When I was finishing up the yellow dishcloth the tips broke off of both knitting needles on the circular set of needles I was using. The needle on the left is one of the needles with the tip broken off - the one on the right is a the same brand needle but different size needle with the tip intact.
I dug these 12" straight needles out of my knitting stuff and used them to finish the yellow dishcloth. I don't like using these long needles as I am always hitting the arms of my chair with them. They are very awkward to hold and knit while sitting in my recliner.
When I was in Hastings the other day I purchased a better set of circular needles - the ones on the right in the photo. The old broken needles were size 7 but the new ones I purchased are size 6. I have found that size numbers on knitting needles are not universal so the sales clerk measured the ones I had been using with a plastic needle sizer that had holes of the different sizes - must have been the sizes of these Addi Turbo needles. Anyway my 7s were a little smaller than the 7 Addi Turbo and a little larger than the 6 Addi Turbo. Since I knit loose at times I decided to purchase the size 6.
These needles are really slick so are very easy to knit on. They are more expensive to buy too costing around $16. Don't remember what the Balene II cost but think it was in the $5 to $7 range but if they break after using them for a while it is not worth the cost. I have made quite a few dishcloths with the set that broke but will enjoy these new slick metal ones for years.