Yes, that makes a lot of sense, Albatross.Albatross wrote: ↑Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:23 amIt seems that some of the Mules are run harder, which makes sense, since they were meant for testing essentially. The K390 Pm2 and Para 3 were run softer than the P4, and if I'm not mistaken, the Mule had an even higher hrc than the P4. The Zdp-189 knives were supposedly run harder a few years ago than they are now. How accurate that is, I don't know, but there appears to be a trend, at least with some of the more exotic steels, of being run softer as time goes on. I have to wonder how much of that is a result of knives being sent in for repairs, broken blades or other, similar issues.
The P4 was apparently run a fair bit harder than both the K390 Urban and the PM2, which makes me value it even more. I didn't know that about the K390 Mule.
Yep, the ZDP189 Mule actually ran into cracking problems for a few users, IIRC, which no doubt led to the hardness being dialled down a bit thereafter.
I think sometimes we knife knuts need to remember that the average Joe or Jill has very different standards to us.
Spyderco see all the snapped tips returned to them, from behaviour that we would scorn as knife abuse, and those users still need to be kept happy.
I suppose part of the value of threads like this is also in building up multiple data points.
I'd be interested to see any more AEB-L Urban RC readings.