Very soft hand with a lovely sheen! It is quite a pleasure to use, and knits up very quickly into something warm and comfortable. I made a cowl for the winter, and it slides up over my head without snagging or mussing my hair, keeps my noggin plenty cozy, and drapes beautifully. Love this stuff, can't wait to make more projects with different colors!
I've splurged and gotten sizes 0-6 of these needles, and I've found them to be worth every penny! The little tins are not only a joy to look at, they keep the needles plenty safe from the depths of my cavernous knitting bag. The needles themselves are little marvels as far as I'm concerned--the rosewood has just the right amount of tooth, and the needles feel lovely and soft in my hands. They are also just the right size (for me, anyway, ymmv) for doing up things like socks and gloves, for which I much prefer the shorties. The needles are also quite sturdy. I've only broken one (a size 1) and that was because I sat on the silly thing.