"la Guiole" was never trademarked, so rather than hand-making these in France, this company machine-makes them in China. Sure, they're cheaper, but once I realized this, it made the thought of using them a dull experience. One of the handles was a trifle loose, and rather than thinking of a French knife-maker a trifle asleep at his bench while making it, I think of lax machine inspection in a big plant. Bummer. I'm returning these, will whet my appetite for the real thing, which will be more expensive, but give a decade of real satisfaction. It's worth it to pay a craftsman, I think.