Hi Calaverasgrande, I originally bought them because they are easy to take with me. For several reasons, I don't like the single use wooden ones you regularly get in a restaurant or take-away. I just really love the feel and the manoeuvrability of these ones. Yes, they are expensive, but I love using them. If you don't feel that the balance & manoeuvrability, etc. are worth it, don't buy them. As with many products, it is often just a matter of taste.