Recently I decided to upgrade the knives we use at home to something that should work well and last. We have neen using a wolfgang puck set that though it looks good has not been a great performer even from day one. I was told someone we know who loves to cook loves her "cutco" knifes (turned out to be Chicago Cultery they owned). Anyways having a local Cutco store we stopped in and got the usual demonstration and left with table knife set and one Santoku 5" knife that the household chef (my GF) liked best. The table kinves are their so Double D edge whereas the Santoku is a straight edge. So far we like the warranty, the feel in hand of the handle, the idea we can have them sharpened by the factory and possibly the local store (factory is 2 1/2 hours away driving). On the other hand I'm not too happy with the cost which seems high, the handles are kind of blah looking, the idea there maybe much better knives at the same or lower cost. I decided to start doing some research and now my head is spinning with all the information. The things I found to be said over and over again are that Cutco is sold door to door and that for the cost of Cutco knives there are better products and some of them cost less. That's where I'm hoping everyone here can help me figure out if Cutco is the product for us or if there is something else we should think of instead. I know this forum is more towards the professional side of things but if anyone can help two amateur household chefs pick the right product that well perform well, last a long time without high maintenance demands that would be appreciated. EDIT - Forgot to add she really likes the Santoku style knife in the petite size range and we are looking for a really good bread knife too.