Needles are a knitters tools.
and there come in endless variety.
and not all needles are good for everything.
I like metal needles best, but i have some (40year old!) nylon ones. (a milky white plastic, seamless construction.. the cord and tip are the same material--the tips are just thicker!)
that i like too.
I don't like bamboo needle much--I know alot of new knitters do--they are bit 'tackier' and hold the stitches better..
I don't have knitpicks metal or Addis--(I have so many needle i can't justify spending money on more needles.)
i agree, the boye cable are stiffer, --and the boye interchangele set cables are even stiffer..
but when i learned to knit (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth) circ's were made from steel--and had steel 'piano wire' type cables.. (those cables--(real wire cables!) not cords!) were so stiff--that by comparison, boyes are dream!
my style has changed too--more and more i use circ's--and if i had the money, i'd buy every kind of needle i could..
the wooden square ones, the signature needles with a bunch of tips, every kind of interchangable.. (well maybe not the denise--i don't much like them) glass needles, and balene--and antique needles and super fine stiff wire needles (in sizes 0(4) to 0(10) even though i almost never use my 0 or 00's!
the best needle is always elusive.. somewhere down the road..
in the meanwhile, i just keep buying needles