OK, so this isn't exclusive to j-knives but I'm curious as to how well the j-knife markings hold up over time as I think they are a key part of the aesthetics of these knife. I MIGHT be in the market for another new knife in the next month or two (already ordered a Messermeister based on my want for a German knife with some heft for specific tasks). I have a hattori HD petty but the markings are ingraved and not paint/ink. There seems to be at least a little divide between some folks who don't care at all about aesthetics (just want a highly functional "tool") and the folks who might place aesthetics at the top of their list (insert naive Su La Table shopper here). Consider me a mix of the two... maybe. We'll see if I still feel this way after this thread, LOL. I'm a home cook so my knife won't take the constant abuse of a pro kitchen. It might take me 10 years to dice 500 onions instead of one morning. And therefore I feel like I can veer towards aesthetics a little more and hopefully have the knife still look great for years. Let me be a little more specific: 1. Will a Tojiro, Mac Pro, epicedge Ryusen Blazen, kikcuihi TKC, Hattori FH (a knives I'm considering) etc... keep their japanese characters on the blade for 5 years under normal household wear and tear? Will the characters essentially look perfect or will bits and pieces of them be worn off? 2. I've heard some stories about the damascus type patterns scratching or wearing. I have a Shun Classic (I know - GASP.. ...) that's about 1 year old, used a lot and doesn't show any wear in the "faux" damascus really, IMO.