Since their introduction in 1982, Global knives have become extremely popular all over the world. One of the reasons for this is that blades of these Japanese knives are manufactured from the best Japanese stainless steel and are given a socalled convex edge right out of the factory. Most European knives have a sharp transition between the actual edge and the rest of the blade, and it is this ridge that creates drag while cutting, even with an otherwise sharp knife. Global knives don't have this transition on their knives and as a result cut effortlessly whatever needs cutting. This is no salespitch, but a fact which you can actually feel. Because of the convex edge and the fact that Global knives are made from harder steel than their European counterparts they stay sharp much longer also.