all the control you need.

If I know I won't be in a situation where I need the full length of a millie - like out in the city? I'll carry a smaller bladed knife in addition to a longer one. Same for yard work or maintenance around a property. Having an extra 1 ~ 3 inches to manage that won't be used in the task at all except as a distraction or requiring a grip modification isn't a situation I've been fond of.

I love bigger knives(have a tatanka on the way!), but am very much in favor of getting the right size blade for the job at hand. I figure the less you have to adapt to make your tool work correctly, the less problems you risk running into.
This is exactly why I always have a blade of 3" or less on me, and why I modified my GB1 to 3".

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Postby DougC-3 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:26 am

Mine arrived 3 weeks ago and I've carried it every day since. It seems like a natural size now. I replaced it with my ZDP Endura while running errands today and the Endura seemed wimpie by comparison. I use it in the kitchen more often than I have any other Spydies in the past. It's perfect for splitting large croissants -- I just have to be extra careful when cutting toward my hand because I try to keep the blade razor sharp, which is pretty easy. I've used it to peel and slice up mangoes and deliberately left the juice evenly spread over the blade for 5 or 10 minutes, which causes a light, even patina, reminiscent of some of the older Solingen steel Tree Brand knives I carried decades ago, but it probably formed quicker and easier. I like the relatively broad ricasso for this sort of work because it helps keep food away from the pivot area. It patinates similar my 52100 millie, but more even and not quite as dark. I don't go in for abstract mustard paintings on my blades :D
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Postby Doc Dan » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:18 am

xceptnl wrote:A little eye candy for you Dan

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:D ha! Thanks. More salt in the wound. :D

I like it. I see yours has patinated a bit, or is that oil reflecting? Mine has yet to significantly patinate.
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Postby xceptnl » Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:06 am

SpeedHoles wrote:Good to hear! I'll be looking to pick one of these up soon.

Keep some photos coming!

xceptnl, any idea what you cut that resulted in that patina formation? Just curious.
Pork tenderloin, grilled pork chops and steak were the culprits for the blue color. My experience with Superblue was the same. Onions, apples and other veggies tend to just give it a grayish dull finish. I'm interested to see over time how it changes.
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Postby xceptnl » Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:21 am

I have used mine alot in the kitchen. Noticed then that the primary grinds were slightly off as the knife wants to track one direction consistently when slicing onions and potatoes.
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Postby Doc Dan » Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:17 pm

Mine has a slight golden hue from cutting fruit, but you have to look close to see it. Other things, cardboard, plastic, wood, etc. have not affected it at all, of course.
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Postby rwponline » Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:58 pm

No patina yet (my blades usually stay lightly oiled to keep tape and cardboard residue from sticking), but I am enjoying my P4 immensly. It's surpisingly ellegant in hand.

The thin profile and deep carry have even allowed it to sneek into (and for now dominate) my office carry rotation, which is normally the domain of 3-3.5" blades with low profile wire clips.

Another masterful design from Sal and co.!

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Postby sal » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:27 am

Hi Rwponline,

Welcome to our forum, and thanx much for the kind words.

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Postby Wanimator » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:44 am

This is a seriously tempting knife after handling it at BLADE, It's sort of a three way between this, the HAP-40 Endura and the Maxamet PM2.

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Postby xceptnl » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:46 am

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Postby wrdwrght » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:25 am

"Freaking awesome" pretty much captures what needs to be said.
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Postby ThePeacent » Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:37 am

that pic is just... :rolleyes:


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