"Having spent several hours with my dad's old, blunt bolster taking up two thirds of a patio, I decided to invest in one of my own. The set seemed like a good option as it would cover a mix of uses and worked out cheaper than buying each item separately. Given my tendency towards the occasional wayward blow with the lump hammer the hand guards were also an appealing feature! The new set performed well and I managed to get through the rest of the patio a lot quicker. Like some other reviews, I did find that the hand guards did have a tendency to slip up the shaft every now and then, although this was easily corrected. In terms of durability: time and usage will tell how long they keep their edge but so far very happy with the purchase."