Just received a set of double pointed cubics and am absolutely delighted with them. They are easier to grip than the traditional dpns. Casting on is great. The stitches tend to stay in place, so it is much easier to make the join without the normal twisting of the cast on stitches. Dividing the stitches over multiple needles and the first row of stitching into the cast on stitches has always been a challenge for me. The shape of the needle makes it easier to knit into those first stitches. Much less stress on my fingers and testing of my skills and patience. LOVE THEM!!! Makes knitting socks much easier.