I have used the metal handled ones but these beat them by a long shot. As the stem is a little wider there's no change of letting it slip from your fingers. The larger cupcake nail, the one that actually holds the cupcake is so much easier to use than a small turntable. Easy to use. Also very easy to clean. No worries about tarnishing nor metal fading as this is totaly plastic. I've used both types of nails and much prefer these Wilton nails to the older types.