Has anyone noticed any actual effect on results when crafting with Artisan and/or Master tools?
The only difference I have seen is that the normal crafting succeeded message is replaced with a message saying you crafted a master item. There is nothing of note about this "master item", however. The quality isn't boosted beyond what you would expect by using normal trapper/pioneer variants and there is no tooltip or visual indication that the item is any different.
Seriously, if we are going to get new shiny special items that have shiny special effects the mechanism to identify items as shiny and special need to be in place at the time they are introduced into the game. If such indicators aren't yet ready, then we need to at least be told what they are supposed to do. If they are just better bonus versions of the regular tools, fine, but at least give us more info than "gives a 'bonus'".
For now the artisan and master schemes seem to be nothing more than a notch on the OCD accomplishment belt.