Originally Posted by Xexist
Question: Are the increased quality items (Im refering to axes, but the question is probably applicable to all other tools) more durable, or just faster? IE If I want to just get a crapload of the cheapest axe, will they last for less amount of uses, or will it last the same amount of uses, just take more time?
Both. Higher quality tools will do the job faster and last longer. I had made 3-4 flint pickaxes when I made my first stone one. I'd use the flint on normal rock and the stone one for ore as it was quicker. Pretty soon I had enough ore to make bronze pickaxes and I hadn't even worn out the stone one yet. Now I'm up to steel ones and still trying to use up my bronze and iron ones. I go off on long mining missions far away from my base near the portal and have to go deep now looking for gold ore. The steel pickaxe feels like it will last a long time!