The problem I see with just choosing an existing model for this, is that it will essentially be deduced to sprint runs of that knife. The idea of testing steel will probably get thrown out the window pretty quick when everyone is more focused on the handle colors. Will everyone be satisfied with just black as a handle? Or will we have a thread for every version announced clamoring about what color it should be?
Spyderco is a very innovative
company. It's honestly kind of frustrating to see so many requests for them to just settle for mediocrity. They're more than capable of designing a purpose built folding Mule team knife.
I hate to sound like the overly negative one here, because I would love to see a folding Mule team knife. I just really don't want to see a bunch of, what amount to, sprint runs released under the guise of them being used for testing purposes.
In my opinion, the Urban and Lil Native are both too small to provide worthwhile testing results anyway. Using the lines from the current fixed blade Mule team, it would work fine as a folder. Here is a crude drawing of what I mean.