Not to mention that everyone acts like Japanese stuff is superior just because it's japanese.
How are your pattern welded knives holding up? Are they picking up a patina? (I've always wondered about this...)
People are still enamored with the mythology, and miss the point their metal was garbage and you had to fold it. On the Global knives though, take away the Japanese part, and it's still perfect.
On the pattern welded ones, no patina, still a mirror finish. They look exactly like when I got them. I use the 8" chef & butcher knives quite a bit, but not the smaller ones that came with the set. I love the butcher knife. The blade could be bigger, but the weight is exactly what you'd want.