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by Xplorer
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Anyone Else Like Mules?
Replies: 105
Views: 10452

Re: Anyone Else Like Mules?

I love Mules. They're great light-weight hiking knives. They also work well in the kitchen. My favorite part is that they come with no handle and I can play with my own handle designs. In fact, it was a Mule that inspired me to make my first knife handle. About two weeks ago I built a new Mule 21 ha...
by Xplorer
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:39 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Best hard use spydie folder?
Replies: 38
Views: 4201

Re: Best hard use spydie folder?

I'd say GB2 now that GB1 is discontinued. The steel frame and the M4 blade are a tough as nails combination that is going to be hard to beat. My second choice is one that I haven't seen listed here...the Stretch 2 in ZDP-189 is one tough knife! Sal knows knives and he's seen 'em all....it shouldn't ...
by Xplorer
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Gayle Bradley 2?? Talk me into it..
Replies: 43
Views: 7195

Re: Gayle Bradley 2?? Talk me into it..

Although I've temporarily lost count, I own somewhere around 32-34 Spydercos. I have to say the Gayle Bradley 2 was the best knife for the $$ I've bought yet. The M4 blade is one of the toughest blades you can get, and among the "tough" blades M4 stays sharp for an amazingly long time. The construct...
by Xplorer
Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Hiker Knife
Replies: 43
Views: 4839

Re: Hiker Knife

I spend a lot of time hiking and backpacking in a variety of environments throughout most of the western states mostly. I select the equipment I will use based on the specifics of the destination I plan to explore. Fairly often I head to places where I know I will not be processing wood with a knife...
by Xplorer
Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Hiking/camping/EDC knife?
Replies: 39
Views: 3924

Re: Hiking/camping/EDC knife?

Hi ZesT, There have been some really good recommendations here. I have a bunch of PM2s and a few Manix as well. Both great choices. I am a backpacker as well, and although I prefer to take a fixed blade along with a folder or sometimes 2 folders ('cause I'm a knife nut)....there are times that I go ...
by Xplorer
Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team 21
Replies: 63
Views: 10034

Re: Mule Team 21

There's lots of places to get materials on-line. Sometimes when you want something specific you have to check a bunch of the sites to find it. Here's a few to get you started..... knifemaking.com which is also Jantz Supply, USAknifemaker.com, sheffield supply, onlinemetals.com, texasknife.com...the ...
by Xplorer
Wed Apr 06, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team 21
Replies: 63
Views: 10034

Re: Mule Team 21

Holy smokes Xplorer that looks awesome, you my new friend have some talent, would it be possible to get some more details on the process you used. Thanks farnorthdan! The most helpful thing I can tell you about this process is that I made the scales the day before I intended to attach them to the b...
by Xplorer
Wed Apr 06, 2016 9:26 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team 21
Replies: 63
Views: 10034

Re: Mule Team 21

WOW! THAT is gorgeous! Thank you mattman! Mattman, you took the words right out from under my fingers. That is masterfully done, Xplorer! Even the photography is great! You have quite the artistic eye. Thank you PayneTrain! I appreciate the kind words. Out-Freak'n-Standing!!! Dude, I posted pics of...
by Xplorer
Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule Team 21
Replies: 63
Views: 10034

Re: Mule Team 21

About 5 months ago I made my first knife handle for a Mule Team 21 out of green micarta and copper liners and posted it here in this thread. Since that time I have been working in my garage during evenings and weekends on all sorts of knife related projects. Last week, I decided to update the handle...
by Xplorer
Fri Mar 25, 2016 2:07 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Blade HQ visit, what to pick up?
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Re: Blade HQ visit, what to pick up?

The Techno at $191 is a bit over your budget but it's a great little knife. At about $140 the Gayle Bradley 2 folder is possibly the best knife for the $$ I've ever bought. The M4 blade and the hollow grind make it a great addition to the knives you've listed.
by Xplorer
Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Amsterdam Meet 2016 Report of Spyderco Prototypes
Replies: 448
Views: 52266

Re: Amsterdam Meet 2016 Report of Spyderco Prototypes

THANK YOU Spyderco for including a Peter Carey knife! Nice job fixing the thickness and the "pokeyness" that was so often complained about. I think my original Rubicon is beautiful but this new one looks like a better EDC. I can't wait! More Carey models would be great too...fingers crossed.
by Xplorer
Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Spyderco General Discussion
Topic: Mule team handle liners
Replies: 16
Views: 1739

Re: Mule team handle liners

Hi Mike3398 I agree with everyone telling you to try it yourself. It's a good project to do in your garage. If you have trouble in the future, I'm willing to help you out. I've been in my shop every night after work for the past 4 months, working on my knife building skills. I've recently "tooled up...

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