I think this is the key. The longer I use different knives/styles/steels ans lurk on forums, the more convinced I am that the wild disparities in a knife/steel’s performance is due to the huge spread in how and what people are cutting. I hate S30V because I have chipped it so much. But I am about 90% sure it’s simply the wrong steel for how I use my EDC. Any quality steel (assuming good heat tread and design) will perform well SOMEWHERE... but maybe not on my belt or in my pocket. Just my unqualified opinion.