I knew I didn't want to spend a ton of money on my first Japanese knife set, so I did some research and came across this pair. I'm really glad I did! Not only are the knives super sharp, but they're also nicely balanced and weighted.
I got two completely different handle colors and I loved the suspense until they arrived!
I'm not a professional chef, but nice knives are one thing I've never skimped on in the kitchen (and I've had a few). These Hayamis are a solid value... literally, they're lightweight and the construction/steel is on point. I fully expect these to last a long time based on what I'm seeing and what I've had in the past.
I really like this set because it's so versatile. I use the chef's knife for almost everything in the kitchen, from chopping vegetables for a salad to slicing chicken for fajitas. The paring knife is great for peeling fruits and veggies, cutting cilantro, and other small tasks.
I've spent a couple of weeks with these knives and I'm very satisfied with them. The 8" chef's knife is incredibly sharp right out of the box, and has remained sharp even after pounding through the toughest vegetables. It slices through tomatoes like butter and is an absolute joy to use.
I ordered this knife as a gift for my wife. I was so impressed with the mosaic pin in the handle, and the delivery time was perfect. The blade is very sharp, but it's also extremely well balanced. I would definitely recommend this knife to anyone looking for a great quality product, at an affordable price.