I agree with the general statement that umberto is rude and and a tinge annoying (airing dirty laundry rather than handling the problem honestly and privately). But I see his point that there is a severe bias on this forum, whether earned or paid for I'm still trying to decide. Sometimes it is confusing. An analogy: NPR receives donations from Putnam investments, yes the journalists tell stories that are generally connected and most of the time it is positive. But you don't see Teri Gross rubbing her balls fawning over every investor like I see here as much as they have a right to be. But where is the pursuit to find better investments and advancing horizons? I read a thread of DT talking/teaching and comparing different steels, however a little biased but only a little. The thread was informative and helpful and I appreciated it. But when people rep EE, JNS, or Japan tool and all the others (no offense guys)I feel like people here are saying "take my money, I don't want it!" and for the prices hell you guys could fund a US university. I found that different dealers have the same knives at drastically different prices (shig for an example). Where is the competition? Also why do people here hate CKTG? Umberto, are you that sinical that you think the guy you bought your knife from is wringing his hands, cackling and counting his gold, reminesing how he sold a knife with a crack to one person? Reading your post made me think; if i was in his position i might, but probably not. For the most part I enjoy reading what people have to say here and I've learned a lot but only so much. There is an invisible wall here that no-one dares to piss on, and I find that to be limiting me in my pursuit of knowledge about my tools.