I've just read a recommendation for Clover black/gold needles and am very tempted to give them a go. I need strong/sharp needles when I'm hand sewing the binding onto my corsets.
"The needle is 30% less friction-resistant than conventional hand-sewing needles. The needle is polished along the axis and coated with ultra-thin black plating for anti-rust resistance. These do not bend and sew difficult to hand sew fabrics such as Coutil with ease. You will not be disappointed by these!"