I bought this set as a gift to my wife for our 11th wedding anniversary, the year of steel. Meets my expectations, and delighted my wife. Went with Oneida because the company's longevity should allow me to buy me replacements in 30 years. Look forward to the years of use.
Build and finish quality is top notch: no signs of casting or stamping; engravings appear to be part of an additional phase of manufacturing (more costly, but more durable and crisp); well ground and buffed; and knives are quite sharp. A crude deflection test (pushing with my thumbs on the fork prongs), showed no yield. The "hammer" dimples, are uniform between matching pieces, indicating they are part of the cast or stamp, and not a separate process. The dimples do not look like a typical ball peen, so it does lower expectations in that regard, but only to a cynic like me.
The design is luxurious, without being gaudy. The dimples with the polish, can give the impression of jewel facets or reflections of a pool. These are well balanced, sitting well in hand and on the edge of bowl and plates. The profile is on the flatter side, allowing for better stacking in a shallow drawer.
The price of this set was much higher than the average Oneida, likely because it is advertised as a "hammered" finish, giving the impression of more labor intensive process. Without a side-by-side comparison of other Oneida designs, it's hard to say the premium is justified. Nonetheless, I feel that I got my money's worth.
On that note, Finest Flatware was terrific to purchase through, even as an employee of Amazon! Arrived in time to surprise my wife with a fully stocked drawer. The promo-code Finest provided on the duckduckgo search results, on top of the already good price, left me feeling like I took advantage of this company. Will definitely buy from them again.