I've owned a set of Stellar knives (with soft grip) for years and was so satisfied with them that I bought a second set exactly like the first one to replace them. As I was at it I ordered the Stellar James Martin santoku knives assuming they would be the same quality, how wrong I was! The packaging has the look of those cheap products you buy at dodgy street markets and the knives are even worst, they look cheap, they feel cheap, the end cap on the handle is clearly a piece of light tin put there just for show, the resulting knives are completely unbalanced, the blades are sharp but I wouldn't expect them to last long judging from the overall quality of the knives. As soon as I took them out of the box I went online and ordered a Zwilling Santoku knife, I should have done this in the first place and saved the £20 I paid for this rubbish. I wish I could send them back but at £8 postage it wouldn't make sense, they are so bad that I cannot even give them away as a present! Rarely I found myself so disappointed with an online purchase.