I've used Clover bamboo, Brittany birch, Colonial rosewood, Susan Bates aluminum, and Knit Picks nickel plated, and the nickel plated are my favorites, with the aluminum at #2. The bamboo have nice points and get a nice finish as you use them, but they're too long. The Brittanys are a little too blunt for me, and the finish is too sticky, and they're too short (5") -- they poke me in the palms. The Colonial rosewood have some too sharp points and some regular sharp points, but they're good for light-colored yarns. The aluminum is slightly tacky, but doesn't really slow me down. The Knit Picks are juuussst rrright. Perfect length, perfect finish, perfect points. I don't knit as tightly as I used to, but I'm still not a loose knitter -- anyway, I don't have a problem with the needles going anywhere unless I drop one when it only has one stitch on it or something.