Knit Pro Nova Cubics Interchangeable Needle Tips 6.5mm
I have not used this particular pair yet, but I have been using a 5.5mm pair, for the first time, for a few weeks now; so my review will be based off of that particular size.
They are very slick! I've had 7 stitches slip off, when I wasn't paying attention and took my eyes off my needles near the beginning of a row. I easily slipped them back on though. That was when I was knitting with them for the very first time initially, and I was only on my third two with them, so I was still getting used to them. So, user error, and not product error! They appear slicker than a 5.5mm Single Pointed Needles version I have, but I don't know if that's because the Single Pointed needles were purchased in a local yarn store and on a display stand for a few years before I got them.
The threads inside are smooth and easily attach to their cables. The join between the needle and cable is level and smooth. You can see the join but can't feel it. I have not had any issues with yarn getting caught while knitting. I use the keys that are provided with the cables, to extra tighten them after screwing them onto the cables. Since I added them to my cable for the first time (a few weeks back) I have not had the needles tips come loose from the cables at all; and I eyeball check them after I've completed each row, since I'm knitting with them for the first time.
I am knitting flat, but I have moved my project fully from one side to the other a few times, because I initially put on a shorter cable than I needed. so I've changed cable sizes a few times, and had to slide my project across the cable completely, to the other needle after changing the cable; and I have had no issues with yarn catching at all.
My experience knitting with them so far has been great. I have had no issues. Just make sure you use the cable key to tighten the needle tips fully after screwing them on.
My review is only 4 stars, due to only having used the 5.5mm version for the first time for a few weeks. They're the first of their interchangeable needle tips that I've used. Because I've only been using them for a short time (probably a month now), and the fact I haven't used any of their other sizes yet, I can't comment on longevity of the needle tips themselves. That's why I dropped a star. If I can edit my review, then I shall come back and do that at a later date.
Also, the needles themselves are quite light, but feel very sturdy. They have a good point to them, but they're not too sharp that I can injure myself - because I tend to press a finger against the left needle tip in-between knitting, to move my stitches closer to the needle tip. Not every one knots like that though, but I know others do, so it's worth mentioning. Just don't press down super hard on the needle tip, or it will start to hurt.
Like I said before, the surface of the needles is slick, so you will be able to knit faster; as long as you keep your eyes on your work as you knot, you won't accidentally drop a stitch (or 7). If you are new to knitting, I don't think I would recommend these, due to their slickness; but I would recommend their wood versions. (With the acrylic and wood versions, you need to screw the needle tips onto the cable by holding the lower base of the needle - as close to that cable join as you can. Do not hold the middle of the needle, or near the tip, while screwing and tightening the needle tips onto your cable, or you will end up snapping your needle. Hold the same place when screwing and tightening your metal needle tips onto the cables as well. It's easier to hold and tighten them while holding them at the base any way, no matter what material they are made of.) I know the shape of the needles is different, but I don't have any problems with knitting with them.
After initially purchasing a pair of the Nice Cubic Single Pointed 5.5mm needles, and knitting with them (they're what I started my current project on - a baby blanket - but a third of the way through my project started to get heavy and it got awkward to knit quickly - so I realised I need some circular needles. I knew I liked knitting with the Nova Cubics, so I splurged on a standard and short set of Nova Cubic Interchangeable Needles (with cables, cable keys, end stops, and a case). But my sets didn't include the 6.5mm size, and that's why I'm here...
Like I said, I had knitted with their single needle pointed versions, so I knew I would be happy knitting with the cubic shape of the needles already. Every one has their own preferences when it comes to needle material. If you are contemplating buying a set of interchangeable needles, make sure to try knitting using single pointed needles first - in different materials. That way you can discover what your preferred needle material is; and also take into consideration the yarn type, because that can effect what material needle you prefer to use with certain yarn types. You can also purchase a Knit Pro Interchangeable Needles Comby Starter Set 1 - for like £12 - and it comes with 4mm, 5mm, and 6mm needle tips (each in a different material). I think one pair of needles included are Nova Cubics (or they could be in a different Comby Starter set). Plus you also get three different sized cables, 3 cable keys, 3 end stoppers, a case, instructions, and (I think) cable connectors. It's a good set to try interchangeable needles for the first time - I even gifted a set to a friend recently! And you can get wooden Cubics, so that's always an option! And all of their interchangeable needle tips, cables, and end caps are interchangeable, unlike Chaiogoo. And HiyaHiya (unless you get their adapters). They are also interchangeable with Knitters Pride (same company but based in the US), Knit Picks and (same products, just rebranded). There's another company (same products, just rebranded) that's compatible, but I always forget the name (US based).
Forgot to mention: If they do happen to break, then Knit Pro will replace individual needle tips and/or cables if they break, free of charge, without having to send the broken one back. Just contact Knit Pro directly, by email, with all the details (broken product photo would help too).
Obviously I am very happy with this product! I have Nova Cubic Interchangeable Needle Tips in every size they offer now. Of you like the cubic shape, want to knit quicker, or knit quick already, then I would definitely recommend these!
Also, delivery was quite prompt to Ireland, and I always overt worry when ordering from a company for the first time, while waiting for my package. Royal Mail tracking was a bust! They constantly just said my package was being prepared and the sender had let them know it would be with them soon. The night before I received it the status hadn't changed. I had already messaged the website earlier that day and got a prompt and very detailed reply about their Royal Mail experience so far. The next morning (yesterday) I received my package. Shipped 24th April, and received 29th April (UK > Ireland). Total thumbs down for Royal Mail for how they deal with this company's packages, and I order from the UK online quite a bit, and they manage to scan other company's packages just fine, so the tracking stays updated, so yeah, they do not provide a good service for this company's packages (besides actually collecting and delivering them successfully). Forgot to mention, my package visited Customs too, so extra pleased with how quickly my package actually arrived.
I will definitely be ordering from this company again!
Note: I ordered multiple items from this company for the first time, so I will be copying parts of my revies and adding them to other product reviews (that came with the same order; so others can read my first time order experience with this company).