The Wingham Small English combs are built to the same high quality and specifications as the large standard combs... They're just a bit smaller, see detailed dimensions below
With a double row of tines (spikes) the combs can be mounted and rotated through 90 degrees to give a true worsted combing action.
Being smaller means they're a little cheaper than the standards combs, but there are other benefits too. The lower weight makes the combs much easier to handle, giving an easier swinging action and making it much easier to complete the process. And of course being lighter and more compact makes them easier to transport.
We recommend these combs for those wanting to work with long wools and the worsted process, that do not need the quantity output of the larger English comb set.
The tines are set in the head of the comb at an angle this is so that when one is clamped in the stand and rotated they are set at 90 degrees to the one in the combing hand. A downwards and sideways swing can then be used. Have a look at the information and video link on using the big combs on the English wool comb listing. It's much the same for the small combs.
The tines are 3mm engineered diameter with a double ground point. This specification and spacing means the fibres are easily and efficiently penetrated by the combs.
They can be used as free hand combs without the base unit.
Included with the combs is a tine straightener. This is an engineered tube that fits snugly over the tine enabling it to be safely and easily manipulated if bent. There is a good chance it will never be used but having it means problems are easily solved.
Sustainable sourced European Beech
Sealed varnish finish
Hardened and tempered 3mm, precision double point ground carbon tool grade steel tines, 10cm long.
Tine straightener included. The long tube with knob handle.
Base unit 20cm x 15cm Total height 17cm
Comb weight 240gms
Tine Working Width: 7.6 cm, 3 inches
The base is pre drilled for screwing to a bench. The alternative is to use G clamps (not supplied) .
Three hole sized diz included
The combs are either right or left handed, please specify when ordering.
The tine straightener is included just in case one gets bent. The tube is a snug fit over the tine and long enough to make it easy to lever back into place. Should never need to be used but its there if needed.
Care of Combs and Hackles.
After use make sure the combs are dry. If they are not to be used for a while give them a spray with WD40 or similar product. Hold them up with tines pointing down and spray. This allows any excess spray to run off. Store in a dry place. Garden sheds are not good places for carders or combs.
The tines are made from hardened and tempered high carbon tool steel. They are not rustproof, hence the care needed in storage.