Another birthday gift I received last month was a set of Colonial Rosewood Interchangeable Knitting Needles (spoiled I know). I had read a lot of a reviews on a lot of interchangeable needle sets and there were pros and cons for each one EXCEPT for these Colonial needles -- all pro's and scarcely a con to be found.
Now that I have the set in my own home I can see why. The rosewood is so smooth and the tips have lovely pointed ends that just slide so neatly under the stitches. Pointed ends are such a blessing to a tighter knitter like me.
The cables are not the least bit stiff but they are very sturdy and the needle tips attach easily and seamlessly and there's no end of ways to combine cables to get just about any size you could imagine. I haven't tried the adapters which turn the circular cable into a straight needle but I really like that added feature.
Of course I've only just begun using these needles so I'll have more to say after I've knit with them enough to produce significant wear and tear. But for now I think I made a really good choice.