OK, I'm taking the plunge & buying new knives. I'm trying to decide between 2 different Wüsthof sets. I'm not quite sure what the deal is with these & I can't decide. Both of these have been discounted to the same cost so purchase amount would be the same, but one was originally almost $60.00 more than the other and comes with less "stuff". Doesn't make sense. I'm not an expert on knives, so maybe Y'all could help me out here. What makes the smaller set more valuable than the larger set? Here was the "lesser" expensive set Wüsthof Traditional Gourmet 7-Piece Block Set # Full, seamlessly encased triple-riveted tangs; synthetic traditional-style handles # Includes 4-inch parer, 4-1/2-inch utility, 8-inch carver, 8-inch chef's # Also: shears, 9-inch sharpening steel, 9-slot oak block # Laser-cut high-carbon steel blade with stain-resistant alloy # Precise tapering from grinding and polishing procedure Product Description Review Representing Wüsthof’s Gourmet series of knives, this block set features less expensive versions of the knives in the manufacturer’s Classic series. Knives in the set include a 4-inch parer, 4-1/2-inch serrated utility, 8-inch chef's, kitchen shears, and 9-inch sharpening steel. Everything fits within the 9-slot rubber-footed oak block. Although the blades are still made of high-carbon steel with a stain-resistant alloy, the difference in the Gourmet series is that the blade is a thinner quality metal and is cut by a precision laser instead of by hand. The blade still has an ideal shape as it is ground and polished by computer to ensure perfect tapering from tip to bolster. Full tangs extend through the synthetic traditional-style handles, which are triple-riveted for strength. These knives are dishwasher-safe but handwashing is recommended to preserve the edges on the blades. The Gourmet series is an excellent alternative for those who want to own quality Wüsthof cutlery but are on a budget. What's in the Box 4-inch parer; 4-1/2-inch utility; 8-inch carver; 8-inch chef's; shears; 9-inch sharpening steel; 9-slot oak block Product Description Wusthof has been make knives in Germany for over 190 years. The fine high carbon no stain steel retains its edge for a long time and is easy to sharpen. Gourmet is a laser cut blade. The full tang 3 rivited handle is sturdy and well balanced. The 7pc set includes, 4" parer, 4.5" utility serrated, 8"carver, 8"cooks, kitchen shear, 9"sharpening steel, 9 slot oak block Here is the "more" expensive set Wüsthof Grand Prix 5-Piece Knife Block Set # Full tangs; molded polypropylene handles; lifetime warranty # Knives include: 6-inch cook's, 8-inch carving, 3-inch paring # Also includes: 9-inch sharpening steel; 9-slot oak block # Blades formed of single piece of high-carbon, stain-resistant steel # Computer-ground, hand-honed blades; precision slicing; longer edge retention Review This set includes an assortment of short-blade cutlery designed for chefs with smaller hands. These specialty knives are difficult to find packaged together. The set contains: a 6-inch cook’s knife--a staple for chopping meats and vegetables; an 8-inch carving knife for slicing steaks and roasts; and a 3-inch paring knife for slicing garlic or peeling fruit. The 9-inch honing steel has a magnetic steel shaft in a fine to medium grit that sharpens without damaging knife edges. A 9-slot oak block stores the cutlery in this set, while leaving room for additional pieces. Wüsthof’s Grand Prix knives have the perfect balance of high-carbon, no-stain steel. Knives retain their edge longer, and never become discolored. Blades are ground and polished by computer, ensuring perfect tapering from bolster to tip. Edges are hand-honed for precision slicing. The tang extends through a slip-free, molded, polypropylene handle for excellent balance and heft. The knives are dishwasher-safe--though hand washing is recommended. All Wüsthof cutlery is covered under a lifetime warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde What’s in the Box 6-inch cook’s knife, 8-inch carving knife, 3-inch paring knife, 9-inch sharpening steel, 9-slot oak block. Product Description This five-piece cutlery collection from the Wüsthof Grand Prix line outfits your kitchen with everything you need to slice, dice, and chop all your favorite foods. The set includes a 3-inch paring knife for peeling fruits and vegetables, a 6-inch utility knife for slicing mushrooms and mincing garlic, a 6-inch cook's knife for all-purpose chopping and slicing, a 9-inch sharpening steel, and a nine-slot wooden storage block. Each knife features a precision-forged high-carbon stainless-steel blade with a full bolster and tang. The forging process gives the blades remarkable sharpness and durability, as does the computer-controlled grinding and polishing process. When the blades eventually dull, as all blades do, the sharpening steel will re-hone the edges with a few quick swipes. The handles are comfortable in the hands thanks to the slip-free, pebble-grained grip. Each handle also enhances the balance of the knife thanks to the full tang and single-piece construction, making them easier to manipulate and control. Wüsthof recommends hand washing the cutlery--which comes with a limited lifetime warranty--for best results. What's in the Box 3-inch paring knife, 6-inch utility knife, 6-inch cook's knife, 9-inch sharpening steel, wooden storage block Product Description Wusthof has been making the finest knives in the world for over 190 years. Through excellent craftsman ship and engineering the Grand Prix knife line has become one of the finest in the world. This 5 piece set includes 3-inch parer, 8-inch carving, 6-inch cooks, 9-inch steel and a 9-slot storage block.