Every review I read said the block was the biggest issue with these knives... that the knives were good but the block was a little splintery. My block was fine. No splinters at all. The knives, however, aren't worth anything. Of all of the 22 pieces I've got, 17 of them have broken. I've only had them for 5 months The first handle broke off not two days after I received them, while I was cutting watermelon. The next two days after that while I was cutting potatoes. The blades are not sharp at all, causing a hazard, becuase then the handle breaks while you are trying to cut somehing as tough as a tomato, and then you can cut yourself. DON"T BUY THESE!!! Spend your $$ on something a little nicer.