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What is the difference between a comb and a hackle?
Combs are for aligning the fibers by transferring them from one comb to the other. As the fibers are opened with each pass between the combs, vegetable matter and other undesirable contaminants fall out.
Top is made by removing the fiber, a process called dizzing. Dizzing pulls the longest fibers from the comb, leaving the shorter fibers behind for a more consistent and pleasurable spinning experience.
Hackles are primarily used for blending, either for combining 2 or more different fibers together (for example, merino with silk) or for blending different colors in a variety of ways. However, if the degree of fineness is approximately the same, you can also transfer the last pass of fiber from several comb loads onto the hackle for a larger amount of top for less joining during spinning.
Are the tines sharp?
The beautifully tapered tines are sharp. We advise using care and moving slowly and deliberately, especially if you are just learning how to use them. Always keep the covers on the tools when not in use.
What metal are the tines made of?
They are made of hardened steel.
What wood do you use to make the tools?
All of the hackles are made with hard maple and most of the combs are also made with hard maple. Only the Fine Minis are available in Cherry or Walnut in addition to Maple.
Are there any online resources you would recommend for learning how to use the combs and hackles?
Check out Kimberly's YouTube channel, The Natural Spinner. There are several videos focused on combing.
Do you accept custom orders?
It never hurts to ask. Please let us know what you have in mind.