Okay, the mailman came back and delivered my needles. Whew.
By now there has been several posts on these needles, but I thought I'd show you them in comparison to the Knitpicks Options nickel needles.
Head to head:
The Harmony needles feel very similar to the options needles, with a little more grab. I like slick needles and these are very similar to slicker bamboo needles like Crystal Palace.
They have a very similar tip; I was able to perform k3tog and m1 with ease. They are about the same size as the nickel tips too.
Above you can see the laminated wood colors. Certainly not as circus-like as on the Knitpicks webpage. (Size 7 needles shown.)
There was some concern on some boards that the colors would obscure stitches. So I poked around in the stash and found some grey/blue/purple Koigu that looked to have good potential for blending in with the Harmony wood.
I don't think any color yarn would pose a serious problem.
There is a tiny, teeny space between the wood and the metal join. However normal laceweight doesn't seem to snag at all. Here is some Pewter Zephyr wool-silk laceweight on a size 10 Harmony:
I tried to knit tight, and was able to slide the yarn around over the joins.
Sadly there is some trouble in paradise.
Make sure to hold the metal join and NOT the wood tip when tightening in your tips. Otherwise the tip may make a lovely crunchy noise and come free of the metal. Ask me how I know this. :(
Also, some of the threads may not be true on the tips. I have a bad US10 and US4. Test your set to make sure. If you find a problem, KP customer service is excellent and will replace them. I know this was a problem with the nickel Options too. I guess the manufacturing tolerances on a $6 needle isn't very high.
All in all, I love these needles. I will be using them for slippery yarns and in the winter when I will want a warmer option to the nickel. The occasional defect is an annoyance but not a prohibitive one, especially for the price.
I haven't used my DPNs yet, but I will let you know what I think soon.