I received a set of ebony size 1 dpns for Chirstmas and was very excited, but mostly use 0s for socks so I went and bought a set of those - very pricey! Beautiful, but expensive. Right away I didn't like the dark color but they felt so good in my hands. I always knit both socks using two sets at the same time so I mixed them up with my bamboo needles and I really liked this combination until I effortlessly snapped one of the ebony needles in half. Breaking a bamboo needle actually takes some effort this one pretty much snapped without provocation. As lovely as they are I'm afraid they just aren't worth the extra cash. So if your considering treating yourself - do it on something else.