Manufactured by Wm. Smith & Son, Redditch, England.
This set of 5 best cast steel needles are made by hand, and forged in England by the Wm. Smith & Son Co. Made from high carbon heat treated steel, with a highly polished finish, reduced edges, triangular points and long eyes for easy threading.
Needles are Size 13 s.w.g. to 19 s.w.g No. 209 Sailmakers Needles. (Needle size increases as the number decreases.)
A 16 s.w.g. needle is good for most work, but you may want to use a larger needle for corner stitching on large sails and smaller needles for seam work on smaller sails. There are no hard and fast rules, simply use the needle that yields the smallest hole without undue trouble.