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The BESSU mission can be summed up quite succinctly: education. Interestingly, education, but not in the sense most often associated with the term. BESSU's educational mission, in the majority, is not teaching but rather awareness of a very valuable tool. Our mission is sizable in scope because the BESS was designed for the many as opposed to the few. While many, if not most, of the scales and instrumentation in use today were designed for the scientific and engineering community the BESS was designed for the use and benefit of everyone. Tools that cut, shear, and slice are ubiquitous in both our homes and at work. It is important that we remember to express and describe the principles of this new tool in a manner that can be easily understood and applied by everyone whether they be at work in the lab or in the kitchen.

We feel that we have made very significant progress in this regard and in a very short period of time. Thousands actively use the BESS on almost a daily basis and tens of thousands more use the BESS indirectly or have an awareness of it. References can now be found to the BESS and BESS scores in editorials, social media, and industrial publications frequently now.

With little doubt, this very accelerated level of awareness can be attributed not to the work of BESSU but rather to the efforts of our users. BESSU has been very fortunate in having fallen into the arms of a very forward thinking community of sharpeners, knife and woodworking manufacturers, chefs (home and professional) and industrial users. Without these group's willingness to examine and adopt new technologies, the BESS would already have been relegated to the dust bin. To our top educators, BESS users, we extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation.

We have much work to do at BESSU in terms of further defining various aspects of the scale and we expect, once again, that our very active supporters from the scientific and engineering communities will play a key role. First and foremost among these projects will be establishing the linear aspects of the BESS scale and quantifying any mechanical effects that might affect linearity. A special thank you as well to our professional and scientific community for their help. I have had the pleasure of meeting with many of you at meetings and in the offices of our licensees. The devotion of time to our project is much appreciated. Together we hope to make the BESS a better tool for all.
                 Comments by
  Bernard Propst
Executive Director and CEO