I have retract my previous comments- after reading about the cracked knives you have I went thru my Kyoto block. Sure enough, several of 'em have very fine, hairline cracks in the handle.
None have been dropped or otherwise abused, and a couple of cracked ones have never even been used!
All in all, even though they initially made a favorable impression given the low price, I'd have to give them the big thumbs-down. Even at $125 for the entire set with the block, one should be able to expect better.