I kind of agree. Case's trusharp is about as hard as the butter knives in my kitchen, but they'll still get sharp and cut stuff. Sharpening it, while more frequent, takes about 30 seconds. It annoys me that the market seems to be moving away from edge retention for some reason. We keep seeing new steels, but we rarely see a real performance increase. I know I can trust Spyderco's numbers because Sal's a steel nerd and would likely throw out an entire batch of blades rather than selling them with a poor HT. I know I can trust Rockstead because their ridiculous HRC is half of their sales model. I figure I can probably trust customs that were treated by Peters... Sounds like plenty of options to me. I'll just buy those.