Is there any indication that Sanrenmu knives are afflicted with some of these problems? There's no doubt that bad materials make bad knives. But that isn't in question. What is the problem is we have folks willing to dismiss these knives with no experience, even no negative hearsay, about their quality. To the contrary, the anecdotes have been quite positive. Yet reluctance from some members is held so tightly that, in the absence of negative reports, rationales for dismissing the knives switches in different directions (what is this mystery steel?). The goalposts move whenever the last concern is eliminated. Dismissing a knife because it has unknown steel, especially when reports seem to indicate that steel quality is not an issue, is snobbery. Particularly when some well respected manufacturers engage in that very practice. And in this case, it's a moot point, because the manufacturer does indicate what type of steel is used. The persons objecting simply didn't know, or didn't bother to look it up.