I love the small paring knife and the utility knive, but the Chef's blade gets dull fast, and I don't have the best sharpener (confession - I rarely sharpen anyway). I've never had a chef's knife that I really love, so I can't really pick on this one.
I don't know if the set is dishwasher safe as I no longer have the packaging. But I never put mine in the dishwasher anyway. Also, I've never had a problem with rust, after 2+years.
If you come across a 3-pc Crofton set offered as a special buy, it's the exact same set as the Kitchen Living brand.