Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Needles

So in July 26, 2012 I ordered the new Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Knitting Needles. I have finally gotten them in the mail. Now, it isn’t the shops fault it took so long. I ordered them right as Knitter’s Pride re-designed them. Honestly, if I knew they were re-designing them, I wouldn’t have ordered them. I liked the looks of the first ones better. The new ones have metal tips that I am not happy with.

I ordered a 32 inch (80 cm) US 2.5 (3.00 mm) Karbonz needles. I have to say that they feel great, but I am not happy with them. I tried them out with a Koigu 10, skeinettes (Quilt Bee Quilt). I found that the needles catch at the spot where the metal tips & the shaft meet.

See where the silver meets the karbon (black)? You don’t feel the little grove with your fingers but the yarn like to catch right there. Yep, that means I won’t use them & don’t like them. No, it isn’t a horrible thing, but I use my metal needles because the yarn slides smoothly through the knitting stitch. If it is slow or catches then I have issues with the needles. The first look I had at the karbonz needles there wasn’t any metal tips. See below:

Those were what I thought I ordered & wanted. I am very displeased with the re-do & wish they never re-did them.

Other then that yarn catching the needles are very nice. Yarn slides very quickly (faster then wood) though not as fast as the metal. I have some silk blend yarn that slides very fast off my metal needles. Though not fast enough to cause me problems. Wood needles are too slow for my knitting.

In closing, I would not buy these needles again or buy more of them. These were a waste of my $14.95. I could have bought another Addi Turbo or a hank of yarn. But I wanted to try them & have learned my lesson. So if you are looking to purchase these, I would not recommend them.

Here are the other pictures I took of the needles:

EDIT: October 31, 2012

At the time of writing this & the above I have not contacted the store which I purchased these from or Knitter’s Pride.

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  1. We’re so sorry to hear about your experience with Karbonz and hope that you will contact us at to exchange your defective needles – the yarn definitely shouldn’t be catching on the tips as you knit.

    The reason we redesigned Karbonz was because of an issue with the large-scale production; the tips of the needles simply weren’t smooth enough to ensure ease of knitting. During our redesign process, we realized we could have the best of both worlds if we combined the high tensile strength of the carbon fiber with the sharp tips of our Nova needles.

    We appreciate your feedback; it’s an important part of our research and development process. We want you to be thrilled with your needles and hope you’ll give us a chance to make it right!

    Warm Regards,
    The Team at Knitter’s Pride

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