Yeah..Paul says Nickel is hard, but traditional Nickel frets are only about 20% Nickel and 60% copper. Zinc, another very soft metal, rounds out the formula. Jescar uses 62% copper, 18% Nickel, & 20% zinc. Compared to a stainless fret, it's not even in the same league in regards to hardness. Paul is first and foremost a salesman. Of course he is going to state it like he did.