I ordered a bunch of sizes of these in the 16. They are fantastic needles and I am very happy with them. It was well worth a little extra money in the investment of them. The cables aren't stiff and the wood is very smooth, but not slippery. They are very comfortable to knit with and overall just wonderful!
I tried casting on with these and didn't like them. I wound up using the Crystal Palace 13 inch needle. Since I didn't use them I would have liked to return them but that's not doable with your return policy can't return them.