I finally upgraded form my Chicago Cutlery. Stamped bladed and wooden handles. They were great knives but soft blades that couldn't hold an edge and needed regular steeling, handles needed maintenance as well. These Mercer have been an amazing upgrade. I couldn't get my head around the expense of German knives, too much $ for what you get. The Mercer are priced great. Quality is on par with the other German brands, at a fraction of the price. Steel is super hard and keeps an edge. Put the steel to it once a week and the knives still slice paper after 6 months hard use. They are a bit lighter and thinner than the other German brands, which I like. You don't need that weight if you have a hard solid blade. I slice and cut with these, I don't chop. This set comes with a great mix of Knives. The styling is also spot on, they look good and are super easy to clean. Handles are bomb proof and comfortable. Bolster is just right to protect the finger without making it hard to sharpen fully. One for every use and I use them all. If you are looking for a solid upgrade that won't break the bank, this is a great set.