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Boye Balene

Needle Type Material Length Per Set US Sizes Available
Double Pointed Plastic 7 inch five  
Price Discontinued European Sizes Available  

 

Nanette Blanchard  
Balene needles by Boye are incredibly smooth with an unusual point. If you've ever tried them, you would probably go to great lengths to get more. They are discontinued now but I see them often for sale on Ebay.

The material I believe is a type of plastic that is supposed to be similar to actual whalebone. The tips of the needles have what they call Perfection Points which supposedly help prevent dropped stitches. They do break though in the smaller sizes (size 2 US and lower) unfortunately.