Over a year ago, someone said something in a forum that resonated with me about supporting custom knife makers, and since then I have exclusively bought from custom makers.
And when I talked with Devin a while back he mentioned how hard it was to compete in terms of price with the Japanese makers -- I mean, come on, a Konosuke HD 240 wa gyuoto is $206!!
I know not everyone can dish out the cash during these lean times, and I still would love to try out a lot of knives, but for now I can and prefer dealing with the makers involved in the knife forums.
Here is my knife family so far.
* Pierre x3 (smaller knives)
* Ealy (gyuto on the way)
* Fowler (just purchased two gyutos)
* Devin (one mid-tech, one custom, and one suji on the way)
* Marko (suji on the way)
* Martell (240 gyuto)
* Adam Marr (honesuki on the way)
* Pendray (hunter)
None of them have been adopted, but I still need a Rader, Harner, and Burke (among others).
Edit: Correction, I have bought a yanagiba from Jon and have my eye on one other knife. Other than that it is all custom makers.