When I saw the Name Henckel o n these knives, I knew I was getting a quality product. My broher,(a professional chef), uses Henckel's knives in his restaurant. At nearly half off the suggested retail, I was NOT going to pass them up. The knives arrived only four days after ordering them. They have a full tang, which gives them a firm, solid feel in the hand. The composite handles have a smoothly textured feel for a firm, nonslip grip. Hefty, but not heavy, they cut effortlessly, and give a feeling of quality workmanship and durability. There is no way you can go wrong on this purchase. Henckel knives are well balanced, and give you an added feeling of quality as you enjoy your meal.