How can I get baleen knitting needles?


Does anyone know how to find baleen knitting needles?

  10 answers
  • By Brittany Goldwyn By Brittany Goldwyn on Apr 26, 2019

    If it's a specialty item, have you tried ebay?

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Apr 26, 2019

    Yes, look at ebay and


  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Apr 26, 2019

    Try eBay or michaels crafts

  • Dorothy Dorothy on Apr 26, 2019

    Try Alaska chamber of commerce

  • Yolanda Beltjones Yolanda Beltjones on Apr 27, 2019

    Craft store

  • Diane Coverdale Diane Coverdale on Apr 27, 2019

    Maybe at an antique shop, as baleen is from whales (they're still banned from global fishing) so they will be difficult to find.

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    • Diane Coverdale Diane Coverdale on Apr 27, 2019

      I'm so sorry for misunderstanding as at one time in the late 1800-1900's this was a material used to make knitting needles. You could try searching on-line for knitting supply shops or specialty shops or visit a few for some advise or suggestions. I hope this helps you, and again I do appologize for misunderstanding. Good luck!!

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 27, 2019

    there are soooo many types of knitting needles available why the Baleen? Whaling fleets killed an estimated 1 million sperm whales between the 18th and 20th centuries, and hundreds of thousands of almost every type of baleen whale. After exhausting popular oil-producing baleen species such as bowhead, gray, humpback and right whales, whalers turned to leaner, less valuable alternatives such as sei and minke whales. Although commercial whaling was banned in 1986 by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), sei and minke are still heavily targeted slaughtered by Japan, Norway and Iceland, which dodge or defy the IWC moratorium.Recovery of whale populations from historic overexploitation has been patchy and incomplete. While some populations and species show encouraging signs of recovery, others show almost no signs of improvement despite a complete ban (e.g. ‘the moratorium’) on commercial whaling having been in place for almost 25 years.

    Whales have a very slow reproductive rate with adult females giving birth to one calf every few years.just google them they are readily available

    • Joyce Barker Joyce Barker on Apr 27, 2019

      The "baleen" needles I am looking for are made of a sort of plastic. The tips have a unique form to keep the stitches from slipping off easily. the shaft has some sort of coating to make the yarn behave differently.

      I would never buy needles made from real whale baleen. I'm sorry for the misunderstanding.

      Joyce Barker

  • Diane Coverdale Diane Coverdale on Apr 27, 2019

    Have you tried using bamboo or those specialty wooden ones? Depending on the knitting size you require and length, they maybe similar, thinner (smaller) sizes maybe too pliable and tend to warp. Find a local knitting supply store and the staff should be able to help you find something to fit your needs.

  • Joyce Barker Joyce Barker on Apr 27, 2019

    NO NO NO! The baleen I am referring to is a form of plastic. The knitting needle ends are shaped the same way as the old, real ones.



  • Anna Kessler Anna Kessler on Jun 15, 2019

    Joyce, I am looking for them too!

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