The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

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The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby Jerome Howard » Mon Jan 24, 2022 4:33 pm

Here is what the mailman brought today.

Delica Wharncliffe K390

SpyOpera M390

I'm not too schooled up on the difference in the two steels, but I know I do like K390. Both are extremely sharp. I already poked a hole in my finger with the Wharncliffe. It's like a needle at the point of it. Small leak. Minimal damage. :bug-red-white

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby metaphoricalsimile » Mon Jan 24, 2022 4:50 pm

I think people have started to pooh-pooh M390, but I still think it's an S-tier steel. That being said I don't necessarily trust Italian heat treating :grin-sweat

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby Manixguy@1994 » Mon Jan 24, 2022 4:54 pm

Looking good ! MG2
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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby Airlsee » Mon Jan 24, 2022 4:54 pm

Nice! It's a Delica, and a variant that I will eventually pick up, good mail call indeed!
So it goes.

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby Jerome Howard » Mon Jan 24, 2022 4:55 pm

I don't think I'll be using the SpyOpera for anything too heavy duty. I did read an article about the heat treat, and I don't think it's an issue any more.

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby TkoK83Spy » Mon Jan 24, 2022 5:05 pm

You'll notice QUITE the difference between that "K" and "M"
17 :bug-red 's in 12 different steels
2 - Bradford Guardian 3's (Wharnie Vanadis 4E and 3V/Drop Point)
1 - Monterey Bay Knives Slayback Flipper - ZDP 189
1 - CRK Small Sebenza 31/Macassar Ebony Inlays
1 - CRK Large Inkosi Insingo/ Black Micarta Inlays
1 - CRK Large Sebenza 31/Box Elder Inlays
1 - CRK Umnumzaan
1 - Microtech Ultratech DE OTF
1 - Finch Knives Sunkist Harvester

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby TheGiant80 » Mon Jan 24, 2022 5:07 pm

Jerome Howard wrote:
Mon Jan 24, 2022 4:33 pm
Endura Wharncliffe K390
That doesn’t currently exist. You must mean Delica. Regardless, nice knives!

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby Jerome Howard » Mon Jan 24, 2022 5:13 pm

Opps. Yes. I got my A's mixed up. It's a Delica. But a bigass Endura Wharncliffe K390 would be good. I'da fixed it, but no edit button.

Oh. Wait....there IS one. Fixed it.

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby TheGiant80 » Mon Jan 24, 2022 5:23 pm

Jerome Howard wrote:
Mon Jan 24, 2022 5:13 pm
But a bigass Endura Wharncliffe K390 would be good.
Oh trust me, I’m waiting for it!

Enjoy your new knives!

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby Jerome Howard » Mon Jan 24, 2022 5:55 pm

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the SpyOpera. Some photos I had seen made the scales look rough or mottled. These are not. I took quite a few photos until I got a couple that show pretty much exactly how they look. The are smooth, reminiscent of the old black micarta days. The contours give them an almost wood grain appearance. They are impeccably fitted on the liners, and the lock back bar is nicely rounded. All in all, a well put together knife. Not sure if it's a good comparison, but it kinda reminds me of a Worker I had many years ago.

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby Jerome Howard » Mon Jan 24, 2022 7:22 pm

What do I need to know about M390?

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby blueblur » Mon Jan 24, 2022 8:52 pm

Jerome Howard wrote:
Mon Jan 24, 2022 7:22 pm
What do I need to know about M390?
It has above average corrosion resistance and was originally created for plastics molding. It doesn’t do any one thing fantastic but is a nice balanced, stainless steel.

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby kennethsime » Mon Jan 24, 2022 9:14 pm

Man that Spyopera sure looks like a nice piece - love the micarta.

I think I’m between that and a Birdseye Maple Chapparal for a gent’s knife.
I'm happiest with Micarta and Tool Steel.

Top four in rotation: K390 + GCM PM2, ZCarta Shaman, Crucarta PM2, K390 + GCM Straight Spine Stretch.

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby kennethsime » Mon Jan 24, 2022 9:16 pm

metaphoricalsimile wrote:
Mon Jan 24, 2022 4:50 pm
I think people have started to pooh-pooh M390, but I still think it's an S-tier steel. That being said I don't necessarily trust Italian heat treating :grin-sweat
If Sal does, why would you not?
I'm happiest with Micarta and Tool Steel.

Top four in rotation: K390 + GCM PM2, ZCarta Shaman, Crucarta PM2, K390 + GCM Straight Spine Stretch.

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Re: The Mail is Here. A couple more. K390 and M390

Postby ZrowsN1s » Mon Jan 24, 2022 9:19 pm

Jerome Howard wrote:
Mon Jan 24, 2022 7:22 pm
What do I need to know about M390?
Compared to S30V it's a tiny bit more wear resistant, a tiny bit less tough, and a lot more stainless. Takes a nice high polished edge if you're into that sort of thing.
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