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These aren't the best knives,
on March 25, 2002
but the set is a very good value. For example, I purchased a knife block (no knives) for $[money] a couple of years ago and it was the lowest priced block on the shelf. That's about the price of this set. These knives are much better (and lower priced) than the knives at the supermarket.
I would rate the weight on the heavy side of medium. I think the Chef's knife could use a bit more weight, but many cutting operations, such as paring, slicing, fileting, a thin blade will do as well or better.
I wanted forged, high carbon stainless steel. High carbon is very sharp, that is not an issue. The issue is how long the edge will last. The forging should help, but I haven't had these long enough to know. (Some knives are just stamped and ground, especially in this price range.) The round steel will keep them in good working order and, when in need of sharpening, high carbon sharpens beautifully and easily.
If you want the best Henkel or the best Sabatier, you'll have to dig deeper than $[money]. (If the blades are moly, they'll keep an edge twice as long, but are a bear to sharpen due to their toughness.)
I've got two stainless Chinese cleavers that WORK and feel better than the fancy Henkel my ex kept. I don't think downgrading because they are Chinese (or inexpensive) makes sense.