7 years to be exact, and I have been browsing online vendors and forums to sort of play catch up. Here are some of my observations: 1. All knife prices have gone up 25-35% or more (Carter has gone up 50% for example) 2. Kurouchi finish is WAY more popular than it used to be. 3. Perception of what an expensive knife is has changed. The KS at OLD prices was considered a pricey production knife, and a Shig at $400 was an extravagance/grail knife for many. 4. I should have bought boxes of Masamoto KS Gyutos when they were under $280 a pop. 5. The KS is the most copied knife profile EVER, yet, nothing can really replace a KS. 6. I wish I never sold ANY of my Shigefusas. 7. Whose this Kato guy? 8. The 'Semi-Stainless' marketing trend took off like a rocket. 9. There are many newly introduced brands. Some new, and some have been around awhile in Japan. I think the market is now saturated at the lower end. 10. There has been a proliferation of 'artisanal' western makers creating 'Japanese' style knives. 11. It's becoming harder to wade through everything that is available in an effort to discern the quality makes from the mediocre and the profiteers. This makes old guard brands like Masamoto, Misono, and Mizuno give me warm fuzzy feelings. 12. Human nature/behaviour is constant.