These needle have a rubbery coating on them. They are used to hold in your hand instead of in a rooting tool for more advanced detail.
These needles are for advanced use only. They have a single barb on one edge only, and nothing on the other edges.
This item is Groz-Beckert part #614411. Groz-Beckert is a German company, but their needles are actually made in Portugal. Most of the entire world market for felting needles is in German hands (even though Germany does not actually manufacture any felting needles any more).
THIS IS FOR UNCUT NEEDLES. If you want to use them in our rooting tool, you must cut them. We sell an excellent pair of cutters for cutting them, as item #1140. They are the best we have ever tried for cutting these needles. We also sell a "Second Best" pair of cutters which are also pretty good (not as good as #1140, though), and about 1/4 the cost as #1140! Our SB Cutters ("Second Best") are item #1229. Click here to see our needle cutters.