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 Has anyone tried the new Forsyth 4 pitch combs?
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arianie
Chatty Knitter

USA
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Posted - 05/02/2006 :  03:22:36 AM  Show Profile  Visit arianie's Homepage Send arianie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I saw a photo and description of the new Forsyth 4 pitch combs at http://www.woolcombs.com/ and has been curious since. I have the 2 pitch ones and I think they're very lovely to work with. I like the fact that they have included a hackle and a wooden case for the new comb set but am not sure of how they fare. It is made in lovely exotic jatoba wood.

Been lusting after it eversince I saw it came out.

Arie
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Davy
Warming Up

United Kingdom
62 Posts

Posted - 05/02/2006 :  9:42:27 PM  Show Profile Send Davy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Arianie, it's a nice looking set. I have ordered and impatiently waiting for a set from Alvin Ramer in Canada, the Super Mini Combs and an 18 inch hackle. I would have liked a larger set but my daughters have expressed an interest also, a bit of a compromise.
I was going to include the link to Fibrecombing but I see you have been there already. Hope you find the info your looking for, let us know how you get on please.

Davy
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arianie
Chatty Knitter

USA
120 Posts

Posted - 05/03/2006 :  07:30:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit arianie's Homepage Send arianie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Davy

Yes I've looked at the Ramers but I wasn't really thrilled with the size. The minis are just too small and the Superminis are awkwardly large. I know many rave about the Ramer combs and that they're pretty and believe me as someone who appreciates pretty and well-made items it was a hard decision to make. One thing that draws into the factor is the size and the convenience. I have very small hands and I'd like to comb lots of fibers so I guess the trade in is either the size or weight. I checked combs from Contraman, Indigo Hound, Lani, Ramers (someone at the guild has them), Forsythe, Valkyrie so ended up with the Forsyth 2 pitch. They handles are comfortable and they were just the right size but like any other mini combs I can only do small batches. The Ramers were my second pick but the superminis were just too large although they're pretty and I have a problem with the handles they're flat, and angular intead of round and they're just a little awkward to handle (at least for me). I'm a practical person. I'd rather buy something I will use instead of leaving it hanging in a corner somewhere. Anything that's not used will have to go out the door. Looks like my carder is getting that way :-) I swear by the Forsyths; pretty and just the perfect grip so when I saw the new 4 pitch ones being made I thought they were just just perfect. Instead of 2 large combs it is a comb and a hackle, makes perfect sense when it comes to production jobs and heavy combing. And I like the idea of the Forsyth box; I have little ones that have curious minds and hands. Also I am a big fan of Judith Mackenzie. I think she's an awesome teacher (she uses and recommends the Forsyth). If the Ramers had a different shaped handle I'd probably consider. And perhaps not a tad too large. Just my 2 cents.

Arie
http://arianie.blogspot.com/

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KathyR
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New Zealand
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Posted - 05/03/2006 :  4:54:50 PM  Show Profile  Visit KathyR's Homepage Send KathyR a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Good website you linked to, Arie. I like the mini videos they have on using their products. Helpful, even for those not buying that particular brand.

KathyR
Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
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KromGal
Gabber Extraordinaire

594 Posts

Posted - 05/10/2006 :  8:31:02 PM  Show Profile Send KromGal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We used the Forsyth 4-Pitch combs (super fine) in Judith MacKenzie's Comprehensive Spinning workshop last week at MDSW. They are awesome, and are now her favorite combs! In fact, the S/F were made at her request. They do so much....dehair, blend, and even comb! Immediately cornered Morgaine from Carolina Homespun on Friday evening and had her one set reserved for me. (I got #9!) I have the Forsyth mini combs and love them, too.
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ferret1
New Pal

19 Posts

Posted - 07/18/2010 :  1:32:36 PM  Show Profile  Visit ferret1's Homepage Send ferret1 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Are they still selling them? Their website seems to not have been updated since 2009?

Vicky
http://www.ldsvenus-knits.com/Knit-Wit
ravelry - ldsvenus
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Shelia
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USA
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Posted - 07/19/2010 :  07:49:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've heard that they are selling the combs, no longer wholesale but will sell directly themselves. Try an email to them, or perhaps a phone call.

(I have their 4-pitch combs and love them, great weight, lovely woodworking)

Shelia
www.letstalkstash.blogspot.com
ravelry name - sheliaknits
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La galloise
Chatty Knitter

France
163 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2010 :  05:35:43 AM  Show Profile Send La galloise a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh boy,they look really good.........I'm not normally a "luster" !! but I think those are going to be top of my birthday present list(luckily it's in September)
Thankyou for putting the link online
Mary
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