We love the Snowy Creek Felting Tool because not only does it do an excellent job at felting but the aluminium body will also last a lifetime.
Because the body of the tool is engineered from aluminium it's possible to ensure that all the needle slots are made to the highest of tolerances, meaning the needles are seated securely in the base. At the same time the rubber o-rings which hold them in place allow for a slight flex, which means needles breakages should be less common. Aluminium is a super-light metal, so the weight of the tool is just 11gm.
It's also possible to choose your own configuration of needles, as each one can be removed individually.