I live in a village. I own an axe, a hatchet, a chisel, a chainsaw and many other tools. I have two main knives, Mora Basic 511 and Opinel No. 7. I know that it is almost impossible to work with blunt tools. It is also dangerous. For me, the issue of tools sharpening is the most concerning thing connected with Cataclysm. Everlasting tools are irritating. What is more, they contrast with all other realistic elements of gameplay.
What is my suggestion?
Players should be able to sharpen their tools with four sharpening tools:
- coarse whetstone which provides us with sharpness quality of 1
- medium whetstone which provides us with sharpness quality of 2
- fine whetsone which provides us with sharpness quality of 3
- hone (a leather strap, a ceramic rod) which provides us with sharpness quality of 4
What is very important, players should be capable of using a rock or a file as a sharpening tool that acts as a coarse whetstone.
All sharpening tools should spawn at houses, lumber mills, butcher’s shops, cabins, sport shops etc.
Tools should become blunt faster after a hard use (butchering large game, chopping many trees, cutting ropes or cardboards etc) and slower after an ordinary, everyday use (cooking, fighting, simple crafting etc).
I am aware that it may seem tedious, annoying, debilitating etc but sharpening tools is an ESSENTIAL part of humans’ life. Native Americans were not eager to use their old bone and stone knives after testing iron knives. Edge retention of those iron knives was astonishing for them.
I know that it is a crazy idea but I believe that it is necessary since all other elements of Cataclysm are so realistic