Is the 8/9 set you are talking about the C801? That's a good basic set, but "some" beginners tend to be a bit heavy handed until they get some experience and don't become so frustrated when it is not going well. So to be safe a real beginner is probably better off the the PXS-14 that can take a bit more abuse. It also includes a W-Rake which I think should be in every beginner's kit. I also happen to prefer their plastic sleeved handles more than the bonded metal ones, but I confess I never took the time to polish the edges on them yet, and I have other boded metal handles that are quite nice. If you re in Europe then the C801 is the better way to go for the locks there. This drop does not seem to be much of a deal over what you can often find it for on other sights, so no rush to make a decision, at this level there are not much saving to be had in a US made set. There are lots of good basic sets from other companies as well, but they do tend to be a bit more money. Good luck, any way you get started you'll likely be OK, there is a lot you can learn with no professional picks at all. I didn't have any for decades while I played around with locks. I did have to relearn some things though switching from make shift stuff to real picks, then I was able to blend it all. Although still in the process of learning to be a good SPPer. Either way, I have several sets from different makers and still use some picks from the SouthOrd PXS-14 and their larger sets. Hand tools are very personal, you have to find what you like, and works well for you.