Hi All, First post here and I would like to thank everyone here first for all your wisdom in the forum. Its been great reading all the threads and I just couldn't help myself asking a question. I currently own a set of Global knives, and I just dont understand why everyone hates them here. Down under in Australia I got myself a set for $300 AUD last year, that includes a 9cm paring knife, 11cm utility, 16cm "sandwich"(more like a serrated utility), 14cm nakiri, 18cm santouku and 20cm chefs knife. Ill be honest, if they were full price I wouldn't buy them myself as, but having used them for a year I actually quite enjoy them. They can take more abuse then usual Japanese knives as they are softer (56-58 HRC), and I've used the chef knife to butterfly quails (which I believe would chip a traditional Japanese Gyuoto?) and cut up an butternut squash (Shun says doing that would damage their knives LOL). Would be interested to hear everyone's thoughts on both sides of the argument.