I have zero idea of knives, but one thing I know. Scharf they should be! I have decided, due to the mostly good reviews to buy this knife set. I would have guessed. A set that is more or less permanently reduced from 99.95 to 29.99 may be no good. And so it is. These knives are anything but focused properly. The visuals are really cool, but nothing more. I would not buy myself and can recommend them either. I'll keep still because of my cooking four times a month they serve their purpose.