You'll probably also find that you just adjust to the sharp quills and over time you don't notice them. About the only quills that I can feel now are sharp baby quills. Either you get used to the sensation of being poked or maybe the hands just go 'numb.' I also think that you learn how to handle a quill ball so that it doesn't hurt as much. For instance, try to scoop a quill ball up with both hands. Place a hand on each side and gently scoop both hands under at the same time. It helps spread the weight out so that the quills do not poke in as far. Another suggestion is to use the same method as above with a receiving blanket on one side and gently roll the hedgehog into your hands.