I have played this game under the impression that tools are not the same and that pioneer > all else. I was wrong. Different tool types require different resources to make as we all know. Pioneer tools require mostly wood, trapper mostly bone, forager mostly stone etc. I think devs wanted to give everyone an opportunity to make tools regardless of where they live and what kind or resources they have access to.
This is not a theory. I have a set of pioneer tools of high quality. And few different tools of very high quality that are not pioneer. I can make stuff of higher quality using non pioneer tools in same trade, like leathercrafting or even toolcrafting.
Maybe later when decay is introduced pioneer tools will be more durable and would mean more then now, but today only quality of the tool matters.
Anyone had same experience?