Help choosing some cutlery

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Hi guys, I'm looking to buy a set of knives for my parents, and I've seen some that I like, but don't know if I can trust the website to buy from. Essentially, I'm looking for a set of VG10 Damascus knives and my budget is up to around $400.

I saw these, but I've never heard of the website before:
http://www.houzz.com/photos/58770993/6-Piece-Damascus-Professional-Knife-Set-contemporary-knife-sets

also, the same set from another site:

https://www.twistedchef.net/products/6pcs-japanese-damascus-knives

So, are these decent knives, and can I trust to buy from the site? Or is there a better alternative for a good price somewhere else? 

Thank you for your input. I really appreciate it!
 
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Hi dnew85, welcome to cheftalk
Is it likely that all 6 knives will be used? If not, instead of thinking it's a good deal for a set of X knives, think about sinking that money into 1-3 or 4 different knives which handle different tasks and will all see use

How will these knives be maintained and sharpened?
 
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I couldn't say if all 6 would be used or not as they aren't for me. I will suggest to them that they should be sent to a professional sharpener once a year for proper sharpening.
 
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Generally speaking you'd want the slicer to be a longer knife than your others so you have to do fewer sawing motions and get cleaner slices. Chefs and santoku are fairly redundant. The 3 bottom knives probably handle many of the same tasks, or at least one of those doesn't offer extra utility compared to the other 2. Tends to be a weakness of sets of more than 2 or 3 knives
 
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If I *had* to buy a set of Western handled VG-10 Damascus patterned stainless in that price range, I'd probably look at something like http://korin.com/Knives/Togiharu-V10-Damascus
Get a few knives that actually have different utility from others in lengths that are useful. If the recipients eat a lot of crusty bread, maybe tack on a MAC Superior bread knife or Tojiro bread knife
And you can send it back to Korin for competent sharpening
 

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