Thanks to Nick for the warm welcome. I've never belonged to a site where you post to before so I hope I'm entering my first post in the right place. I'm a 67 yr old wife, mother and at home cook. I actually found a blog in here about choosing a chef's knife when I was searching out information on the Masamato vg-10. I was surprised to find a thread and read wonderful information from seasoned and informed members. I realized this place could be a gold mine of information so decided I needed to join and here I am. Look forward to learning a lot in here. Married to a vegetarian for 33 yrs and feeling sometimes like a human Cuisinart, I figger it's time to learn from some informed and passionate professionals! I've been a hairdresser and salon owner for 45 yrs and now retired. I was passionate about having the best tools for my trade and feel the same about outfitting my kitchen.