The mother of pearl stuff is loud for my tastes but I KNOW some people like them. I've seen enough pictures of guys with them so why not. I'm not the arbiter of taste that's for sure.
My general guidelines for picking stuff up these days is:
Are they made in a small shop?
Are they not available widely, especially in the USA?
Are they of interest to my customers?
Do they perform well?
As you can see from our closeout page we're methodically jettisoning all the larger company mass produced stuff.http://www.chefknivestogo.com/itou.html