Oh brother, I actually haven't been frequenting the forum much this week as I've been busy and trying to enjoy life as well.
Cutco..... well... what to say. I've actually repaired a friend's Cutco once. I'll say it like this. It's a Walmart knife made with very mediocre steel instead of crap steel. Hollow grinds are the fastest grind you can do, and to charge the prices they are charging for whole sets is unwarranted. It's just a mass-produced "whatever" blade to me, not to make that sound terrible or anything. The only marketing ploy I think they have (other than the shears that cut a penny) that holds any water is the fact that they have Lifetime replacement.
For most home cooks, they just want something new and sharp. Cutco pretty much provides that. Granted the grinds suck and the food penetration is nowhere near what we are used to with most of our Japanese knives, and have a pretty clunky overall feel, they will still get dinner cooked for most people.
Basically they are charging luxury prices for a non-luxury item. It's like charging Gold Label Prices for Red Label. Prime prices for Select quality. S-Class hype with C-Class performance.
When the Cutco salesman come a-knocking, just say NO!