These nickle plated dpns are really pointy, which is actually awesome for this stitch pattern, and I admit that I work faster with the smooth nickle needles than I do with wood. But they are SO heavy that they pull on the stitches and create wicked ladders.
Also, one time I accidentally stabbed myself with them! Ouch!
In conclusion, these needles probably have a place somewhere, but they are just no good for socks. Remind me not to use them again!!