They were manufactured by Lamson and designed by Ken Onion. Chef Works is just a retailer so their expertise in pants has nothing to do with it. However, there's a good chance that they would have turned out better had CW or perhaps a precocious orangutan designed them.
They're unfortunately a cliche of the disaster that usually results when someone with expertise making non-kitchen knives comes along and decides to "revolutionize" the kitchen knife industry without bothering to really understand them first. There are so many fundamental flaws in their design (terrible ergonomics, horrible profile for anything other than rock-chopping, and hilariously thick behind the edge) that the steel and materials are basically irrelevant even though they may very well be fine.