I always thought Globals were the ugliest knives ever, so I ignored them for a long time. I was in Williams Sonoma one day and they had a knife demo and the Globals (among others) were out so I picked one up and then it was all over. It was so light and fit my hand so well, I didn't want to put it down! Went home and did a little online homework, then eventually ordered carving, chef's and vegetable knives. Almost didn't get the veg. knife, but now it's my best friend. I expect I'll be adding others to the block soon.