Having worked at several gourmet restaraunts, I like to thing I have become pretty good at judging the quality of knives. My mother purhcased this set for me a while ago and I must say, I am not all too impressed by these knives. They are fairly well made, but they started out dull from the beginning. On the package under the name it says "never needs sharpening!" and I have to say this is entirely untrue. I have had to sharpen the blades on a few of them after just a few uses. The only reason I have continued to use them is because they were free. One good point is the poultry shears. They are just the right size blades, they have a good contour for handling and I have yet to sharpen them. If you are thinking about buying these knives, I would reccomend buying the pieces individually and just getting a few to start, if you are impressed, build your collection. They are able to be purchased online on numerous websites in sets or in single items.