Weight: 21 g & 16 g / 3/4 oz
Length: 8.25" Shaft
To spin a larger amount of fibre with this spindle you would have to make a couple cops to do so as the shaft doesn't have the length for a few oz (but it's the travel size) . I have a bit of fibre chosen to make a bigger skein with this spindle to test out how much fibre I can pack on before it becomes cumbersome. (I will update this post when I do that)
Both ends are shaped but not to an absolute point. I don't have to worry too much about any damage with this Russian. The bulb end is quite large, and slightly tapered which keeps this spindle's centre of gravity down low. When I give it a twist, its spins very fast and keeps speed until a few moments before it stops. Russian spindles are known for spinning very fast so you can produce very fine yarns. This spindle's weight is geared towards laceweight yarns.
The point you spin off has also been tapered to a fine point, but not one where it is too sharp. The angle is pretty much the exact degree at which I am holding my hand and the fibre. I think this would be a big help for those looking to try support spindling. I found it didn't really "click" until I had the right angle down and with the tip of the shaft, you can just line up your single along it. The Zircote wood is nice and hard so there is no splitting or anything either. I've always loved dark woods so that doesn't hurt either.
A lot of the Ghstworks spindles have this shaped. It reminds me of one of my favourite spindles and my first review. Another reason I was happy to find this maker.
One thing that is a habit with support spindles is I like to just spin them around in my hand without any fibre and see how they behave. This one spins for a nice amount of time and boy is it smooth - not a wobble. Wish it had a bit more spin time though.
Length of spin: 9.4 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Fair
Overall Rating: 8.75/10