Knives sharpened every time you return them Back to the block they came with
Seems to be a good starter set. Sharp and easy to handle. The block also does not slide and remains firmly in place on the counter.
These knives are very sharp and get an A+ for functionality. Keep in mind though that in person, the knifes are actually lighter and the wood block is actually darker. This shouldn't matter too much unless you're more concerned about the color of your set. Also it does not come with a honing tool or scissors like most knife blocks. Overall, I'm pleased with way the knives perform.