My husband and I just received this knife set and here are our initial impressions:
The knives look and feel to be very high-quality. The knife and handle are one solid piece of metal, which means we will never have to worry about the handle coming apart from the blade. They feel heavy and are almost perfectly weighted (the handle weighs about the same as the blade). They fit nicely in my hands, which is a change from other professional knives that seem to be designed for giants. Yet, they fit well in my husbands hands too!
The block has room to hold more knives than the set itself comes with. We received 10 knives (the block is included in the set, making it 11 pieces - which we knew about before we ordered because it was in the product description) and there are 4 more available slots in the block. I really want to fill them but I need to figure out which knives to buy that will fit the empty slots. Maybe in the future Gunter Wilhelm could include a list of suggested add-ons that they know will fit them? Not only would it take the burden of guess work and research off the consumer to try to figure out what to put there, but it could easily result in lots of easy sales for the manufacture! There are probably lots of people like me who feel like something is slightly off until the block is full, and would rush to buy what they see as "necessary" to complete the set.
I would improve this product by including a diagram of which slot in the block to put each knife. Or it might be fun to have the slots labeled with the kind of knife that goes is in that slot. It wasn't worth knocking any stars off though, as we figured it out pretty easily, and it would have just been a nice additional touch. Besides, this could just be my organization obsessed inner-self wishing for a whimsy that nobody else would ever want or need, lol.
I'm so super happy to have a honing steel rod included in the set, to sharpen these beautiful knives with! We haven't used them yet, but I'm making veggie soup tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to chopping up a storm with these babies!