Hand CardersThere are 5 products.

Over the past 30 years we have developed our own design of flat backed carders. As hand spinners we fully understand the needs and function of the hand carder to process a range of fibres.

We only make flat backs as they are the most efficient as they have the maximum surface area in contact with the fibres. Curved carders are only working on the top of the curve and thus have a less efficient carding action. They make the carding action feel easier as they are only working on a small area.
Many thousands of pairs have been produced by us and the demand continues.
Our standard carder has a surface of 18cm X 9cm as this has been found to be a good maximum size for working with.
The handles are fixed at the correct angle to keep the knuckles away from the wire. The handle is shaped to make the gripping easy being a good chunky diameter with a turned shape to enhance the grip in the palm of the hand.
Carding is well controlled and the quality of rolag produced aids in the quality of spinning.
Selection of the gauge of the wire is also important. We use 25 Carder Wire Gauge as this works the fibre well without damage. Too heavy a wire will damage the fibre and too fine will not have a good carding action.
The stainless steel wire we use removes the worry of rusting. Other makers often use tin or nickel plated wire which is ok until there is any damage to the plating when they can then start to rust.
By careful consideration of these finer points of carding we have designed what we believe to be an efficient tool for the task of wool preparation.

If the card cloth wire ever becomes worn after many years of work it is easily replaced.

From time to time we have come across spinners trying to use large carders designed for the cleaning of industrial machines. They look similar, most are much wider and narrower than hand carders. They are intended for one handed use against the drums of large machines to scrape off the dirt and debris. We do not suggest that they are used for handcarding and we cannot offer replacement cardcloth. They are often well used by the time they get to handspinners !

If you have specific needs then feel free to get in touch and discuss your requirements

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