I bought the 4 piece set and stand last month in the zebra print. I am always cooking and have used each knife SEVERAL times. I don't have any issues with the handles, even sitting on the couch cutting off pieces of cheese from a block to eat with crackers (the knife actually cut through the plastic like butter.
I almost bought this set, but I would've only needed the mini cleaver as the others are the same from the 4 piece set, so I didn't, but I don't regret my purchase one bit. I've used the serated knife for meat (works amazingly), the chef knife for onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots, celery, etc, the small knife for fruits, and the utility knife for whatever else.
I hand wash mine and haven't had an issue with any coating or dulling yet. I also have a 3 year old and 4 year old. I keep all our kitchen knives in a locked cabinet where they can't get to them.
As for the handles, I prefer having dry hands when I use knives. If I'm cutting meat, I hold the meat with one hand and cut with the other. I also wash my hands after touching meat, marinades, etc due to cross contamination. Logically, if you are cooking as you are suppose to bacteria wise, you wouldn't have to worry about the handle. Also, I'm fat and 6' tall with big hands and I don't have a problem holding them at all.