Maker: Made in India
Weight: 20 g / 1/4 oz
Length: 7" Shaft 1" Whorl
Style: Tahkli Support Spindle
Brass Whorl, Metal Shaft
These spindles are made for spinning short stapled fibres like cotton much easier. Alden Amos says that until recently, they were almost always used exclusively for cotton. Especially in India from the 10th century on.
Brass tahklis like this one are amazingly fast. When you spin it in your hands you can't even see it moving. Its fast spin speed puts a lot of twist in your fibre very quickly, which is exactly what cotton needs. Also since this is a supported spindle you aren't putting any weight on the fibre, so you can spin very fine yarns (cotton likes to be thin).
I spin with this spindle in my pottery spindle bowl I received from my friend Lindsay. As you can see, the point on the bottom of this spindle is extremely sharp. If I used one of my wooden bowls, this tahkli would drill a hole in the bottom. This poses one problem because to wind the yarn onto the spindle, I have to be careful I'm not piercing my leg as I go.
The other end of of the shaft has a flattened hook. Your spun yarn fits in here and as your spindle spins, the twist enters your fibre supply as your draft backwards on the puni.
I should say that you don't have to use punis. Cotton comes in may forms including Easy-Spin. I just find that punis make spinning cotton less frustrating. The cotton just pulls of the rolag with little effort and if you find your puni isn't drafting easy, just break off your fibre and start spinning from the other side. Cotton will attach to itself and away you go.
This spindle holds its spin for a very long time and I find I'm the one stopping the tahkli and not the other way around. On any flat surface this spindle will go and go and with little effort.
It's quite comfortable in my hand and you really don't need to worry about breaking it too easily. There is more a chance of you stabbing your hand or leg (be prepared for that). This isn't the prettiest spindle either, but it doesn't need to be. It does its job and it does it very well. One thing I am not very happy about is that after spinning for a while, my hand smells like metal and sometimes feels sticky.
Length of spin: 23.9 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Not to shabby
Looks: Better than bad
Overall Rating: 8.5/10