I’ve been playing quite a lot since the patch that introduced the new combat system. I’ve noticed that several hardened steel weapons (hammer and war axe, i think there are a few others but i don’t remember them specifically) are better than their higher level counterparts (star metal and acheronian). Considering that star metal is simply higher level and harder to find and mine, and acheronian requires the highest level to be crafted, this seems a little odd to me. I don’t know if this is intended (which would absolutely puzzle me) or if the devs should look at this and correct it so higher level results into better weapons.
I know there is better stuff to be found in the game (just in case some people are worried about spoilers I won’t name them) but still, I think this is an issue worth fixing.