Hi all. locally there has been some discussion about the best insect pin manufacturer. In the discussion almost everyone has been praised, as well as disparaged. The sample pool to do a full statistical analysis on opinions however has been a bit small, so I am hoping to get a few more opinions from the wider group out there. Uses here include student use, professional museum level and coastal as well as inland. Any advice and experience would be much appreciated.
Best pins are stainless steel pins. In the past I used black enamel but I have replaced most of them for stainless. In my opinion they are also less visible than black pins. I used few brands before and now prefer Entosphinx. They don’t hook,have uniformed sized heads and length.
Last Edit: May 10, 2018 15:59:17 GMT by Adam Cotton: steal>steel
I agree entirely, stainless steel pins are the best. When I was young most people used brass pins, but they eventually destroy the specimen due to rusting from within. I have found that black enamel pins often rust too, and do not recommend them.
The best needles were formerly manufactured in Austria. - "Elefant" - This needles have always been very expensive. Unfortunatly the production was ceased.
Shiga needles from Japan are good, but too long (42mm)
The other needles I know are all from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and I can not tell the difference in quality. The quality is not so bad (sometimes the needle tips are not very good) but not comparable to elephant needles.