I'm a chef and wanted a decent set of knives for home use. They are well balanced and good quality for the money. They keep their edge a good length of time and do not require constant honing or sharpening. The candy apple color on the knives is fantastic though it is just plain red paint on the shears. I'd buy this again and wouldn't hesitate to give it as a gift and that says a lot since most of my friends are chefs as well.