Join Date: May 2006
I do have some experience in blade smithing, so I'm perhaps thinking in different terms to some other people.
To me, a good quality blade is a blade that does the intended job well.
So my approach is objective driven:-
identify the objective, if that is well satisfied, the blade is of good or better quality.
This approach can be applied to bladed tools, such as wood chisels or reaping hooks, just as it can be applied to a bladed weapon that has been made as a work of art.
Thus, before declaring that something is superb compared to something else, first identify the objective of the item and then demonstrate that it either does, or does not do what it was made to do, and how well, or how badly it does that job.