i bought Wusthof steak knives as a gift based on the reputation of the brand. It was for a dear friend to replace some other brand where several of the knife handles broke. Then my friend invited me to a steak dinner and I had a chance to use them. I didn't know which model so i just went with the Classic as I saw some other reviews on various sites. The price on overstock was the most attractive. From the feel, to the look, the shape, weight, it spoke top quality. The cut was clean and effortless. I am slowly putting together a Wusthof knife collection to give to the first one of my twin sons who moves out. It is an incentive program.