This product was just perfect for my two sons both moving into apartments and needing virtually everything. Not only did it provide a great variety of knives, the kitchen shears were a great addition and the storage block so convenient. Really can't beat the value! They are both thrilled with this product.
I am so glad to get these. They are very sharp and all the right size for everything I want to cut. The weight of each is a very comfortable weight and they handle very good. Just the right size of block too for the space I have for them. I always clean my knives by hand with warm soap water, I never put them in the dishwasher. I think they last longer that way. I might get my son a set of these too.
Okay so these knives did not cost a lot therefore to expect them to hold up for a long time is not realistic. Unfortunately my knives began to rust after a few weeks even though I took good care of them. I personally think you should go with another set of knives, pay the extra money, and not risk it with these.
I really like my new knives. The utility knife is especially helpful. My old one, I discovered, is very dull. I haven't had a chance to use all of them. I used the small santoku(?) and loved it. I can't wait to try the knife for peeling round fruit. I don't really like the fact that the knives go in sideways and the scissors are not as nice as my older pairs--which I kept.
Bought these for our new cabin vacation rental and am very pleased with the quality and assortment of knives for this price. The knives are sharp and look great on the counter. Considering the price of knife sets these days, this is a great deal.
Great value if you need a knife set for a 2nd home or you can not afford the big name brands. Great assortment including 3 different paring knives. It even came with a nice pair of sissors. You will need to buy a sharpening steel because it does not come with one. We bought this for a 2nd home where we had very little cutlery. It is a great find. They don't recommend putting them in the dishwasher however ( most knives have this recommendation ).
The name is bit misleading as it's not made in Chicago or for that matter the US. it's made in China and the handles are quite flimsy. That said if you are not into serious cooking the set will do quite nicely. If a friend is looking for a cheap set for not heavy duty cooking I will recommend this product. Otherwise look some more.