This is a follow up review of the Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Knitting needles (see previous review here: Knitter’s Pride Karbonz Needles).
If you read the last entry on these needles you will know that I wasn’t too pleased with them. Knitter’s Pride contacted me & advised me that the needles I received may have been defective & offered to replace them. I, honestly, spent some time trying to determine if I really wanted to try them again & in the end decided to go ahead. I received the package on Friday, November 09, 2012. To my surprise Knitter’s Pride didn’t just send me a replacement they sent DPNs in US 3, straights in US 2, & my replacement 32 inch fixed circular in US 2.5. That right there surprised me. Didn’t expect to receive any more then the one needle. So I have spent the last two hours trying each one. Here is what I have determined.
To Quote Knitter’s Pride Website:
A revolutionary product!! New-age needles made from High-Tech carbon fiber with tips in nickel plated brass!
This is one reason I was attracted to them. I liked the idea of trying something new. Plus they looked down right cool. Though I do admit I was admiring the older version of them not the new metal tipped ones.
Combination of two versatile materials – light bodied carbon fiber & sharp brass tips – is guaranteed to provide an unparalleled knitting experience!! No other knitting needle comes closer to this!!
I use nickel plated brass on my other needles, so this really didn’t worry me too much. My Addi Turbos & KnitPicks are nickel plated brass. I am used to & love this type of needle. Nickel plated brass is what I taught myself to knit on. No wooden needles for me, lol.
Carbon fiber is one of the most versatile material used in manufacture of the new generation aircraft, space ship, automobiles, etc.!!
Shiny, smooth brass tips comes in perfect points, flawlessly tapered – Ideal for all types of yarns and for every project
I have to agree on the perfect points, flawless tapering tips. They are very nice & easy to pick up your stitches with. The points are beautiful. If you like lace tips, then these tips are for you.
The needles have high tensile strength, are light weight with lot of flexibility
Ok, one of the reasons I don’t like wooden knitting needles very much is because I tend to snap them. I do enjoy the give of the wooden needles, but not the snapping. These reminded me very much of wooden needles in that they are very light-weight & very flexible without feeling like they were going to snap in half. Well, done Knitter’s Pride.
Surface made of carbon fiber helps the stitches move smoothly on the needle!!
The stitches moved very smoothly though not a quickly as on metal needles. Though I didn’t expect them to move like on my metal needles. The stitches did move quicker then when they are on wooden needles. So if you dislike metal needles because the stitches move to fast, yet not fast enough on wooden then these may be
Warm to touch & gentle in the hand
These are very much like wooden needles to the touch. I, honestly, don’t notice a difference in “warm” or “cold” on my needles, so I really don’t have an opinion on this.
A smooth join ensures easy stitch glide and no snagging
Ok, here is where I still have a problem. Yes, the back joins are non-snagging. I still snagg in the tip to karbon area at the tip of the needle. Now, I will agree that the new ones do not snagg as bad & I can barely feel it snag but it is still there. It may be me so I would not say that these are no good, but that I would honestly just try one (buy only one before buying a lot) & see what you think. I used Prima Cotton this time to try them. I knit by feel mostly & though the “snagging” never cause any issues or marks on the yarn, I still feel it.
Resilient, flexible cables lay flat with no kink or twist – easy to store
The cable reminds me of the Addi Turbo cable, though they are not the same. Very nice to work with.
The size range from US 000 (1.50mm) to US 4 (3.50mm) are ideal for lace knitting, sock knitting, etc.
I knitted (garter stitch) for two rows per needle. These are my thoughts on the different types of needles.
I haven’t used straight needles since I first started to knit, so this was a little awkward for me. I perfer circular needles to knit all things. I have straight needles but they remain in my case. These were very nice though. They didn’t hardly snag at all & again the snagging could be my knitting or just the sensitivity of my fingers feeling it.
Ok, I only use DPNs for icord or holding stitches. Never got the hang of knitting in the round with them. Here I just knit back & forth the same way I did with the straights. I, honestly, loved these for picking up stitches. The tips were wonderful for that. Otherwise, the same as the straights.
These were the original (well, the replacement needles) size & type I ordered. Though these do not snag or catch, or create a feeling of it as much as the others did, they still do. These I believe that I could get used to the feeling of that snag & work with them. I love the feeling of them & I will try to use them. Unfortunately, I still like the first ones that I saw better. No matter how well something is made there will always be a “bump” when you are putting two different materials together. There is no way around it.
Would I recommend these? Only if I knew the knitter liked wooden needles but wanted to have needles where the stitches moved a little faster. Also before buying a set of them, I would recommend that they order one & see how they like them. Personally, I doubt that I will order any more of them. Though I do enjoy my US 7 Symfonie Dreamz that I got from Knitter’s Pride (review next time).
As a company, Knitter’s Pride is wonderful. They contacted me after my last review & offered to send me replacement needle since my was probably (& now is) defective. Instead of just sending me the one needle, they sent me the replacement, DPNs, & straights; all of which I have reviewed above. I have to admit I wasn’t expecting a company to do that, but they did. Thanks so much, Knitter’s Pride. You all are some of the best! :happy: I will & do recommend you do business with this company. They care about their customers.