I had a revelation... an epiphany of sorts. My favorite knives are cheap carbon steel. Until recently my favorites are two that don't even have a makers mark on them. Recently I got a Forgecraft 10 inch chef knife and it became the sharpest knife in my quiver. So now I'm getting a couple others, like a paring knife and slicer. I may never use my German Henckels or Japanese Shun knives again. And I certainly have no interest now in more expensive Japanese knives. I feel so liberated!