Tom, thanks for that input (a fellow Arizonan, here), I didn't know those mules were available. I'll have to research them. A11 sounds like non-stainless S110V. I am also considering the Manix 2 LW in S110V. A fixed blade would probably be better in use, but they are more bulky to haul around (sheath and all).Tucson Tom wrote: ↑Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:48 amYou could go the Mule route -- especially with the recent (and still available) A11 steel -- identical to 10V. This might really be nice. I am not a hunter though, so I can't share experiences there. With scales from "halpern titanium" you would be in business with a very nice small fixed blade with essentially the same leaf shape as the Manix. With bolt on scales though, water will get in under the scales and rust (and A11 is not "stainless"). If you are diilent to disassemble and clean after getting blood all over it, it might be great. A11 does have incredible edge retention.
It seems like hunters like small fixed blades. Something with handles glued on would avoid sneaky rusting. The Manix 2 LW you mention is a great knife, but only you can decide if it is appropriate for hunting. Others may advise. S110V is another steel to keep on your radar. Very rust resistant and great edge retention -- and available in quite a few standard production models, but no fixed blades come to mind, maybe other will comment.
Well, congratulations! I hope I didn't steer you wrong. I was using my PM A11 mule in the kitchen for months and never noticed a bit of rust or staining (but I rinsed and dryed it reasonably promptly). But then someone mentioned water getting pulled behind the scales by capillary action, so I rushed to pull my scales off and sure enough, quite a bit of rust under the scales where it couldn't be seen. Nothing a little work with a wire brush cannot tame, then someday I am going to make some handles of my own and epoxy them on -- I even have the slabs of Micarta, but that is one of many projects that is on hold. Meanwhile I have switched to using the LC200N Mule for kitchen duty and the A11 blade is laying on the workbench.azdonw wrote: ↑Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:21 pmThanks to all for your help. I bought the A11 Mule Team after reading that the Mule Team program will be on hold or cancelled soon. I have been eyeing those for years, but they usually sell out in a day or two. I really wanted a S110V one, but those went VERY fast, and were too expensive on the used market. I'm pretty sure I can keep it from rusting, and I can live a patina...adds character. In fact, I may try to give a patina at the get go (although I read that it doesn't take a patina as well as other non-stainless steels).
I plan on building my own micarta scales and kydex sheeth.
That's a good point Lance. No pun intended. I studied my M2LW after your comment and would agree.