Lucky me it sounds like I got the glass-hard large ones. At least it is over.
I agree on the old noodles - I got these figuring they would last at least as long as my HSS set, but alas I was mistaken. They have actually worn out faster than my HSS set. I have sacrificed literally half of this HF TiN set on my MG42 build. Yet another reason not to shop HF!