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Brittany Birch 


Needle Type Material Length Per Set US Sizes Available
Double Pointed Birch 7.5 in five  0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.25, 10.5, 10.75, 10.78, 11, 13
Price $6-7/set European Sizes Available 2, 2.25, 2.5, 2.75, 3, 3.25, 3.5, 3.75, 4, 4.25, 4.5, 5, 5.25, 5.5, 5.75, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 9

Nanette Blanchard  
These needles don't have the smoothest finish and the yarn tends to stick where the name is embossed in the needle. In sizes 2 or smaller they do bend out of shape but they are very lightweight if that is a consideration for you.
Jane Rock Kennedy The Vagabond Knitter
These needles are just excellent for me. I agree with a previous comment that the yarn sometimes does not slip as well where the name is embossed into the birch, but after much use they develop a nice patina and things move more smoothly. However, size 2 and under I consistently wind up bending (have not broken one yet) at this length, however I did manage to crack one making it basically unusable as the crack snags the fiber. Glad they come in sets of five. One of the plusses is that I have not had to fight stitches slipping off the points and this is a benefit when working a complex pattern. All in all I have been very pleased with them and while I would like to try some other (non metal) needles I love my Brits and definitely prefer them over metal.
C. Quinilty  
I like the wood dpn made by Brittany. They have a good finish, light weight and sturdy. I do not like metals. They are too slippery and heavy. They fall out of the stitches easily.