My last order of 1000 tapestry needles, brought with it a few surprises! I didn’t notice it at first, but when packing larger kits, I put the bulk of the wool inside the canvas and hold it all together with the needle. And these needles were bending!! They were really easy to bend.
I sent a handful of the new needles back to the supplier who were as mystified as I was and have now counted and checked 1000 more needles to send to me as a replacement.
I have bent tapestry needles before, but it took a couple of years when I used the same one all the time to see how long it would last. It took on a gentle curve, but I had to throw it away in the end because as it wore, it became too sharp!