I was really excited to receive this product but shortly after getting it and using it I found myself, under-wow'd. The knives start off sharp but dull VERY quickly. I eat mainly vegan so chop a lot of veggies. I've found that I need to sharpen these knives every other use. I'm by no means a knife expert or some fancy chef, but I've had knives for years that just stayed sharp and worked. I had a set from IKEA that did the job for years before getting dull and they were $12! I just need a set that works every time I reach for them. I don't know about blades and don't want to have to sharpen them after every use. If you like that sort of thing then buy these and you will get lots of practice.