Didn't know what to expect with these as I had never tried them before. I have never owned a pair of wooden needles before. I usually use metal/ nickel plated. But I always use circular. These are really wonderful. They're just a touch less slippery on cotton yarn compared to the nickel plated which gave me more accurate guage. And they're really beautiful! Soft flexible cords... Smooth join. Perfect! I want a pair in every size/color!