Mule Team Project
Spyderco’s Mule Team Project is one of the most unique programs in the commercial knife industry. By definition, a “mule” is a sample knife used for in-house performance testing. Traditionally, they are made to the exact same pattern and specifications, but feature a different blade steel or heat treatment protocol. This keeps all the performance characteristics of the knife identical except for a single variable, allowing an excellent basis for objective, scientific performance-based testing.
In addition to our in-house process, Spyderco takes the mule concept one significant step further by allowing our customers to share in the fun. We manufacture identical fixed-blade mules in a wide variety of steels and make them available to our steel-obsessed customers so you can conduct your own performance testing with state-of-the-art high-performance steels. Produced in limited quantities, these Mule Team blades are highly collectible and are furnished without handles or sheaths, making them popular “kit” blades for novice knifemakers and hobbyists who want to make their own personalized knife with a genuine Spyderco blade.
If you’re a knife lover who wants to develop a deeper understanding of cutlery steels and their specific performance characteristics, the Mule Team Project is tailor made for you.