Let's not also forget that rebranding is pretty common practice for Japanese knives too.
Good to hear you found something cheap and easy that is of "good enough" quality. I think its important to be able to share better knives with people without having to show them the full Monty.
Not a lot of us were using stamped Walmart knives one day and Shigs the next, it's a progression, so finding a good gateway drug... I mean knife, has great value.