The metal looking ring at the base of the wires is not metal, it's plastic. While using it for cake mix one day I noticed something hanging ant it was a piece of plastic that broke off that ring. Did not last even a year. This will be my last KitchenAid purchase of this type. Their mixer is great, the rest not impressive including their food processor.
I received these as a gift, and though they were not a registry item, I'm very pleased with them. I like that they lock closed when not in use-- very easy to do and keeps my drawer more organized. I also like the nylon tips. Now my new pots and pans will stay scratch free!