I took a chance as there was no feedback on this product, and I'm glad that I did! I think therefore, that I am the first ever reviewer! I have been after bamboo crochet hooks for the right price for a while, and found other reviews on Amazon saying how some of the Bamboo hooks were rough and hard to use. NOT SO with these! They came the next day on Prime and I have been using them for the last few weeks with no problems. You do, however have to get used to the "feel" of them in much the same way you go from valve to transistor, vinyl to cd to mp3, etc. I have the 3.5, 4, 4.5, and 5 the most, with the 3mm for joining and weaving in ends. By the nature of the beast, the 3mm is quite thin, I could see how someone heavy handed could break it (or a child trying to dig something out of a toy), but having said that I am a MAN who enjoys crochet! Yes A MAN, imagine that! On the subject of sizes, the numbers, again due to the nature of the beast are small on the smaller sizes, but that is fine.
The set comes in a no thrills plastic wallet, much like cheap art paintbrushes, but then it makes a nice starter project for the product.
I decided to go for the carbonised hooks, because I originally thought they would be burnt and therefore smoother, but I believe they are heat/steam treated - either way they work fine and I have no hesitation to recommend these.
It may just be emperor's new clothes but I think that I'm faster with them too!