This is a pretty sturdy set of utensils. I used use one setting for three days before composting it. The fork didn't break and the knife was still relatively sharp, sharp enough to cut through an apple. The wood is a lot thicker than the blade of a metal knife. So there was more of the apple that was ground and liquified, but it worked. It's good to know that these utensils are composible--especially if you're camping in the wilderness where there aren't trash receptacles and don't want to carry your waste around. It's also good to know that we can actually get along without plastic in this area of our lives. It would be even better if wooden utensils were not more expensive than plastic ones. Finally, the wooden spoons in this set remind me of stopping for an ice cream sundae years ago and being given wooden spoons and of popsicles that came on wooden sticks. I remember the woody taste of the spoon and the stick. The same taste as these spoons. I don't recommend chewying them, it's good to know that they will eventually be broken down.