The Needle - A Noble Product!
Bohin website. With an attitude like that, you would expect some spectacular needles - and they are. I am not sure how I wound up with a package of Bohin Appliquer needles in my possession but I noticed more and more that when I had some hand sewing, I was searching for my Bohins. Then I noticed that a marking pencil that I had picked up at a local quilt store because of it's unique design worked really well for my needs -- and it was made by Bohin. Hmmm. I decided to learn more about the company.
It says right on the needle packaging that the needles are made in France. The website relates that the company is located on the Risle river in Normandy, France and has been in business for over 170 years. The building it is housed in is registered as an historic building and the machinery used is engineered and designed on the premises. Bohin actually began as a toy manufacturer but shifted to needles and pins in 1868. The company has kept up with times, modernizing as needed, and winning an environmental award for purifying the water it used in its nickel plating operations so completely. To quote the company description of the factory: This old mill on the edge of the Risle river has been preserved through continuous use. It has evolved through time whilst maintaining its original character and architecture. Everywhere on the Bohin website you find words like quality, exacting, precision. That certainly is true of the needles that I have. They are delicate but strong. I find it fascinating that something as simple as a needle can create a good feeling for a person, but it is true.
Bohin has been selling its notions in the U.S. since 1997. I can't find a catalog for the U.S. but the needles and pens are available in selected stores and through the internet. They are worth a try if you have access.