I absolutely agree with you, David. I believe the best Japanese tools are those that strike a good (the best for the particular user) balance between hardness and toughness. And a lot depends upon the technique of the user.
Originally Posted by David DeCristoforo
I'm not opposed to Japanese tools. I'm glad we have the choice - some people find they are the best tools for their use.
But when someone claims that all Japanese tools are superior to all western tools, my skepticism alarm goes off.
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