The Pure Komachi knives are excellent kitchen knives for all occasions. While using these, I found that no matter what I cut through and wanted to chop, it was easily cut. the knives are easy to use and feature a coating on the super sharp blade to keep the food from sticking to it. the handles are colorful and have icons on them so you don't cut chicken then veggies, to prevent crossing bacteria. The sharpness of the knives are my favorite part, they are ready right out of the box to get to work. I found that the cutlery cleaned up very easy, with a dishcloth and water/soap. I would not recommend dishwasher cleaning for these or any good knife, that will peel off the protective coatings on the blades. Overall, I superior set and strongly recommended to the novice or professional chef.