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Warren in Lancaster, PA
This sounds like lack of experience. There are numerous examples where one wood is more abusive to an edge than another that has higher density. What we call stringiness is one factor. In general a wood with a homogeneous texture is easier on an edge than similar density wood with an uneven texture. And a given species would have a range of hardness and a range of density.
Although beech and sugar maple overlap in these characteristics, sugar maple is generally harder on an edge.