Knives & Sharpening in Accessories & Product Reviews Posted July 19, 2012 I have had the same set of henckel four stars since 1988. I love them. The 8" cheff has sliced and diced a lot of things, including my fingers, and traveled the country with me. I keep looking at the Japanese knives though. At some point I will probably get one. Its good advice to hold the knife first to get the feel. Its also good to learn how to hold the food you are preping and pay attention. I have the scars to show for it. +1 on Henckel Four Stars - very reasonably priced 6 years ago. Have never re-sharpened them but I do try to "steel" them before every use - also never put them in dishwasher and only cut on wood or plastic cutting boards.