I purchased the Chikara 8-Piece Stainless-Steel Knife Set for my mother because she her previous knife set was made cheaply and was not very sharp anymore. I don't consider myself a knife expert by any means but I did plenty of research on finding a set that was both quality and affordable and this was the set which won me over. To be honest I was shocked how good these knives were considering how little I payed for them. These Japanese style knives are not only very sharp but very beautiful as well. The handles are very sturdy and the blades can cut through meats and other foods with very little effort. The scissors that come with the set are also quality. Our last scissors in our knife set couldn't cut anything while these scissors easily cut through bone and other difficult food objects. The knife block that you store the knives in is one of the prettier blocks that I saw from doing all my research. I would recommend this block set for anyone who likes working around the kitchen. I can't say if there are many other knife sets of this quality and price elsewhere. Overall these are the greatest knives my family has ever owned.