All ndls are tapered (the taper varies slightly be brand). I, personally, knit near the tip but have been knitting for decades. If you're a new knitter, I'd advise knitting on the straight of the ndl to achieve larger sts. As noted, working near the tip will give you smaller sts, most likely tighter sts that you may find difficult to work. Over time you'll determine if you're perhaps a loose or tight knitter and will find your rhythm on the ndl wherever it is most comfortable for you.