It has always been my understanding that the Japanese don't consider the handle on their kitchen knives that important. It is just something you hold on to while using what hopefully is a finely crafted blade. I also think if Murray only offered rat tailed blades his sales at knife shows to the general public would go down to about zero. That said, I own maybe a dozen Carters and almost all of them have had the handle come off at one time or another. A little bit of super glue and back they go to the block.