I was referring to the fact that some were asking for 204P, even though it is being used in a production knife and doesn't fit in with the "Taking that idea a step up, why not offer a series (team) of blades using different, exotic and freshly unveiled steels? In doing this steel-obsessed knife knuts can try, test and use something normally not offered to the industry."
However now that I know its also for comparison and testing that makes 204P fine to use.
I got at least one of every mule, and love every one. I want a Mule in every kick ass powder steel there is. I don't care if it's been used in other knives. I love the whole mule concept and am a junky when it comes to exotic steel. I love the side to side comparisons, and the creativity people can use for sheaths and handles. About 5 years ago, when I discovered Spyderco mules, I went ape **** over them. I bought just about every one I could find on flea bay. I probably had close to 80 at one point--though I've pared them back recently, you know, because I like the sprint run PM's and millies, and can't afford to be so OCD about the mules. But... I can't get enough of them. In fact, I dream about them. There is no end for opportunity to use them on my farm, and I love to run them down the gauntlet. And I got to say, I love that K390. I completely missed on them when they first came out, and had to hit the secondary market. But that steel was definitely worth what I paid for it.
And I love the mules because they are a very affordable way to get into and use a kick ass steel. There is no way I could 'sample' all the steels I want to at the prices most high end steels go for in LE, Sprint, or Custom knives. So good on you Sal and company. I love what you do. It was the mules that got me into Spyderco, and they are still probably my favorites. What else, who else, does a better job at democratizing the expensive and exotic? Introducing the exquisite pleasure of stellar steel to the masses?
s110v in a mule? I love that steel. CPM 4v? Hell yes. CTS 204p? What is not to like? Got a question on that one though: I heard about 6 months ago that CTS was going to discontinue that steel? Did I hear wrong? Or did Sal just wisely stock up on it?
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On the Fence: Tuff, Techno
Latest arrivals: S110V Mule, Caly 3.5 Super Blue, Dialex Junior
Thanks, Jabba, for the info, and for going to the trouble to find and post it--and for the exceptionally good news. CTS has been making some awesome steels lately. PD-1 is one that I really want to mess with. Strider is the only maker I know of that is using it now. Maxamet I am really exited over; the chemistry on that one is mind boggling. I would love to try and dull it...
PD-1 chemistry is the same as CPM Cruwear. They are both powder steel too. Probably interchangeable in most applications.
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Recently I'm quite into very tough, non-stainless steels with good wear resistance. I'd like to see Mules in CPM 9V and Böhler K890.
On the other hand Uddeholm Vanadis 10 would be a nice comparison to ZDP-189.
Any Mule would be awesome. And the timing's just right: just before Christmas.
I know what present I'd like to find under my tree ;-)
+ 1 on the 4v but even more on the s110v Mule.
Any idea what steel Super Gold No.2 would be comparable to ?
Otherwise that might be interesting to have in Mule format. I've only seen it in kitchen knives thus far.
Now that S110v is in the pipeline (thanks Sal!), I must now push for another steel I'd like to see in a Mule and in Spyderco folders one day... K294. Heard GREAT things about it, never tried it before. Also, CPM-154 pretty please!
Thanks for the recent K390. These steels are over the top stuff. We are spoiled
i've been looking for a knife to take with hunting that i can use parachord for the handle.
I think this sounds like a great option for me!
Top Picks: Chaparral 2, Caly 3, Dragonfly 2, Air
Phil Wilson Smoke Creek s110v, SouthFork, Chaparral 1, Chaparral 1, Chaparral 2, Caly 3, Caly 3, Native 5, Gayle Bradley, Gayle Bradley Air, Para2, Para1 se, Delica 4, Dragonfly 2, Dragonfly 2 Salt, Ladybug Salt Hawkbill, MT09, MT17
If ever the MT-18 is K294, it's gonna be the first mule I own. Whatever the price, I'll own it.
Owned : Broken tip ZDP-189 Endura, ZDP-189 Ladybug (given to my bro for his jungling in central/south america), Military, Mule Team 18
In the wish list model list: MT17, ZDP-189 Ladybug, Chaparral
Anything in : ZDP-189, M390, S110V, K390, 3V. (I'm a steel junkie!)