This fid set is on the expensive side, but it's worth the money. I have never regretted paying extra for durable, resistant stainless, because I very rarely have to replace it. These lacing needles are a huge step up from my homemade ones, The foreceps are more useful than I expected. I still haven't used the smoothing tool, but I'm sure I'd burn my fingers less frequently if I fid. It would be great if the spike/knotting tool were also stainless, but that would be a price increase so I understand why it's aluminum. Overall, this is a worthy investment for someone who spends a fair bit of time knotting/weaving.