Well Im relatively new to the culinary world. I have a little bit over a years experience and thought to myself "Time to buy a good Chefs, Paring, Utility and Bread knife" The four knives that can handle just about any task.... Well, I kept getting mixed answers from everyone, Shun this, Wusthof that and a few other brands.... Stumbled across a brand called "Dalstrong" very positive reviews from youtube couldn't find a single bad review by anyone. And it just so happens they were convenient on-sale too! Got all four for 200 give or take. Shipped pretty quick, ordered it on a Friday, got it the following Tuesday. Box was presented to me nicely, everything was shiny and looked fantastic, I think I was stuck in the "Honeymoon phase" for the first few days of owning it... and then it happened, I noticed things, the worst of which is the bolster? The thing thats on just about every german blade.... Well that sticks out JUUUUUUST enough to where just over 2 inches (yes I measured, 2.47 inches) of the knife does not make contact with the cutting board unless you make an effort to hang that bolster over the edge of the cutting board and have everything you cut on the edge, chiffonade cuts? get outta here, fine julienne? Nope. Everything I cut I have to use the tip of the blade which ... Considering Im a pantry cook and my mornings involve A LOT of prep in a from-scratch kitchen..... It is not fun in the slightest. But oh, that's just the beginning after further examination all four of the knives I bought either tilt to the left or tilt to the right by about 8+ degrees from the middle of the blade. And that bolster that looks oh so shiny? Its uneven on every single one of them by about 5mm. All in all, I wasted a bit of money, but supposedly they have a 100% Satisfaction guarantee that I hope they're going to honor even though (because of the hard plastic sheaths they're kept in) Every single one has scratches on them after only about 4 days of use. . . . I should've gone with Wusthof And please, post your thoughts on this matter, if any of you have Dalstrong I'd like to hear if your experience differs from mine . I bought the Dalstrong Gladiator Series.