I've been wanting to review these needles for a while as I got them, gosh, months ago, but wanted to use them a bit before I did.
I've always loved bamboo the best. Most don't have the best cords or the joins to the metal which always stopped up the knitting, for me at least. Probably as I knit tightly.
Switch X-changeable Circular needles by KA. Sizes US 5-15.
They are kept in this cool case, and you can see at the top where the cords fit in. Very portable!
What I love is the entire needle is bamboo. The end part is brass. Some others have smaller tips in the larger size, which I find annoying to knit with. I only have the metal in those sizes 11-17, but I have to say the shorter length is harder to knit with for me. So for me, this was the selling point. They screw on pretty tightly, and I've only had a couple instances where it's been loose, but not fallen off. Mainly when knitting chunky wools. With any interchangeable, I find myself always making sure the joins are tightened.
That being said, if you love knitting with bamboo like I do, they are very nice. Not too pointy, but for most work, just right.
Another selling point was the cord lengths, 16"-53". However, what I didn't realize, until I got them, is the thickness of them.
You can see above, the very top cord is thicker and used basically with the larger tips. The bottom one with sizes 5-9.
You can see them in action here! I've annotated where the join is, you can barely see it, and the transition is pretty flawless IMHO. They work great on hats, and small knits, but in the lower sizes the thinness of the cords can make an adult sweater harder to knit. They just aren't that strong at the joins, in my opinion.
You can't join them to extend the length, just like the other pairs I've mentioned. You can't use the thicker cords with the smaller tips as the brass end pieces have different sizes for each size needle. Quite the bummer there too.
However, that's why I have a few backups when needed for those types of knits. Mainly why I got this as a companion set, not my go to set for heavy duty sweater knitting. Which ain't happening here any time soon as it is!
I got mine here! They don't show the same case I got, I think this was one they had in the early days selling of it. It was present to myself after a bonus at work, one can't spend all the $$ on yarn...which I didn't as just after I placed this order..um..er... I had an interesting time, on my trip to Charlotte.