Since Peter Teal made the first set many years ago, the classic Wool Blending Hackle has been widely copied. We worked closely with Peter to re-create his original design, and even making a couple of minor improvements along the way. As such we're confident that we can offer the best hackle on the market today. Great for blending combed tops both natural and synthetic to produce your own unique blends.
Its one of the tools that can be made in a rough and ready way by knocking nails through a piece of wood. But a well designed and made Hackle will perform to give the best results and be a pleasure to use.
Ours is a high specification design and build that will last a lifetime.
Hardwood base with plywood support shelf behind tines to support the fibres.
Total length 19" (49cm) Working length 16" (41cm) Height of tines 6" (15cm) tine diameter 3mm
This is a good working length enabling a good blended run of fibre to be taken off in one traverse of the hackle. With care several feet can be made from one loading of the hackle.
Double row of 117 tool steel tines hardened and tempered. A double row of fine tines works best as it holds the fibres well and gives a better blending effect when drafting.
Precision machine double angle ground points, each tine is identical, a long taper with a sharp point to allow ease of lashing wool onto the tines. One of our design features. Helps to avoid clumping and fibre damage when loading with fibre.
Safety bar to place over spikes when in use and storage. When working it is too easy to lean or reach over the combs and get spiked. We strongly suggest that the spikes are only left exposed when loading with fibre.
Included with each hackle is a tube straightening tool. Hopefully, this will never be used. We include it just in case you bend a tine. It is a perfect fit to drop the tube over the tine and precisely manipulate it back in place.
Multi sized hole diz included for the drawing off of fibres into continous sliver.
The hackle is designed to be used clamped to a table in order to provide a solid base to work with. We don't include the clamps as the additional weight would mean you'd end up paying a lot more for postage. Steel "G-Clamps" are available from any high street DIY store. Alternatively there a two pre-drilled holes at either end of the base unit if you would prefer to screw the hackle straight to the table.
Care of Combs and Hackles and guarantee
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.
Provided the hackle has been cared for we guarantee them for life.