I wouldn't judge a knife by the description from an online retailer. That's a sales pitch from the retailer, not from Takamura. Again, I don't think the people that write that online retailer's copy are also telling the Takamura brothers how to make knives. Takamura knives are legit and well respected. They make excellent knives, if you like western handled lasers. If you are interested, this is marketing copy from their US importer that describes the Takamura more objectively. https://www.mtckitchen.com/takamura-knives/ If you browse MTC's selection, you will see that Takamura also make a "pro" line of R2 knives with a harder cladding and more durable handles.