New BentoBoxShop M390 Delica

Discussion in 'Spyderco' started by Abyss_Fish, May 31, 2019.


    BITEME Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    maybe a "troll" comment but in this case he's pretty right on not just spyderco ,but most production outfits use this great steel and seem to like to keep hrc at 58/59 quite a few youtubers are doing the rockwells and verifying that-sorry just saying
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  2. Fixall

    Fixall Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2018
    We're not talking about other companies. We're talking about Spyderco. He said "the m390 in spydercos smaller knives is usually 58hrc." and I can find zero evidence that supports that... But plenty of evidence that supports the opposite.
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  3. AF

    AF Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2000
    I trust Spyderco more than most when it comes to heat treating. Spreading rumors to the contrary is irresponsible.
  4. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016

    60.5 for 20cv is the highest hrc tested thus far. That's better than the majority of knives in this class of steel.

    I'll ask him again on average what he sees in general to confirm.

    In any case... Here's a pm2 test VS mini grip in 20cv and that's just one test of a few.


    Overall spydercos sprints do well. The m390 and variations not so much.
    These steels can get up to 64rc give or take. I don't think anyone expects that. Nor is hrc a definitive gage of performance, but we're just not seeing it excell over others at the current ht recipe. Considering buck comes in at 58hrc and excells well for its hrc, there is something more that spyderco can do.
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  5. steelcitysixteen

    steelcitysixteen Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 12, 2017

    I don't think you answered the question yet of your source that small Spyderco M390 knives are 58 HRC. Can you please provide this? I have never heard of it being this low on a Spyderco M390/20CV/CTS-204P knife.

    Also, can you please elaborate on "The m390 and variations not so much."??
  6. steelcitysixteen

    steelcitysixteen Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 12, 2017
    Is anyone here going to HRC test their M390 Delica when it comes in? This thread has me very curious now. I've already ordered 3 of these Delicas so obviously I am not too concerned with it being too low. I trust Spyderco has HT'd them to optimal performance per usual.
  7. PeteyTwoPointOne

    PeteyTwoPointOne Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 10, 2014
    Mo, is that at your business?

    Wow if I worked there all my blades' ricassos would look like orange peels :D
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  8. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    Okay I got an update. so of the ones tested from spyderco was the two at 59, one at 60 and one at 62. Of all the 20cv and m390 of all the brands tested thus far 60.5hrc was the highest. which is sad. Not performing on par with basic steel like s30v. Again, this is a industry wide problem.

    Recently one from spyderco was tested at 62hrc and the performance has improved dramatically and we should expect a test done in the near future on it. And ideally thats what many of us would like to see for the whole industry for this steel. Question is... Will the delica in m390 from bbb be 59 like the bbb para3s that were tested? Or the single pm2 at 62hrc? I thought 61-62hrc was non existent in these steels from any mass production companies until that single one showed up. Some hope but I won't be basing my purchases off of one random sample.

    As for m390 variations... It's m390, 20cv and 204p they are the same steel variety.

    no. That's Kurt, the guy who's been hrc testing 100s of knives for the knife community. He also does pmi tests that show if the steel is actually what the manufacturer advertising as. He's exposed a few brands with issues, mainly clones and a few others that are questionable. Blade banter has a spreadsheet composed of knives he's sent to curt as well as luvthemknives. Kurt and many others haven't added all there tests to that spreadsheet though. Check it out. Not that hrc is a definite gage of performance as, buck knives and a few others have proven its not.

    Outpost 76, @tomhosang and supersteel Steve have been doing the cut tests with repeatability between them and @Banter 247 is in the mix too.
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  9. DShiflet


    Jan 25, 2013
    I ordered one. Also thought since I was ordering there anyways I'd also pick up their exclusive Lil Matriarch since I don't have a Lil' Matriarch to begin with and figure this is as good a time as any.
  10. FK

    FK Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    We are reading too much into the "tests" done for Rockwell C scale hardness.
    One sample posted reading on a spreadsheet with several contributors does not tell the full story.
    There is no reference to manufacturer/model of hardness tester used or calibration procedure and maintenance schedule.

    For example, the photo above with the Wilson tester may indicate a very inaccurate reading. Poor operator technique is obvious,, the sample is not supported fully by the anvil,,, the knife is hung over the side of the support anvil and will most likely give a false reading. This is clearly explained in the operator's manual.

    A more accurate reading should have the knife blade disassembled to minimize the over hung load potential variation.

    The older Wilson testers were well known for lack of repeatability and reproducibility if not disassembled, cleaned, lubricated and calibrated frequently. Newer designs have load cells and digital readouts to improve accuracy and eliminate the mechanical dead weights and other friction parts.

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  11. dman62

    dman62 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 27, 2010
    I'd be in for one if I wasn't between jobs right now. I have a blue Para2 I got from them and love it.
  12. ucfgrad93


    Dec 13, 2017
    Would love to see another run of the para 3 in this. Also, I would love to see a Native 5!
  13. amateur blacksmith

    amateur blacksmith

    May 19, 2018
    Nearly $70 USD to post to Australia. Are they kidding?
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  14. halden.doerge

    halden.doerge I'll Sharpen Your Knife Gold Member

    Aug 17, 2014
    :thumbsup: This.
  15. willywall


    Jun 21, 2016
    That made me laugh, I wouldn't be able to resist either
  16. knife_fan

    knife_fan Gold Member Gold Member

    May 1, 2012
    I can't believe Spyderco still sells to that dealer.
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  17. tomhosang


    Feb 17, 2017
    All valid points for sure. Who else is doing this kind of thing though? For the first time ever, we as consumers have this info readily available to us. Kurt is doing a fantastic job at testing everything we throw at him and we all appreciate it. The spreadsheet was never meant as an end all guide to what manufacturers are running what steels soft. It is just a guideline that people can look at and form their own opinions on. Personally, I will not be buying any more M390 or its analogs until they are consistently 61+
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  18. JLeBlanc


    May 13, 2019
    Don't worry about your order with BBS, they have some "different" policies, but they're a legit retailer, and in fact I once had a rather special request to make of them and they were quite pleased to accommodate me. It was like being at a restaurant where the waiter takes great care of you ;)
  19. Humint


    Apr 1, 2011
    In the past I read about BBS and was worried. They once had a knife in stock that I couldn't find anywhere else so I was willing to pay the premium on it. I am glad I did. They even went through and looked for a certain aspect of the knife on the stock they had and sent me what I was looking for. I was impressed to say the least. As this has been my grail Delica combo, I didn't hesitate and I ordered four (4) of them. I love the Delica but always wanted an s30v or M390 version, so when this came about I didn't hesitate. Looking forward to getting them and putting them through the paces.
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  20. uxo2

    uxo2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    BB shipping is insane.

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