Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

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Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby Ankerson » Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:44 pm

Was sent this for testing By Sal as was stated in the Mule team thread. Been having a real blast working with this, it was a real pleasure really working with RWL-34.

This is my standard testing format, rope cardboard and wood.

Edge geometry and finish are 15 DPS and 400 Grit.


Starting off with the rope cutting, 5/8" manila rope was cut until 20 LBS of downforce was reached, 440 cuts was reached until 20 LBS of downforce. Was still phonebook paper slicing sharp, no edge damage was noticed.

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Next was the cardboard cutting, I cut 3,000 linear FT of cardboard, knife was resharpened before this stage to refresh the edge, at the end it would still slice phonebook paper easy.


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Last stage was wood, whittled pine and snapped out the edge a number of times and took a large piece of wood out as is shown in the photos. Knife was not sharpened after the cardboard.



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Sharpening was done on an Edge Pro Apex as shown.

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I also monitored the edge sharpness with my KN-100 Sharpness tester during the whole testing process.

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Conclusion:

Performance was excellent, sharpening and or reprofiling shouldn't be too difficult from what I saw and experienced. I didn't notice anything other than normal edge wear that was expected. RWL-34 proved to be a real performer as can be seen above and I would like to see one of the normal models in it in the future.

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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby SpyderNut » Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:51 pm

Very nice review and pictures, sir. I am tempted more than ever to pick one of these up. :o By the way, what is the thickness behind the edge on your test blade?
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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby Ankerson » Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:54 pm

SpyderNut wrote:Very nice review and pictures, sir. I am tempted more than ever to pick one of these up. :o By the way, what is the thickness behind the edge on your test blade?

MIne was .019" before reprofiling, .020" after reprofiling to 15 DPS. :)

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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby SG89 » Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:06 pm

Great review!
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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby Johnnie1801 » Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:07 pm

Thanks Jim, nicely done! You're going to need an assistant soon with all that cardboard cutting :D Are you still using the moldmaster stones?
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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby Joris Mo » Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:43 pm

Cool review, thanks. Also very nice scales on that mule!

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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby Ankerson » Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:27 pm

Johnnie1801 wrote:Thanks Jim, nicely done! You're going to need an assistant soon with all that cardboard cutting :D Are you still using the moldmaster stones?

Yes, still using the Moldmasters. :)

Took me 2 days just to cut the cardboard, took my time doing it.

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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby Ankerson » Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:28 pm

Joris Mo wrote:Cool review, thanks. Also very nice scales on that mule!

Those are Halpern scales. :)

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Postby Joris Mo » Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:58 pm

Thanks! Just looked those scales up, might get some someday.

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Postby SpyderNut » Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:31 pm

Ankerson wrote:
SpyderNut wrote:Very nice review and pictures, sir. I am tempted more than ever to pick one of these up. :o By the way, what is the thickness behind the edge on your test blade?

MIne was .019" before reprofiling, .020" after reprofiling to 15 DPS. :)
Thanks, Jim. :)
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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby bearfacedkiller » Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:34 pm

It did really well. I have been trying to scratch up the funds for the 4V mule and now this. I just snagged a Sprig instead which is phenomenal and I am super stoked about it but still... Argh... What to do? Now I need the 4V and this one.

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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby Tdog » Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:01 pm

Thanks Jim, you are tooooooo fast. I noticed you've already updated the Ranking of Steels thread on BF. Appreciate all you do to keep us knife nuts up to date with your testing. An 8" fillet in this steel would be fantastic . :rolleyes:
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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby farnorthdan » Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:51 pm

Great review Jim, thanks. Mine came yesterday but haven't had a chance to check it out yet, out of town for work.
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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby akaAK » Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:14 am

Thanks for the review as always. Yours are my favourite as they seem to match up with what my expectations of a knifes actual uses are.

Not to derail but I have a couple of the Halpern Micarta scales and they are very good.

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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby Ankerson » Wed Apr 13, 2016 10:48 am

akaAK wrote:Thanks for the review as always. Yours are my favourite as they seem to match up with what my expectations of a knifes actual uses are.

Not to derail but I have a couple of the Halpern Micarta scales and they are very good.

Thanks, I try and make things realistic as I can while still being controlled to keep it accurate. :)

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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby akaAK » Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:30 am

Appreciated the time and effort. I respect the attempts at consistent testing but I am the first to admit that my cutting technique can vary wildly. As I get tired, as the knife dulls, how much time I have to complete a task. The human variable is very hard to remove. A test set-up like yours tries to minimize this without removing what I see as the "real world" use of a knife.

Most days I would not come close to this amount of cutting.

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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby Ankerson » Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:37 am

akaAK wrote:Appreciated the time and effort. I respect the attempts at consistent testing but I am the first to admit that my cutting technique can vary wildly. As I get tired, as the knife dulls, how much time I have to complete a task. The human variable is very hard to remove. A test set-up like yours tries to minimize this without removing what I see as the "real world" use of a knife.

Most days I would not come close to this amount of cutting.

I doubt most people would really, something like 3,000 ft of cardboard is a lot of cutting if you think about it.

Just something like breaking down boxes for the bin for example, that would be a lot of boxes. LOL

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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby WireEdge Roger » Wed Apr 13, 2016 12:33 pm

That's great! And that's why RWL-34 or CPM-154 are my ideal steels on a folder. They are so well balanced!

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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby Blerv » Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:12 pm

Awesome stuff, Jim. Thanks for your review!

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Re: Mule Team 22 RWL-34 Testing/Review

Postby Surfingringo » Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:35 pm

Great info Jim. Thanks for the work!


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