I'm usually of the opinion that a bit is only as harsh as the hands on the reins and that a good bit needs to be able to be a 1 or a 10 as the situation demands. I have no problem with twisted bits if used properly. I see no reason behind the chain bit although if it didn't have the jagged teeth I would be a much milder bit. I try to stay away from bits that are derived from broken down machinery. Barrel racers use some bits that look like they are made out of spare parts from a motorcycle shop and that, to me, is a sign of very poor horsemanship.
There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill