Left to right: Rosewood, I think Lantern Moon, DyakCraft, Takari Clover (these are US 7s) and then a sock size Signature Needle Stiletto tip. I see the difference to my eye, in real life but can’t quite show a good example with my tools.
Here is a picture of 7 needles. On the left, a DyakCraft 8, the Rosewood 8, DyakCraft 6, Clover Takumi 7, DyakCraft 5,4, Signature 1 1/2.
I own many brands of needles. I think it is easier to list the ones I know of that I haven’t tried yet in one form or another: Knitters Pride, KnitPro, KnitPicks, Blackthorne, Spanish Peacock, Indian Lakes Artisans, that I know of.
I believe all needles have pros and cons. I put a priority on American made. As long as I can afford them, I will buy them. I also like a 5″ dpn. Not everyone offers that. I found DyakCraft before I saw KnitPicks. (Possibly before KnitPicks offered laminates. I’m not sure.) I have a friend who loves KnitPicks. To my eye they are quite lovely. She hasn’t had quality control issues with hers. So that is great.
I had issues with their customer service being rude. I also don’t like the notion of trying to keep others from selling similar needles. (As in filing a lawsuit.). Add to that, I love the needles I have used, and I don’t think I will try KnitPicks ever.
KnitPro and Knitters Pride are made of the same basic laminate. Plywood sealed together with a resin. Laminates are awesome. I don’t know about these specific needles as they aren’t American made.
I will be trying the Indian Lake Artisans and Spanish Peacock as soon as possible. I keep meaning to order. And probably the Stealth needles as well. And other artist made needles as I find them.
If you have any questions let me know. I hope we can all love our tools.