This is a 25 pack of 38 Star needles being sold at a deep discount because the needles have rusted. The rust on these is not too bad, but some needles are worse than others.
38 Star (Blue) Our favorite needle to use when felting into fabric. All of our flat needle felting kits that are worked on linen come with this needle.
Rust generally does not affect the function of felting needles. They can be wiped and coated in an anti-corrosion oil if you want to clean them up and prevent further rusting. It is rare for rusted needles to discolor the wool you are working with as long as you have wiped them before you start using them.
Felting needles do tend to rust over time (over a number of months or years), especially when exposed to humidity. They are made of high carbon steel, not stainless steel. We had a few batches of needles in 2022 that started rusting more quickly than usual. These are for sale at significant discounts. We are now taking a number of new precautions so that our needles arrive in brand new condition at the time of purchase.
SECONDS needles are final sale (no returns).
A note on rust and tetanus: although rusty metal has become synonymous with the risk of tetanus, tetanus is not caused by rust, but by a bacteria. Our felting needles are manufactured and stored in a clean indoor environment. We believe that they are not a health risk, but please be sure that you feel comfortable and educated on this topic if you decide to purchase these needles.