@drtroubles - We actually have a black soapstone kitchen and it is still looking amazing after 3 years. We were really happy with our soapstone tiles and countertops.
I wouldn't worry about chipping the soapstone counters as they are quite hard. I think you have more of a chance chipping your dishes on them then vice versa. I am not sure if they use the same soapstone to carve as they do to make countertops, but ours are very strong. It really has a similar feel to marble without the price tag.
Another thing I like is that soapstone counters are really easy to clean. I find the stone very hygienic.