Dont question the Germans about their knives! If you never had a set of quality knives, you will never go back once you get these into your kitchen. Like with almost everything in life, you really do get what you pay for. These knives are sublime and make you feel like a real chef as you slice the crust off that PB&J! Knives this good will take care of you for the rest of your life as long as you take care of them: warm water and soap only - never in the dishwaser.