How useful are the mule team series?

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How useful are the mule team series?

Postby arjay18 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:41 am

I've been looking at getting one or two but haven't gotten the slightest clue what to use them for. They look a bit too small and i'm not sure about them. Are they great beaters or kitchen knives? Any ideas?

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Postby xceptnl » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:22 am

IMO, they are great in the kitchen and around the house for general EDC tasks. Think of it as a fixed blade Manix 2.
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Postby xavierdoc » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:26 am

They are pretty versatile- I use mine for bushcraft, hunting and kitchen. They work well for most things except chopping. Needless to say, there are better knives for specific tasks but as a platform for testing steels they have to be able to cover all sorts of applications, which they do.
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Postby RevDevil » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:45 pm

arjay18 wrote:I've been looking at getting one or two but haven't gotten the slightest clue what to use them for. They look a bit too small and i'm not sure about them. Are they great beaters or kitchen knives? Any ideas?
They are meant to be used for whatever your heart desires actually. The only limitation is your imagination and legality. If you want to beat on them, that is your prerogative. They are ideal for those of us that love different steel to have an opportunity to affordably try out a specific type of steel that might not be widely available in most cases.

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Postby O,just,O » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:10 pm

Take a Mule & one Tenacious. Overlay the mule on the Tenacious. Look ! :D One & the same. One fixed blade Tenacious in a super steel.
Now, what could we use a Tenacious for, hmm.
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Postby Sequimite » Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:29 pm

I use a 52100 Mule in the shop for trimming wood fibers so they don't tear out, as well as misc tasks.

The Temp 2 has supplanted my other Mules for kitchen and general duty, but the Mule is an all around good EDC.
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Postby gaj999 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:44 pm

They're nice knives for the outdoors unless you're building shelters or making firewood. Small enough to carry well, light weight, sturdy, nice ergos, super steels, what more could you want? A mule and a hatchet and you're set even if you're into that survival training thing. A mule and a SAK otherwise. ;)

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Postby arjay18 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:17 pm

Wow! Those actions shots has really sold me on the mule.They look like the perfect size for the tasks, I was expecting them to be much smaller. I wonder why Spyderco chooses not to disclose the size on the product page of the new mule team.

I've pulled out my tenacious and it's going to be a winner if indeed they have the same blade shape and size.

Are there tutorials on the ways you could paracord wrap the handle? Looks like the most economical way to go.

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Postby xceptnl » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:22 pm

I'm sure you can find video tutorials on the tube, but I would suggest trying some experimentation first to determine how thick you want the grip.
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Postby bdblue » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:41 pm

O,just,O wrote:Take a Mule & one Tenacious. Overlay the mule on the Tenacious. Look ! :D One & the same. One fixed blade Tenacious in a super steel.
Now, what could we use a Tenacious for, hmm.
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Postby Sequimite » Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:51 pm

The handle is an almost perfect copy of the Stretch 2, one of Sal's favorites.
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Postby JLS » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:08 pm

I find them very useful. One of my Super Blue Mules lives in the kitchen and 90% of the time there is one on my belt. They've displaced the Moran and Temperance fixed blades for EDC on my belt.

It is an excellent blade shape and grind and a great 2D handle. If you make a good 3D handle, it's even better.
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Postby dbcad » Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:40 pm

The blank is very useful, with a handle any Mule becomes a very fine and useful small fixed blade. Be aware of the flavor of steel you buy. The purpose after all is to give "steel junkies" a chance to check out new materials. Maybe to give Spyderco some HT practice as well :)
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Postby chuck_roxas45 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:54 pm

I'm thinking it needs a good belt sheath and some scales to be useful to me.

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Postby arjay18 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:54 pm

Paracord and duct tape is all you need, Chuck! :D

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Postby xceptnl » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:01 pm

chuck_roxas45 wrote:I'm thinking it needs a good belt sheath and some scales to be useful to me.
... Like this?
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Postby chuck_roxas45 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:29 pm

xceptnl wrote:... Like this?
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Very nice! And yes, like that. :)

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Postby chuck_roxas45 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:30 pm

arjay18 wrote:Paracord and duct tape is all you need, Chuck! :D
LOL, arj. I hate paracord handled knives. :D

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Postby gaj999 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:07 pm

chuck_roxas45 wrote:I'm thinking it needs a good belt sheath and some scales to be useful to me.
So chop-chop. :D I've made four leather sheaths and three kydex sheaths, along with custom shaped handles for a half dozen mules. HT scales on two, cordwrap on one. Cordwrap is my least favorite, BTW.

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Postby Holland » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:13 pm

mine has been used in the kitchen a whole bunch an has exceeded my expectations
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