I agree with much of what you said (but I suspect that you slightly misinterpreted what Odie was saying), but as you know, there are also many different kinds of stainless steel including apparently at least one that is excellent for sharp knives with excellent edge holding properties. I have not seen many pocket knives that have SS blades, but I have one that I got almost a half century ago that holds its own in long lasting edge sharpness and toughness compared to any other blade that I have used. I still remember the price because it was outrageously expensive for the time ($25) when a very good pocket knife would cost around $5. I have no idea what type of SS it might be. As far as all of the other SS blades that I have seen, I would have to agree with you since their only claim to fame seems to be not rusting.