I just don't understand certain things. Basically what I've found is that in order to craft successfully at rank 10 or higher, I need to upgrade my crafting tools. The first problem I run into is that I'm required to have at LEAST 3-4 crafts leveled just to make the tools. Ok, they want everything to be intertwined... I get the concept. The main problem I have is when certain items, for instance a Bronze Cross-Pein Hammer (rank 7 blacksmith tool), requires Undyed Canvas, a rank 21 weaving synth. Uh, excuse me? So let me get this straight... I will fail a good portion of the rank 10+ synths with the starter tools because that's the way the system works, but in order to make the tools that will allow me to NOT fail, I need to have a class at rank 21?
Someone really needs to make me understand the logic to this, because as it is currently I have become so unbelievably frustrated with the crafting system that I want to just give it up completely. That makes me sad, because I actually LIKE crafting. I like the mini-game, I like the ability to craft all my own gear. But if it is going to require me to rank up 4-5 different crafts just to make 1 item of CONSIDERABLY lower rank, why bother? Is there actually any justification to this system or is this just another case of SE throwing a gigantic time-sink at us and playing it off as "complete customization!"?