Very well spoken.What confuses me the most is that you seem to be concentrating on CATRA as if that is the only test Larrin has done and then claimed that the results of that test can predict all knife performance in every situation. It feels like you saw one graph which didn't agree with your experience and decided that all of his testing must be wrong. This reminds me of when he published his huge study of initially 48 steels and the whole knife world exploded because many, including some makers felt insulted that their favorite steels got low scores. Larrin provides all sorts of tests including wear resistance, toughness, corrosion resistance, hardness, microstructure, etc. He explains his testing, conclusions and ideas of what the results imply or why they turned out that way. Sometimes he is surprised with the results himself and wants to do further studies. What else do people want from him? Do you actually expect him to test your particular application and your particular preferences? You are being asked about your background not because you have to be a maker, but because what you've wrote sounds pretty ignorant of the subject discussed. You say you have basic understanding of the metallurgy and knife design, but it doesn't come through in what you write. It is very difficult for me to believe that after reading everything Larrin posted you can come to a conclusion that he has some sort of an agenda or that he even claims that wear resistance or high carbide volume are everything in a knife. I've never seen or heard him claim this, so I am not sure where you got this.
Then you challenge others to do stuff for you. You ask people to sharpen their knives a certain way to prove something to you. You ask makers how their steel of choice benefits you for your particular application. Then you seem to be surprised at the reaction you receive
So far you haven't proven anything and worse you haven't shown anything. It is pretty simple. Take a few knives in low alloy steel and high alloy steels, make sure geometry is the same, hardness is the same, etc and do your own "real world" testing. Then report back. Please include data, testing methodology, high zoom images of the edge and any other relevant data. Sharpen them to whatever angle you want with whatever you want. We can then discuss your results. I suspect that after doing this you will get results similar to what Larrin reports, not just in CATRA, but in the combined body of his work. Kitchen knives are not magic and their performance can be predicted and explained, but to do this good data is required. It is very easy to criticize someone else's work without contributing, it is much harder to actually do something useful. I am sure that if you came in with good data that contradicted Larrin's we would gladly discuss it and Larrin would do the same. As is, so far you haven't contributed anything just attacked a few people, whined about being attacked and demanded others to do something for you.