Top positive review
Did not like the feel.
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2018
I have several different sets of the Battle Beads from Rugged Rosaries made with the Stainless Steel Beads. As soon as I picked them up, I knew I was holding something "made for men" (sorry ladies, no insult intended- I bought my wife the floral battle beads rosary and she absolutely loves it.).
I was hoping for a similar experience with the Battle Beads in Gun Metal. Alas, while they look elegant and are well-made, I could not like the feel of the surface (the patina). To me they felt like plastic. To my wife they felt a little tacky(ie- "sticky"). Again, not making a statement about quality, only about the feel in our hands.
Two points to make out of fairness- 1) It is quite possible that if I had bought the gun metal version first (w/o the stainless steel version to compare it to, I might have liked the gun metal. 2) The day after Thanksgiving, we went to visit a couple who have been old friends for many years. Over the course of the evening, as we discussed their lives, I got a nudge to give the husband the gun metal rosary (which I just "happened" to have in my car).
He took it, held it. Asked me to bless it (I am a Catholic Deacon). And as tears began to flow, he turned to his wife and asked if they could pray the Rosary together...
Bottom line- If I were to base my review on my tactile perception, I would give these a three or a four. However, after watching how they affect my friend, they get a solid five star.