When it comes to developing my own film, I've never become proficient at loading film on to stainless steel reels. I tried it 40 years ago and fumbled around in the dark so much that I ended up buying the Paterson ratchet-load plastic reels and tanks and have used them ever since. They're easy...super easy to load.
That doesn't keep me from admiring and buying a few stainless steel tank sets every now and again. I use one on my desk to hold odds and ends. And over the years, they've become favorite subjects of mine for close up photography.