Upon opening the box I was surprised to see that this item was much lighter in color than I expected from the pictures. I have decided to keep it as I am hoping it will tarnish or darken over time. I was also expecting the magnets to hold more firmly so if this product were to upgrade in quality in the future, stronger magnets may suffice. Knives stick to it fine, but a slight bum will send it flying. I don't have kids so this will not be an issue for me but others should think about this when ordering.