I love the Tulip Milliners size 10 by @hiroshima_needle.
They run about $8.00-10.00 for 6 needles.
Many say they bend... they are not wrong, however it is because of how you hold it, and that just means it fits your hand.
Milliners come in sizes 1-10, with 1 being larger and 10 being finer.
Tulip uses an electrodeposition coating.
What is electrodeposition coating? Here is their description:
Electrodeposition coating is a process of forming a coating film by dipping an object in a bath filled with water-soluble paint and then passing an electric current through the coated object.
Features of electrodeposition coating
1) Produces a smooth and even coating film with excellent surface quality.
2) Achieves uniform coating even on irregularly shaped surfaces, due to the high throwing power of electrodeposition paint.
3) No sagging or cracking of the coating film occurs.
They polish the needles lengthwise minimizing contact surface with the fabric
I have found that the Tulip brand are thinner/sharper than any other brand I have tried (I have tried a lot!) Once you try one, all other needles feel like you are trying to push nails through thread!
They make a larger eye size 10 but I haven’t found them anywhere so I highly recommend a table top needle threader like this one by @cloverusa
More tips and tricks will be shared in my Take &Teach classes at International Quilt Market Nov 3-6. The classes are just $10.00 when you register, so be sure to ask about them.