I was looking at this set for several months and once they went on sale for Black Friday I couldn’t pass it up. These knives are the real deal. Right out of the box you could tell you weren’t holding just some ordinary kitchen knife. You can truly feel the strength behind this series from the very first time you pick up them out of the box. I’ve never owned a 1095 carbon steel knife so I’m quite alright with following the instructions to maintain them. I’m blown away by my first TCG set and looking to purchasing more down the road!