My name is Andrew and I'm a knife addict. (I'm a total lightweight compared to most people who post here, though!)
Jon B. pointed me here. I haven't been much of a participant in forums in general for a long time. Here I lurk more than post, but there's always someone more knowledgeable than I posting within the hours after I consider it, so it keeps me a bit quieter online than in person.
I like to cook almost as much as I like knives, which is all kinds of backwards -- and probably much like many of us! And am just a home cook, and not a particularly accomplished one -- I just learned it's better, less expensive, and in my case came about out of a concern with control of what was in food and making healthier choices. I believe a thing worth doing is worth doing badly (at least until I can do it well).
My knives up till ecently were French carbons. It is because of an internet search on one aspect of those that I discovered various forums to lurk around, and found a new enthusiasm for Japanese knives. I used to participate in a forum that greeted n00b's with "Sorry about your wallet!" Certainly knives aren't as wallet-killing as some things, but I hear that phrase in my head just from typing here, too!