I wanted to see what kind of response people are having to the steel.
The Mule arrived in excellent condition, ground well and truly sharp as expected.
I still use my old GIN 1 knives and like the steel for cutlery purposes. I have just got through putting the normal edge on it I use for finer grained steels ( ie: steels not containing large quantities of the large, evil, devil worshipping vanadium carbides)
That works out to around a 30ish degree inclusive edge , stopping at around 8,000 grit ( DMT diamond) with a green ( chrome oxide) strop.
This was a very easy sharpening job, with the small burr coming off easily and quickly. It gets very sharp, and pushes through copier paper easily enough.
I didn't do much heavy wear resistance type testing as it's more about comparing ease of sharpening and common EDC chores so far.
It's not a powder steel, and doesn't really need to be with the small, good grain structure but itfeels similar to one while sharpening. I mean that as a compliment too. To be honest, it seems to be easier to sharpen than my Gin 1 knives though I really don't know of any really great reason it should. Perhaps the slight amount of vanadium ( 0.10% ) it has that Gin 1 doesn't helped keep the grain structure smaller or something like that.
Perhaps the hardness is different. I don't know the values for either, to be honest.
I like it though. In my opinion it's as easy as Aus 6 to sharpen, but should last longer wear resistance wise.
Some have beefed about the price, and Sal explained why so I won't get into that. I will say I like the steel. I like it better for my uses than Aus6, 420HC, 440A&B, etc.
I've said before that Gin 1 was the first stainless steel I liked enough to carry back when I bought my first Spyderco. I still like it, and so far I like CTS BD1 as well, maybe better.
We'll see how it does with other companies as it's a great steel for when the super wear resistant expensive steels are just not needed.