I voted “undecided”, by which I mean, I likely won’t participate.
Don’t get me wrong, I think the mule program was fantastic.
At a reasonable cost, it put many new and adventurous steels in a standardized fixed-blade that many afis liked and judged collectible. And Spyderco got valuable (if incidental) feedback. Then, Spyderco offered these “pre-approved” steels (thanks, beta-testers), along with the other steels it thought good enough for picky us, in folders.
It was for the folders that I came to Spyderco. I had already winnowed my fixed-blades to match my needs (that is, until Lance’s WaterWay came along...).
But why would I buy into folding mules (costing more than FBs), even in a model I like, when I can choose from a wondrous array of Glesser and collab folders, now in a wider range of steels than when the original mule program began?
Even without a renewed mule program, I think Spyderco pretty much knows already how to choose, then optimize a steel to please us. Indeed, has Spyderco ever flubbed these decisions?
INCOMING: Enuff Salt sheepsfoot; Roadie. ON RADAR: “Crucarta” Shaman sprint; Stretch2 straight-spine sprint; Siren; Maxamet PM2. IN DREAMS: K390 Military2 stop-lock; 4V Native Chief; Slysz Swayback; Anso Rock Lobster; Nishijin “R”; C27 serrated Jess Horn.