Because these were KitchenAid I expected better. But all in all they are OK for a vacation home or for an entry set. If you are accustomed to "serious knives" these will disappoint. The so called chef's knife is light weight and lacks proper balance and the serrated knife isn't long enough to be called a bread knife. It looks like somebody that doesn't cook much tried to re-design what should be in a basic knife set. I bought them for a second home so I decided to keep them to get me by. I could not afford another set of good knives so these will work. For the money they are a good value.