It's been almost 6 months now and these are, hands down, the best knives I have ever used. Carbon steel, wooden handles. Priced well below a "good" knife, purchased on this side of the pond, for three times the tool. I have avoided any "dulling" of my blades through corrosion by simply using a rouge-laden leather strop before every use. End of shift, rinse, wipe dry, put away. A quick steeling before the first use of the day and I'm good to go. I cannot say enough good things about these knives. They are comfortable, light, and for me... perfect. Old school, French steel. It makes me happy. Dealing with the company was a joy, excellent communication. Shipping was quick and product was well packaged. I had to wait for my knives to be made and I still received them in just over a week.