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bixby2
« on: June 10, 2007 04:56:47 PM »

I purchased a set of Knit Picks Options and some DPNs back in April/May.  I just noticed this week that the nickle finish is wearing off or discoloring!  I called and told customer service that this was happening and they said they had never heard of it happening before and replaced the specific needle tips that it was happening on.  I am worried that this will start happening on all the other tips too.  I can see it starting to happen on the DPNs that I started using last week.  Has this happened to anybody else?  Does it effect your knitting?  Should I be concerned that I have some weird nickle eating acid being extruded from my hands?
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2007 08:07:53 PM »

That is weird. Does it look like the brass (I think these needles are nickel-plated brass) is showing through? Have you knit a lot with them? It is conceivable that you could wear through the nickel plating where the needles rub together if you used them enough. I can't imagine anything else happening since nickel is pretty impervious.

At least Knitpicks replaced them... but this makes me nervous as I was considering getting an Options set myself.
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2007 08:27:43 PM »

I think it is more of a discoloration, tarnishing.  I don't think I explained it well the first time.  The finish is still smooth and there are no snags.  I would still highly reccomend them to anybody looking into getting them!  I think it must be the chemistry in my hands tarnishing them.  You can actually see circles where my fingertips rest most often.  I did a little looking around and found a site about guitars with nickel plating on them tarnishing from sweat, but still having stable finishes.  I was just curious if this tarnishing was happening to others.
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2007 11:24:06 AM »

I think something similar has happened to some of my most used sizes of the options. They just don't look as shiny any more. I'm not really concerned though. I just figured there was a little tarnishing going on.
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2007 11:51:24 AM »

maybe they're reacting to your hand lotion?
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2007 01:05:14 PM »

CraftyKate - I think that is what is happening.  I am glad to hear that when it looses its luster it doesn't get  rough patches.  That was what I was worried about.

Isisfae - I don't use any lotion.  I am probably borderline OCD when it comes to my hands and working with fiber
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2007 01:35:32 PM »

Yeah, I've had mine for a pretty long time now. I use them A LOT. No rough spots, just less shiny. While that''s a little annoying, I'm more concerned with function and that's still good.
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2007 01:49:09 PM »

discoloration does happen w/ knitpicks - nickel PLATED means that theres something underneath, and the nickel could wear off.
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JBoudreau
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2007 08:00:58 PM »

Some discoloration happened on my size 2 dpns, but weirdly, not on my size 1 circs that I use for magic loop.  Huh
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