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?
Marc <— a mere data-point
RECENT ARRIVAL: Maxamet PM2. ON RADAR: Lil’ Native slipjoint; Siren; PM2 tanto; SPY27 Para3; S45V PM2 sprint; Rex45 Native Chief sprint. IN DREAMS: V4E Military2 stop-lock; 4V Native Chief; Slysz Swayback; C27 serrated Jess Horn; Vanax Massad Ayoob (SE) sprint; LC200N Breeden Captain (recurve SE) sprint.