Master of weapons is such an antiquated notion it's a joke now.
As for /Nin again I didn't say it didn't have it's uses but the fact is Great Axe just does more damage. If you go fight certain NMs like Hydra you'll get destroyed if you're not /Nin so yes it has it's place I never said it didn't. You're really making mountains out of mole hills.
An Axe/Ridill build can do ok but you lose out on your maximum damage potential because you have to merit Axe/Sword. As for you never being out damaged Axe/Sword vs a GAX /Nin odds are you weren't up against people with similar gear or merits. The huge boost to acc/att from using a 2-hander is no joke. Ridill seems awesome because it's so rare but it's really not anything that special anymore. Ask any of the 4 Wars in my LS that have both and they'll tell you they parse better War/Nin using Perdu. They didn't even have to re-merit to notice the difference (though +16 skill helps a lot.)
As for a lot better survivability that's not quite true. In certain situations yes /Nin has it's advantages but in most situations seigan + third eye properly used is awesome. Third eye won't get wiped out by most magical based AoEs and also if you save in merit timing it well rushing drub, vorpal blade, pecking flurry, etc. are a joke. If you're solo tanking sure /Nin is better but then your damage is going to be hurt yet again by spending time casting ichi.
Edited, May 18th 2009 4:54am by OrsonBastokChampion