sdc100 wrote:If you want some highly-rated inexpensive knives, consider Victorinox (maker of the iconic Swiss knives). Cooks Illustrated gave their cutlery glowing reviews, as do Amazon reviewers. The Fibrinox handles are also highly rated. Amazingly, their knives can be found for as little as $10, with most around $20. Do a search on Amazon.
Here is Cooks Illustrated's guide to buying knives, with their comparison of various brands.
I have a Victorinox chef knife, as well as a Rachel Ray (Furi) 7-Inch Sharp-and-Store. The sharp-and-store sits on the counter and gets a lot of use. The Victorinox generally sits in a drawer. The Furi gets used more because it is sharper and is already out (thanks to the sharpening stand), but the Victorinox is a better knife, I think.
It looks to me, like this set isn't the same quality as most of the single Furi knives in the Rachel Ray line. The others have metal ends on the handles, which probably indicates full-tang, and these don't.
If you have no knives, and have just moved into your first apartment, these might be a good starter set. If not, I can recommend both the "sharp-and-store" and the Victorinox.
(As an aside, my wife has a small set of Global knives which are incredible... Super high quality with impeccable balance. They are a tad on the lightweight side, which is perfect for her, but I prefer something a tiny bit heavier. If you have the money, and are looking to keep your knives for a long time, I'd skip both options I suggested and go with a higher quality brand... Find a place that sells them and try them out, though. What's great for one person might not be good for another.)