These needles are 10 inches long. Most store bought needles are 14 inches. The extra 4 inches caused my shoulders to hurt. I searched high and low for shorter needles and found none, so I developed these wood needles. The wood is more comfortable in your hands and doesn't get cold. It also gives you more control for faster knitting. The wood is Buffed to a smooth finish. Please allow 7-10 days for needles to be made and shipped.