Got my option 5 black G10 handle from Marianne a couple of weeks ago. I have the MT01 and the holes in the metal were slightly undersized for the shafts to fit in. No problem, I drilled them out just a bit and the threaded shafts fit perfectly. When installing it, the threads on one of the shafts was messed up and wouldn't allow a screw to fit. An email to Marianne and she quickly mailed me a whole hardware kit. I am more than pleased with her customer service. The handles are great and are exactly what I wanted.
Quick update on mule handles. We have restocked all colors that were sold out and added 4 more colors/materials.
Black/royal blue alternating layers has returned and we added Cocobolo and Heritage Brown (walnut) Dymondwood.
A few of you guys suggested natural G10 in option 5 so we made a small quantity.
Check out the cabernet(burgundy) Paperstone in Option 4.
I wanted to get the updates into our shopping cart but I haven't added any new photos. I'll try to get that done next week.
We still have an occasional problem with folks registering. My web designer can help you out or just submit an email through the website and we'll take care of you.
I promised free handles to a few people who submitted photos to me for our website. I haven't forgotten you.
Thanks for your continued support of our efforts.
Kyle is ready to pack away and he's only made a few mistakes.
The only stock of OD green Micarta we have is more than 3/8" thick. Option 5 has a finish thickness of .125-.140.
Machining thick material to .140 is not a problem, but it would make that model another 7-8 dollars per set due to the machining time and the cost of the thicker material.
We could process thinner Micarta somewhere down the road and maintain the $30.00/set if there is enough interest.
Let us know the interest level and we will add that option when we machine Option6- smooth 3D machined handles.
Since I got in on the MT18 and the forum native a set of option 5 scales to match the forum native would be a dream come true.
I am not sure if anybody else would be as interested in this as I am but I really like the scales on my forum native, green is my favorite color and they are very grippy. Not sure if this green checkered G10 is even accessible for you.
We don't have any .140" thick or hardware to work with a handle that is so thin.
The option 5 ranger green has a coarse texture.
If we ever have this diamond pattern in .140 we would make a run of handles.
Thanks for the thought.
Thank you for your response and explanation. I am very happy with the scales I received already and will definitely be getting another set. Without you guys I would not be able to enjoy my mules anywhere near as much. Thanks so much!
We have also enjoyed the project fro 4 years now. We have gotten many ideas for styles and colors through the forums. Any head's up on new releases is a great help. It keeps the shipment dates down to 2-3 days as long as we can have the shippers ready to go.
I just mounted a set of cocobolo Option 4's on a S110V mule and I like the color pattern left when you machined the laminate.
It gives the impression of grain while providing a textured surface for grip.
Thanks for adding so much style to the mule team project!
Halpern Titanium has been all out preparing for Blade Show. We'll be setting up as a manufacturer and Mule Team handles will be shown at our booth. You'll be able to order but we won't be shipping product from MA to Atlanta. Any orders will be processed right after Blade Show.
We had hoped for pictures but we are going to have to depend on our forum friends to spread by word of mouth or pictures of any of our new colors and materials.
Later this year we should have Option 6 - a 3D smooth model. We'll start with 3-4 colors and we will be sure to add photos at that time.
Thanks for understanding.
Also, is there any possibility of you using an Arctic Camo of Desert Camo on any of the options? People were interested in both in another thread.
Unfortunately, our camo is one layer of actual camo fabric. We have tried lathering different G10 colors for 3d machining to achieve the same effect. The results weren't satisfactory so we have limited our camo options to flat G10.
Keep make suggestions- option 5 and the upcoming Option 6 (3D smooth) are customer suggestions.
It's already May, so it's looking like near the end of the year.
The new option 6 sounds great! Only thing better would be OD green option 6.