MT09P Mule Team Fixed Blade featuring Cobalt Special MT09P will be available for sale on Tuesday, 1-Mar-2011 at 1000 (MDT) All sales will be handled by the Spyderco Factory Outlet store online at www.spyderco.com. Maximum Purchase Allowed: 2 Cost: $ $84.95 each Domestic Shipping: Standard Shipping rates apply. International Shipping: International shipments will be sent out according to our International Shipping Schedule: Shopping Cart Total: $0-$99 - Shipping/Handling Charge $25 Shopping Cart Total: $100-$399 - Shipping/Handling Charge $35 Shopping Cart Total: $400 and higher - Shipping/Handling Charge $50 International shipments will be via USPS International Priority Mail. Please be aware, we will have limited tracking capabilities. Tracking once it leaves the US is dependent upon the postal services outside the US and their ability to provide it. However, this will completely eliminate UPS Brokerage Fees. About Cobalt Special: Takefu is a premier Japanese steel company specializing in the production of steels used for household and industrial cutlery. They produce blades using clad steel. Clad steels are a composite of different metals some hard, some softer, fused or bonded to each other. Paring different steel types together elevates performance by combining the best characteristics of each material and where the steels overlay each other, a fine Hamon or line develops. Traditional Japanese swords featured clad steels, layering tough harder steel with softer bendable ones which resulted in a steel combination that made them difficult to break or bend. Spydercos MT09 Mule Team is Takefus Cobalt Special steel enveloped within slices of SUS420J2. The two steels laminated as one boost toughness, improve corrosion resistance and generate lasting sharpness in a blade that is relatively easy to sharpen. What is the Mule Team: For those of you unfamiliar with our Mule Team Project, it is unique to Spyderco. In-house we call knife samples designed and built for testing and evaluation Mules. We know a healthy percentage of knife users are interested in different blade steels and their performance abilities. Running with that, we released an ongoing Mule Team Project. Several times per year we unveil the same single-piece fixed blade patterned knife in a different and exotic blade steel. This lets steel-obsessed knife knuts test, try and use something normally not offered to the industry. Product runs are limited to 600 1000 pieces of each steel type depending on foundry requirements. Mule Blades are leaf-shaped with a sharpened and finished PlainEdge blade but with an unfinished handle providing a do-it-yourself opportunity. The unfinished handle has a series of holes for attaching custom handle scales or for wrapping with para-cord. Each piece is sold without handle scales or a carry sheath focusing the project on the blade steel. This opens endless creative possibilities for the owner to design their own handle scale and carry options. *The composition for Cobalt Special will be added to the steel chart here on our site very soon. We're working on it now.