Never in my life have I had such a good buy as these knives. I hate dull, old knives - if you're going to do all the work of chopping and cutting, it's agony to have to do it with bad equipment. These knives are the best I've ever used, for any price, ever. They're pretty, they cut beautifully, they clean up easily and they store well. They seem quite durable, too, as I'm not easy on my knives and after half a year, they are no worse than the day I received them. I can't say enough good things about these knives. I'm only writing a review, unsolicited, because I'm on the page buying more for gifts.